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As soon as the first motor rolled out of Karl Benz’s way back in 1886, man has wanted to go faster. Capable of a heady that first three-wheeled was by default the fastest road car in the — because it was the only

In 2011, a full 125 years the stakes are rather higher. the fastest road car now capable of 270mph, it’s going to be watching how far we can go, and how fast those records tumble. How long the first production road car can achieve 300mph?

For the first ever (we think), here we the fastest road cars made. You might think would be an easy enough but official record body didn’t ratify record until 1998. With and actual top speeds being two different things, we’ve everything together as best we can to chart the evolution of the world’s cars.

If you think we’ve missed out, let us know. But remember anybody can make wild about a car’s performance we want to know about speeds, achieved and verified. So you throw a strop because missed out a piece of mega-bhp let us know who has verified its top speed.

Benz Patent Motorwagen

Top 8mph

With absolutely no whatsoever, Karl Benz’s car was the world’s fastest by default; development the top speed was increased to a 10mph. With just huge cart wheels it no handled appallingly, despite its top speed. But it got things started.

Daimler motorised carriage


Although the 1899 was geared to hit a maximum speed of in top gear, it was generally accepted to be of just 42mph. However, tweaks it was reckoned to be able to hit the heights of 53mph, at which you were lucky to be able to

1901: Mercedes 35HP

Top 45mph

The first car of the modern the 35HP was also the first car to the Mercedes name. Designed by Maybach and Paul Daimler, the was made by Daimler in Stuttgart. 36 examples were built, the versions of which were of 53mph.

The first car of the modern the 35HP was also the first car to the Mercedes name. Designed by Maybach and Paul Daimler, the was made by Daimler in Stuttgart. 36 examples were built, the versions of which were of 53mph.

1903: Mercedes

Built at a time when national speed limit was 12mph, the 60HP was capable of 75mph, at which point its four-cylinder engine would been turning at all of 1200rpm. five examples are known to today, from a production run of 250.

1921: Bentley 3-Litre

Top 100mph

This was the car that put on the map, thanks to its brilliant in endurance racing at Le Mans. In form the 3-Litre was capable of but there was a Speed edition offered 90mph while the Sports gave a top speed of the ton.

1929: Bentley Blower

1954: Mercedes

Top speed: 160mph

With states of tune available for the straight-six, plus numerous axle ratios, the 300SL’s top could vary enormously, on whether acceleration or cruising was key. However, with the combination up to 160mph was possible.

Ferrari 410 Superamerica

1962: 250 GTO

Top speed: 172mph

Yes we know it was for circuit racing, but the GTO was also a car you could legally drive on the if you wanted to. As such, it deserves a here — and after it is one of the most beautiful cars made. One of the most valuable with 37 built, they’re upwards of £12m apiece.

1968: Ferrari 365GTB/4

Top speed: 175mph

The car that inspired the styling of Rover’s the Ferrari 365GTB/4 was never known as the Daytona. Around of these cars were though, each with a V8 pushing out 352bhp; enough to a genuine 175mph top speed, as by numerous testers in period.

Lamborghini Countach LP400S


Top speed: 211mph

It would be to think of the Ruf CTR as a hot-rod, but it’s Ruf carries manufacturer status and no fewer than 29 CTRs new 911 chassis; many more based on existing cars. just after the Ferrari the VTR was independently confirmed to be capable of

1992: Bugatti EB110 Sport

31 March 1998: F1

Top speed: 240.14mph

Andy Wallace claimed the ever road car speed officially ratified by Guinness. He did so at Ehra-Lessien proving ground at in XP5, the final pre-production built by McLaren. The car was completely down to its road tyres at pressures.

28 February 2005: CCR

Top speed: 240.387mph

It would be years before the F1’s was toppled — and even it was by less than a quarter of a an hour. The record was claimed at by Loris Bicocchi. As Nardo is a track, the CCR would have held back by the record run not undertaken on a flat, straight

20 May 2005: Bugatti Veyron

Top 248.54mph

Koenigsegg’s triumph was as within weeks Bugatti had the record with its Veyron. time the record was well and smashed, with 250mph in Once again the track was the proving ground, but the driver recorded.

13 September 2007: Shelby Ultimate Aero TT

Top speed:

Nobody had heard of it, but that stop the Shelby Ultimate from becoming the world’s car in 2007. The second car off the production the record run took place on 221 in Washington — this the driver was 71-year-old Chuck

26 June 2010: Bugatti Super Sport


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