The fastest cars in the world

JonathanJune 25, 2014

We've all been there: you get home and throw down your keys after spending what feels like most of your day on the motorway, stuck in gridlocked traffic and feeling your heart leap every time you move more than an inch. You are resigned to the fact that driving will never be fun again. 

That's where you're wrong.

That is what supercars were made for, not so the grossly rich can decorate their drives, but so we, the disheartened commuters, can remember that driving is beautiful. Some people dream of that pair of shoes that would cost more than the average house, or perhaps bumping into the celebrity of your choice when down your local, but for driving enthusiasts nothing compares to these babies.

So sit back, relax, and let me talk you through some of the world's fastest cars that would make the daily commute feel an inch tall. All from the safety and comfort of your own sofa. Of course.

Aston Martin One-77 – Top speed: 220 mph
Not the fastest car on the list but what it may lack in speed it makes up for in pure, unadulterated beauty. As one of the best looking cars the world has ever seen, the Aston Martin One-77 is all about class and the purr of its engine would get a dead man's pulse racing. And come on, it's not slow. This beautiful creation can take you to 220 mph, making sure you are the best-looking blur anyone has ever seen.

McLaren F1 – Top Speed: 240 mph
If the Aston Martin doesn't scream ostentatious supercar enough for you, then this model may be more your thing. Coming in a suitably offensive bright orange, this beast will ensure nobody forgets that you just shelled out the best part of a million dollars to park a McLaren F1 on your drive. For those that don't have that kind of cash lying behind the sofa and will never get behind the wheel of one, then don't worry – I'll take you through the finer details. It is capable of taking you from 0.60 in just 3.2 seconds, thanks to its 627 hp, making it the fastest car of last century.

Hennessey Venom – Top Speed: 270 mph
On Valentine's Day this year (2014) the Hennessey Venom managed to hit speeds of 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center, making it the highest speed ever recorded by a production car. This left the likes of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport eating its dust as it is only capable of a mere 269.86 mph.

Needless to say, its figures are astounding. The Venom gets its power from a 7.0-litre twin-turbo GM-sourced V8, which makes it able to go from a mundane 20 mph to a whopping 120 mph in just 7.71 seconds. Once there, it can then get to 220mph in just under ten seconds – showing its exponential ability to accelerate, which may be of little use for the daily commute, but is incredibly cool.

Despite going faster than the Veyron Super Sport, the Venom can't be officially called the fastest car by Guinness themselves as to qualify for a Guinness speed record, a car must make two runs, one in either direction. The top two average speeds are then averaged out to make the official time.

The guys over as NASA didn't want to allow the Venom to do the return lap necessary to get it its official title. Also Guiness dictates that at least 30 units of a model must be made in order to qualify for the record – there are just 11 Venoms in the world.

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