A History of the Fastest Street Legal Cars From Around the World

Posted by: Dan on 24/10/2014

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A History Of The Fastest Street Legal Cars From Around The World

Will the automobile one day break the 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour) barrier? Alas, it is getting increasingly harder to produce faster and faster cars, and the technology just isn't there to cross the 300 threshold at this point in time.

However, as automakers continue to innovate every single year, we will likely see record-breaking speeds achieved in years to come. Records are often only broken by a margin of several kilometers per hour, but this is nonetheless an exciting time to watch as vehicles change and evolve.

If you've looked at any fastest street legal car lists before, you'll notice that it hasn't seen a lot of change in recent years. However, there are many amazing vehicles from around the world that are worth checking out.

If you've ever wondered what some of the fastest street legal cars are, here are numerous entries from around the globe.

Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Venom

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The Hennessey Venom GT is apparently capable of hitting upward speeds of 275 miles per hour or approximately 443 kilometers per hour. This car makes just about every fastest street legal car list, with its 7.0 litre LS7 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo engine. So far, its highest recorded speed is 435.31 kilometers per hour or 270.49 miles per hour.

The Venom GT sports car features a modified Lotus Exige chassis, and is developed in America by Texas-based automaker Hennessey Performance Engineering.

Koenigsegg Agera R

It isn't known exactly how fast the Swedish supercar Koenigsegg Agera R can actually go. It goes from zero to 60 mile per hour in 2.9 seconds, and its top recorded speed is 260 miles per hour or roughly 418 kilometers per hour.

According to Koenigsegg, the Agera R is capable of achieving speeds up to 440 kilometers per hour. It outputs an astounding 1,100 hp at 7,100 rpm and redlines at 7,500 rpm. It features a 5.0L V8 with four valves per cylinder.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The German-developed and France-assembled Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is said to have a top speed of 431.072 kilometers per hour or 267.856 miles per hour. However, it is electronically limited at 415 kilometers per hour to prevent its tyres from disintegrating.

By some, the Veyron is considered the most skillfully engineered car in the history of vehicles. In fact, it boasts both luxury and comfort, and is a thing of beauty interior and exterior alike.

Lamborghini Aventador

The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most recognisable cars in the world

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The Italian-made Lamborghini Aventador sports car launched in February of 2011. It features a 6.5 litre L539 V12 engine, and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 220 miles per hour or 354 kilometers per hour.

Though decidedly modern and on the cutting edge of technology, the Aventador is an old school performance supercar at heart.

Noble M600

Noble is a small England-based car company, and the M600 was developed by a team of less than 20 people. The M600 supercar can achieve speeds upwards of 225 miles per hour (approximately 362 kilometers per hour). The M600 is actually powered by a 4.4-litre Volvo V8 engine, and has an output of 600 hp.

Not only does the M600 boast great handling and accurate steering, it also facilitates a comfortable ride.

Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra

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The Pagani Huayra is a mid-engine sports car developed by Italian carmaker Pagani, and is also known as "The God of Wind". The Huayra features a custom-built 6.0-litre V12 engine that was developed by Mercedes-AMG, and it has an out of 720 hp.

The exterior of the car is both beautiful and angular, and is fascinating to say the very least. It is clear that every single detail was obsessed over, and polished to perfection.

Zenvo ST1

The ST1 was developed by Danish boutique super car maker Zenvo. This fast car can reach up to 233 miles per hour or 374 kilometers per hour. Only 15 ST1 high performance sports cars were ever built.

The ST1 features a turbocharged and supercharged 6.8-litre V8 engine, which outputs 1,104 hp at 6,900 rpm.

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is capable of 240 miles per hour or 386 kilometers per hour, and is manufactured and designed by British automaker McLaren Automotive. The F1 can accelerate to 243 miles per hour (391 kilometers per hour) when the rev limiter is removed.

The F1 is considered one of the most important cars in automotive history, and even broke speed records in its time. The BMW-sourced 6.1-litre 60-degree V12 engine is responsible for its 627 hp output and astounding speed.

Saleen S7

The hand-built Saleen S7 is an American sports car that has a recorded top speed of 248 miles per hour or 399 kilometers per hour. The S7 features a 7.0-litre V8 engine with two turbos, and has an output of 750 hp.

Saleen isn't exactly a well-known name in the hyper performance world, and does not boast the same quality represented by Lamborghinis or Paganis. However, there are few street legal cars across the world that can go as fast as the S7.

SSC Ultimate Aero

The SSC Ultimate Aero is another American mid-engine performance sports car with a top speed of 257 miles per hour or 413 kilometers per hour. It was developed by SSC North America, which was formerly known as Shelby SuperCars.

The Ultimate Aero features a twin-turbo V8 engine with over 1,000 hp. From March 2007 to July 2010, it was the world record holder for the fastest car.

Conclusion

There are plenty of fast street legal cars to choose from, and their prices vary quite a bit from one vehicle to another, though they all cost a considerable amount of money. It will be interesting to watch as innovation continues among the various automakers. What will be next? Will there be newcomers to this list? Will an existing company break the records? Only time will tell.

What is your favorite car on this list? Are there any others that you would add? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!