Driving at 200mph in a road car would have seemed like science fiction 50 years ago when the Lamborghini Miura – the first modern supercar – was revealed to an awestruck world. In 1966 Craig Breedlove’s 600mph Land Speed Record was as fast as anyone had dreamed of driving, and the Miura’s near-170mph maximum seemed outrageous.
In 2016, as Andy Green and the Bloodhound team have their sights on a new 1,000mph Land Speed Record, there are a handful of high performance saloon cars that can top 170mph. In this new world order the hypercar has humbled the supercar for outright performance, too.
With two models in our world’s fastest cars list already cracking an incredible 270mph – even if so far that’s only in theory - it seems only a matter of time before the 300mph barrier is breached by a road-going car.
Aston Martin, Bugatti, McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini… the big names that populate our list of the top 10 fastest road cars, tell you all you need to know about the prestige attached to building a car that will go faster than any other.
Most of the top manufacturers in the supercar world have tried their hand at building an absurdly powerful hypercar in recent years, but even with the huge development budgets these brands command, there's no guarantee of beating the smaller specialist firms when it comes to the crunch.
Our list of ten of the world’s fastest cars includes genuine record holders, others who’s ultimate performance has yet to be truly tested, and even a couple of past-masters. All share one thing in common though – a no-holds-barred approach to engineering and power that has pushed the maximum speed envelope to the limit. Oh, and we’ve only headlined one model per manufacturer, but feel free to include any we’ve missed in the comments below.
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