This is a list of cars that have at one point in time held the record of the world’s fastest car. The list applies to street legal production cars that you could potentially own if you had the money that is.
1 The Jaguar XJ220
This car was produced between 1992 and 1994 and achieved the fastest speed for a production car in 1993 when it managed to reach a speed of 213 mph (343 km/h). The car was officially produced by Jaguar Sport, which was a partnership of Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing.
2 The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
This car has more horse power than the original Veyron, 1,200 hp compared to 1,001 hp for the Veyron. The car has been officially recorded at a speed of 267.81 mph (431.1 km/h) in June 2010 and 30 cars are scheduled for production. Customers who purchase the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport however will be limited to a measly 257.9 mph (415.05 km/h)!
3 Dagger GT
Set to become the world’s fastest ever production car, the new Dagger GT from TranStar is soon to be built. And when it is, it will make people squeal in delight. The car, which will be in production in the early part of 2011, is said to be able to reach speeds in excess of 300 mph (482.8 km/h) and will cost in the region of £300,000 ($454,000), which is about $350,000 more than the most expensive Tesla, just to present you with a comparison. So, if you plan on buying the Dagger, make sure you bring your fat wallet. Oh, and if you if ever want to see the Dagger in person, go travel to a trade show where it is often displayed. Chances are, there’s a fancy banner stand accompanying the car as well.
4 Bugatti Veyron
With 1,001 hp and a 16 cylinder 8 litre quad-turbocharged engine the Bugatti Veyron became the world’s fastest production car in April 2005, less than two months after the Koenigsegg CCR had achieved the title. Setting a speed of 253.8 mph (408.5 km/h) the Bugatti Beyron, developed by Volkswagen, was produced in a small production run of just 200 cars.
5 The Koenigsegg CCR
This automobile was the fastest production car around for less than 2 month’s when it achieved a speed of 240.7 mph (387.37 km/h) in late February of 2005. Appearing at the Geneva Auto Show in 2004 the Swedish designed car was soon knocked off the top spot by our next car the Bugatti Veyron.
6 SSC Ultimate Aero
In October 2007 the American built SSC Ultimate Aero became the fastest production car in the world with a speed of 256.14 mph (412 km/h). This speed was verified by officials of Guiness World Records. The Aero was built in very small number with just 24 cars being produced between 2006 and 2007.
7 McLaren F1 production car
Driven by Jonathan Palmer the McLaren F1 production car achieved the crown of fastest production car in 1994. There were only 107 McLaren F1’s produced and it remains till this day the fastest naturally aspirated, depending only on atmospheric pressure, production car available. The McLaren F1 set a speed of 231 mph (371.8 km/h) in 1994 to become the world’s fastest production car but surpassed this record in 1998 with a speed of 240 mph (391 km/h).