We love cars that go fast. Many can go fast, but which can go the fastest? No doubt these are all supercars and hypercars, but what else but these machines designed to reach the absolute limits of motoring could achieve such highs?
Keep in mind that some of these are claimed top speeds while others are achieved, so some positions could be argued either way so in no way is this the definitive list.
10. Koenigsegg One:1 – 439.3km/h [Claimed]
As you might expect, a car with a one-to-one ratio is pretty quick. That’s one horsepower for one kilogram of power. No one other than Koenigsegg has been able to achieve this and then be able to bless it with a twin-turbo V8 capable of 1,000 kW (1,341 hp or 1,360 PS) is something else entirely. The 1,360 PS power output is equivalent to one megawatt, so the company claim the One:1 is the “world’s first megacar.”
9. Koenigsegg Agera RS – 447.2km/h
Back in 2017, the Agera RS claimed the record for fastest car in the world. Koenigsegg proved it by shutting down 11 miles of Nevada highway and achieving an average top speed of 277.9 mph (447.2km/h). The record has since been beaten, obviously given the placing but it is still incredibly quick. It can also do 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds.
Making all of this possible is a 5.0-litre V8 fitted with fixed-vane twin-turbochargers which generates a maximum power output of 865 kW (1,160 hp) which is increased to 1,000 kW (1,341 hp) with the option 1-megawatt package.
8. Czinger 21C – 452.2km/h [Claimed]
This hybrid initially made headlines for its use of 3D printed materials when it was released in 2021, but the Czinger 21C has since broken several lap records. The company claim a top speed of 281 mph (452.2km/h) which is made possible by a bespoke twin-turbo 2.9-litre flat plane crank V8 and two electric motors for a combined power output of 932 kW (1,250 hp) though there’s also a 1,010 kW (1,350 hp) option available.
7. SSC Tuatara – 475km/h
SSC tried to break the top speed record multiple times with the Tuatara, with the first being highly controversial because, well, they lied. They tried several times later but there were mechanical problems and unsatisfying results until 2022 when it finally reached 295 mph (475km/h) at Space Florida’s Launch and Landing Facility. This time it was verified two Racelogic VBOX GNSS and a Life Racing GPS speed measurement system, as well as a Racelogic technician who was present.
6. Hennessey Venom F5 – 484km/h [Claimed]
Hennessey claimed the record for fastest car to accelerate from 0-300km/h (187mph) in 13.63 seconds in 2013. When they launched the Venom F5, they were going for more records and they did release a video showing the car reaching 271.6 mph (437.1km/h), which is slower than everything else on this list, but Hennessey claim a top speed of over 301 mph (484km/h) with some outlets claiming it to be 310 mph.
Considering their pedigree and the insane 6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 engine capable of 1,817 hp (1,355 kW), it might be possible their claims are true, but this remains to be seen.
5. Koenigsegg CC850 – 482.8km/h + [Claimed]
Once again, another claimed figure but considering all the technology in place and an engine borrowed from the Jesko, the CC850 might not just talk the talk. While running on regular fuel, the CC850’s twin-turbo aluminium DOHC V8 can put out 884 kW (1,185 hp) while on E85 it can reach 1,033 kW (1,385 hp). We don’t have an exact top speed number so you could argue that this should be lower than the F5, but the Koenigsegg’s claimed top speed is much higher than the F5’s achieved top speed.
4. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ - 490.484km/h
If we weren’t including claimed top speeds, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ would be the fastest car with an achieved top speed of 490.484km/h (304.8 mph) thank to the quadruple-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine capable of 1,177 kW (1,578 hp). Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you ask), the production Super Sport’s top speed has been limited to 440km/h (273.4 mph).
3. SP Automotive Chaos – 498.89km/h [Claimed]
Not many people are aware of the SP Automotive Chaos which isn’t surprising since it only came out in late 2022. The company claim that the car can reach a top speed of around 498km/h (310 mph) thanks to the whopping 2,237 kW (3,000 hp) from the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V10 engine with hybrid assist. The only problem is that we haven’t seen these on the road yet, but there are some crazy stats associated with this car including a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 1.8 seconds.
2. Bugatti Bolide – 501km/h [Claimed]
This track only Bugatti once again utilises the W16 engine, but it’s able to increase its power thanks to bigger blades in the turbochargers as well their changed orientation combined with a curb weight of just 1,240kg (2,733.7 lb). It’s a monster that’s been simulated to be able to finish the Nürburgring in 5:23.1, four seconds slower than the current record holder, the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo.
1. Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – 530km/h + [Claimed]
Koenigsegg said confidently that the Jesko Aboslut’s top speed is in excess of 480km/h (300 mph), but theoretically with the right conditions it can go as high as 530-560km/h (330-350 mph). It boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.278 thanks to the Absolut’s changes from the standard Jesko like an extended rear hood and lowered suspension. Powering it into the stratosphere is the 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the Agera capable of 954 kW (1,280 hp).