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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

Top speed: 100mph

This was the car put Bentley on the map, thanks to its showing in endurance racing at Le In standard form the 3-Litre was of 80mph, but there was a Speed that offered 90mph the Super Sports gave a top of the magic ton.

1929: 4.5-litre Blower

1954: 300SL

Top speed: 160mph

various states of tune for the 3-litre straight-six, plus rear axle ratios, the top speed could vary depending on whether acceleration or ability was key. However, the right combination up to 160mph was

1955: Ferrari 410 Superamerica

Ferrari 250 GTO

Top speed: 172mph

Yes we it was developed for circuit racing, but the GTO was a car that you could legally on the road if you wanted to. As such, it a place here — and all, it is one of the most beautiful ever made. One of the most too; with 37 built, worth upwards of £12m

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 claimed the first ever car speed record officially by Guinness. He did so at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien ground at Wolfsburg, in XP5, the pre-production prototype built by The car was completely standard, down to its tyres at standard pressures.

28 February 2005: Koenigsegg CCR

Top 240.387mph

It would be seven before the F1’s record was — and even then it was by than a quarter of a mile an The record was claimed at Nardo by Bicocchi. As Nardo is a circular the CCR would have been back by the record run not being on a flat, straight track.

20 May Bugatti Veyron

Top speed:

Koenigsegg’s triumph was brief, as weeks Bugatti had claimed the with its Veyron. This the record was well and truly with 250mph in sight. again the track was the Ehra-Lessien ground, but the driver isn’t

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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