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This is a history of the world's fastest mass produced, street-legal cars (as opposed to concept cars or modified cars). Image File history File links Merge-arrow. ... This page lists superlatives of the automobile industry - that is, the smallest, largest, fastest, lightest, best-selling, and other such topics. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Fast Cars is the bonus track on the Japanese and UK versions of U2s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. ... Mass production is the production of large amounts of standardised products on production lines. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1938 Buick Y-Job, the first Concept car A concept car or show car is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling, technology and more. ... The term modified car is given to vehicles that have been upgraded with aftermarket parts and components to add more to the complete car package, be it from a styling, audio or performance stand point. ...


The first automobile ever produced was the Benz Patent Motorwagen, built in 1886 by Karl Benz. Unique and consequently the fastest, it established a record speed of 16 km/h (10 mph). More than a century later, in September 2007, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT registered the latest record, for a production car, of 411.76 km/h (256.15 mph). After developing a successful gas-powered two-stroke piston engine in 1873, Karl Benz focused on developing a motorized vehicle. ... Karl Benz Karl Friedrich Benz, sometimes spelled Carl, (November 25, 1844, Karlsruhe, Germany – April 4, 1929, Ladenburg, Germany) was a German engine designer and automobile engineer, generally regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile. ... The American-built SSC Ultimate Aero TT is a supercar built by Shelby Super Cars (SSC) in order to rival the new Bugatti Veyron with speeds of over 250 mph (400 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 2. ...


It is of note that the base model of many of the vehicles listed is vastly lower in maximum speed than limited edition or very rare production models, which may or may not in themselves not fall into the category of 'production car'.


Record Holders

Date Car Speed Comment
km/h mph
1901 Mercedes 35 hp 85 53
1903 Mercedes 60 hp 96 60
1921 Bentley 3 Litre Super Sports 160 100
1926 Bentley 4½ Litre 160 100
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Murphy Roadster 210 130.5
1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged 222.02 137.96
1932 Duesenberg SJ 217 135[1]
1953 Pegaso Z-102 Supercharged 244.62 152[2]
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 250 155[3]
1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica 261 162.2 [4]
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé 273.58 170 A road-legal version of the 300SLR racecar
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO 279.06 173.4 [5] A homologation car of which just 36 were produced
1968 Ferrari Daytona GTB/4 281 175[6]
1970 Monteverdi Hai 450 283 176 [7]
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV 288.07 179 150 built, technically the first Supercar, the term was coined by a distinguished auto journalist reviewing the car. (385HP)
1975 Lamborghini Countach Walter Wolf Tune 314.9 195.7 Only 3 built, special high performance version of the Countach built for industrialist Walter Wolf, uprgraded engine by Dallara. (447HP)
1984 Ferrari 288 GTO 304 189[8] 272 built, was to compete in the new Group B Race series, but the series was soon abandoned and the 288 GTO never raced thus all 272 cars built remained purely road cars. (400HP)
1986 Porsche 959 317 197[9] 268 built, one of the first high-performance vehicles to use an all-wheel-drive system.(450HP)
1987 Ferrari F40 324 201[10] 1350 built, the F40 was the last car commissioned by Enzo before his death and was debuted during Ferrari's 40th anniversary. (470HP)
1987 RUF CTR 339 212[11] Only 29 built, Ruf made only 29 CTRs from chassis bought from Porsche; most of the CTRs produced were converted from existing customer's Carreras, (468HP)
1991 Bugatti EB110 GT 340 213[12]
1992 Bugatti EB110 SS 347.6 216[13]
1993 Jaguar XJ220 349.2 217 [14] Official speed recorded in 1993 at Nardo test track driven by Martin Brundle.
1994 Schuppan 962CR 370 230[15] A Porsche 962 track car converted to road use. 3.5 seconds from 0-60 mph. Only 6 produced.
1994 McLaren F1 371 231[16] At factory rev limit, recorded at Nardo test track driven by Jonathan Palmer.
March 31, 1998 McLaren F1 386.4 240.1 This was achieved in Germany on the Volkswagen proving ground by Andy Wallace using the XP5 prototype, which is essentially the same as the production version except for the notable lack of a rev limiter.
February 28, 2005 Koenigsegg CCR 387.87 241.01
April 19, 2005 Bugatti Veyron 408.47 [17] 253.81 Recorded by German governmental inspection officials on April 19, 2005.
March 14, 2008 SSC Ultimate Aero TT 412.28 256.18[18] Verified by Guinness World Records on October 9, 2007 as the fastest production car.[19]

The Mercedes 35 hp was an early car model designed in 1901 by Wilhelm Maybach for Emil Jellinek and produced in Stuttgart, Germany by the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG), a predecessor of Daimler-Benz and their Mercedes-Benz automobiles, and which later merged again to become DaimlerChrysler. ... Categories: | ... Famous for his statement theres no replacement for displacement, Walter Owen Bentley upped the displacement of his 3 Litre sports car in 1926, producing the 4½ Litre. ... Famous for his statement theres no replacement for displacement, Walter Owen Bentley upped the displacement of his 3 Litre sports car in 1926, producing the 4½ Litre. ... 1931 Duesenberg J Duesenberg was a United States-based luxury automobile company active in various forms from 1913 to 1937, most famous for their extremely high-quality, record-breakingly fast roadsters. ... Pegaso Z-102 Saoutchik The Pegaso Z-102 was a sporting coupe produced in Spain between 1951 and 1958. ... 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe from the Ralph Lauren collection 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe from the Ralph Lauren collection Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Category:1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was available as a two-seat closed sports car with characteristic... See also the 340 F1 and 375 F1 Formula 1 racers Ferraris highest-end models in the 1950s and 1960s were the Americas. ... The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was a sports racing car in 1955. ... The Ferrari 250 GTO was a supercar and auto racing car made by Ferrari in the early 1960s. ... See also Ferrari 365 for the round-bodied 365 California, GT 2+2, GTC and GTS The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 , better known by the unofficial name Ferrari Daytona, is a Gran Turismo automobile produced from 1968 to 1973. ... The Monteverdi Hai 450 is an automobile that came about in 1970 when Peter Monteverdi wanted to create a sports car. ... A Lamborghini Miura S. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lamborghini Miura Miuras in Los Angeles. ... The Lamborghini Countach was a supercar produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini from 1974 to 1990. ... Dallara was a Formula One constructor from 1988 through 1992. ... The Ferrari GTO (often referred to as Ferrari 288 GTO) was an exotic homologation (thus the O) of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced in 1984 through 1986. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Porsche 959 The Porsche 959 is a supercar manufactured by Porsche AG from 1986 to 1989, first as a Group B rally car and later as a road going vehicle designed to satisfy FIA homologation regulations requiring that a minimum number of street legal... “F40” redirects here. ... The RUF CTR was a limited-production sports car produced by RUF of Germany. ... 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Doctor Jonathan Palmer (born 7 October 1956) was a racing driver from Britain. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Formula One team, see McLaren The McLaren F1 was formerly the fastest street legal production car in the world, holding this record from 1994 to 2005, the longest period the record has been held by any street legal or production car in the history of automobiles. ... Andy Wallace (February 19, 1961) is a professional race car driver from the United Kingdom, who has been racing since 1979. ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Koenigsegg CCR is an automobile made by Koenigsegg. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bugatti Veyron 16. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The American-built SSC Ultimate Aero TT is a supercar built by Shelby Super Cars (SSC) in order to rival the new Bugatti Veyron with speeds of over 250 mph (400 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 2. ... Guinness World Records 2008 edition. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

List of street legal cars available for sale to the public in any country, with acceleration times from 0-100 km/h or 0-60 mph of less than 4 seconds. ... Vehicles that can be considered automobiles were demonstrated as early as 1769, although that date is disputed, and 1885 marked the introduction of gasoline powered internal combustion engines. ... Ralph DePalma in his Packard 905 Special at Daytona Beach in 1919, courtesy Florida Photographic Collection For the album Land Speed Record by the band Hüsker Dü, see Land Speed Record (album). ...

References

  1. ^ Automotive History Online
  2. ^ CanadianDriver: Motoring Memories - Pegaso, 1951 - 1958
  3. ^ Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 1952-1963; page 4
  4. ^ Ferrari 410 Superamerica - Motorbase
  5. ^ Ferrari 250 GTO - Supercars.net
  6. ^ Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona & GTS/4 Daytona Spyder
  7. ^ SWISSMADE.COM - Monteverdi - Hai 450 SS, 1970. Retrieved on 2007-11-08.
  8. ^ Ferrari 288 GTO, 1984 288 GTO | Conceptcarz.com - Pictures, Pricing, Information, Wallpaper, History
  9. ^ Porsche 959
  10. ^ Ferrari F40
  11. ^ Ruf CTR Yellow Bird - Supercars.net
  12. ^ Bugatti EB110 GT
  13. ^ Bugatti EB110 SS
  14. ^ Guinness World Records 1994
  15. ^ Schuppan 962CR - Supercars.net
  16. ^ McLaren F1
  17. ^ bugatti.com: 400 and Beyond
  18. ^ Shelby Supercars - Home of the Fastest, Most Powerful Production Car Ever Made - The Ultimate Aero
  19. ^ Shelby Supercars - Home of the Fastest, Most Powerful Production Car Ever Made - The Ultimate Aero
  • Wood, Jonathan - The Ultimate History of Fast Cars - Parragon Publishing, 2005 - ISBN 1-4054-5467-9
  • Brown, Langworth, and Auto Editors of Consumer Guide - Great Cars of The 20th Century - Publications International, 1998 - ISBN 0-7853-2523-9

 
 

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