For those of us who are obsessed with our cars and the specifications of supercars, the idea of being sat in a vehicle that can smash through the 0-60 acceleration record is one of the most exhilarating thoughts imaginable. While some custom-built Formula 1 car can set blistering speed and acceleration records within the blink of an eye, we will focus on the top cars you can purchase today. Well, let us rephrase that. You can buy these cars with a few million in the bank.
It’s worth pointing out that these records were broken in controlled environments and on professional tracks; you should never attempt to do it on public roads. We appreciate it can be exhilarating watching a car fly from 0-60, especially some of the high-horsepower cars we will explore today. However, it’s a different question if you’re sitting in the passenger seat as one of these cars explodes out of the traps.
Specific names emerge regarding any discussion about the world’s fastest cars, and Blackjack Cars might not necessarily fit into that bracket. However, they pack quite a punch for their size. Despite being undersized and custom designed with smaller engines than sportscars, a blackjack car can hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
While they may be slightly slower than some of the unbelievably fast cars we will explore later in today’s article, the compact size of the blackjack car means it feels like you’re in a go-kart, and they’re enjoyable to drive. So you can imagine when Richard Oakes designed the first blackjack car in 1996, he was thinking of the blistering, fast and exciting nature of a real game of live blackjack, and that was the essential inspiration behind the title.
The classic car is a collector’s item as much as a car. While it may be rare to see a blackjack car on the road, it isn’t rare to come across the card game on which it is based. You can sample a blackjack game’s electric ups and downs with just a few clicks of your smartphone and sample the inspiration behind this iconic 3-wheel design.
Regarding luxury car designs, they don’t get much more exclusive or luxurious than the iconic French manufacturer. Two different types of Bugatti are the fastest-accelerating cars on the planet. In 2017, the Chiron Sport managed to clock a sensational 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds. With less than a hundred of these vehicles ever made, the exclusivity and quality dwarf most car designers currently operating in Europe.
The Chiron Super Sport released four years later, managed to shave a whole .2 seconds off the Bugatti record set by its predecessor, and that number currently places it in the top 5 of the quickest 0-60mph ever recorded.
The Lamborghini Huracán Performante is the fastest car ever designed by the world-famous Italian car brand. Italian design is revered throughout the world. Whether it is sports cars, leather jackets, or high-end fashion tourism, it is a country renowned for its incredible craftsmanship.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of their cars is one of the fastest-ever recorded cars available to retail consumers. Clocking in a few hundredths of a second faster than the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, only a handful of cars can clock at this level of acceleration speed anywhere on the planet.
Porsche 911 Turbo-S & Porsche 918 Spyder
Owning any of the cars we have discussed today would be an accomplishment. However, given that they are some of the biggest names in luxury cars and have a design and reputation to back up their claims, they’re owned by a small percentage of the population with the wealth and flex to back it up.
These two Porsche cars, released in 2020 (Turbo-S) and 2015 (Spyder), clock 0-60 in 2.1 seconds, making them the third fastest cars available on the market. Although Porsche has been dipping their toes into cars powered by renewable energy, the 4-liter engine of the Turbo S is a mechanical marvel. It gives it that extra kick to push it into the mix as one of the world’s
fastest land-based vehicles.
While electric vehicles and other disruptive technology shouldn’t be viewed as a hindrance to the car sector, many enthusiasts prefer a petrol car’s rough, rugged feel to a clean, thinner electric vehicle sound. Given that the Spider is a hybrid and the two fastest cars above it both run from renewable sources, car companies are finally striking a balance and answering questions that the industry has posed for decades.
A special year – 2021
As one of the most significant years for car production in recent memory, 2021 witnessed the release of the two fastest cars currently available. One of these cars smashed through the existing speed record, coming in under a staggering 2.0 seconds. The second-fastest car in the world, as measured by the shortest time to go from 0 to 60, is the Ferrari SF90, which managed to do it in precisely 2.0 seconds, give or take.
So far, the Tesla Model S Plaid is the only retail-accessible vehicle to clock 0-60 in less than 2.0 seconds. The electric vehicle smashed through all other records set by cars with more significant engines and horsepower.
This design ingenuity sets the bar and pushes boundaries into areas never seen in car manufacturing. It goes a long way to explain why Tesla is one of the world’s leading companies, and Elon Musk is one of the world’s wealthiest men. If he can bridge the gap between an unbelievably fast and reliable electric car and make it affordable for retail, Tesla could dominate the market in future years.
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