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Whats the fastest car in the world street legal?

The Biggest and Smallest Street-Legal Cars

In an industry that’s ruled by regulation, it can be hard to design cars that are truly different. Sometimes, manufacturers design really strange options (which can fail miserably in breaking the mold). But, within the confines they’re given, there are certainly some car superlatives out there: the biggest, smallest, and fastest cars that ever went into production.

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The Biggest and Smallest Street-Legal Vehicles in the World



CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Car2016 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman255.9 in6,499 mm
Pickup Truck2015 Ford F-650/750 Diesel SuperCab281.0 in7,137 mm
SUVFord Excursion226.7 in5,758 mm
VanIveco Daily300.3 in7,628 mm

CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Shortest Vehicle1962 -65 Peel P5052.8 in1,340 mm

Width – (Without mirrors)


CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Car1954 Chrysler Crown Imperial82.9 in2,105 mm
Pickup TruckDodge Ram 3500 DRW96.0 in2,438 mm
SUV1992 -2006 Hummer H186.5 in2,197 mm
VanMercedes-Benz Vario88.2 in2,240 mm

CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Narrowest Vehicle1962 -65 Peel P5039.0 in990 mm



CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Car1904-9 Fiat 60 HP100.4 in2,550 mm
Pickup TruckBrabus Unimog U500 Black Edition116.4 in2,956 mm
SUVFord Excursion80.4 in2,042 mm
VanMercedes-Benz Sprinter120.3 in3,055 mm

CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Lowest Vehicle1956 -58 Lotus Eleven31.9 in810 mm

Curb Weight


CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Car1938 -43 Mercedes-Benz 770 W15010,582 lb4,800 kg
Pickup TruckInternational XT14,551 lb6,600 kg
SUV2008 Conquest Knight XV13,000 lb5,900 kg
VanMercedes-Benz Vario9,656 lb4,380 kg

CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Lightest Vehicle1962 -65 Peel P50130 lb9 kg

Engine displacement



CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
CarKoenigsegg Regera1,118 kW1,499 bhp / 1,520 PS
Pickup Truck2014 HSV Maloo GTS430 kW577 bhp / 585 PS
SUV2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8591.9 kW794 bhp / 805 PS
Van2014 Chevrolet Express

Highest Torque

CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Car2016 Bugatti Chiron1,180 lbf·ft1,600 N·m
Pickup Truck2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7 Powerstroke925 lbf·ft1,254 N·m
SUVJeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8822 lbf·ft1,115 N·m
Van2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana525 lbf·ft712 N·m

Other Vehicle Superlatives

CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Fastest Acceleration2015 Porsche 918 Spyder0 to 100 km/h in 2.2 seconds0 to 62 mph 2.2 in seconds
CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Highest Top SpeedBugatti Veyron Super Sport268 mph431 km/h
CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Highest RPM RedlineAriel Atom 50010,500 rpm
CategoryVehicle NameMeasurement 1Measurement 2
Most Expensive Production VehicleKoenigsegg Trevita$4,850,000/td>
Least Expensive Production Vehicle1922 Briggs & Stratton Flyer$125($1,789 in 2016 dollars)

What is the fastest car in the world?

To figure out what is the world’s fastest car in production, you have to first define what is meant by “fastest.” Most people think it’s the fastest acceleration speed; for that, there’s the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, capable of going from zero to 62 mph in 2.2 seconds. On the other hand, a different metric would be how fast a car can go; the Bugatti Veyron Super Spot clocks in at 268 mph, which is a little more than four times legal limit of most of the U.S. and nearly a third of the speed needed to break the sound barrier.

When it comes to sheer power, though, you might want to instead consider pure engine power or the highest horsepower cars, like the Koenigsegg Regera (in the car category) or the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 (in the SUV category). There’s also other factors, like the highest torque, which goes to another Bugatti, the 2016 Bugatti Chiron.

What is the biggest car in the world?

The “biggest” car is also hard to define, but the heaviest car that’s gone into production is the International XT in the pickup truck category and the 1938-43 Mercedes-Benz 770 W150 in the car category, an old-school, WWII-era car that can only really described as a beautiful monster.

You could also consider “biggest” dimensionally. The longest car is a van, the Iveco Daily. The widest car is a truck, the Dodge Ram 3500 DRW. And the tallest is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, another van.

What is the smallest car in the world?

It’s much easier to define the world’s smallest car that ever went into production. While the lowest car is the 1956-58 Lotus Eleven, the shortest, narrowest, lightest, and essentially smallest car is the Peel P50. It’s also pretty cute.

The Peel P50 was a three-wheeled, one-seat car with one door, one windshield wiper, and one headlight. It was smaller than most golf carts. It was designed in the tiny Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. It’s also an auction favorite since only 27 are known to exist. It wasn’t exactly popular, likely because of the manual reverse functionality.

Other Car Superlatives

  • Car Engine: The largest car engine in terms of engine displacement is a tie between the 1912-18 Pierce-Arrow Model 6-66 Raceabout and the 1912-14 Peerless Model 6-60. Both cars are from a time when car technology was changing and companies were trying to really push the envelope.
  • Most Expensive: The most expensive production car ever was more than $4 million: the Koenigsegg Trevita.
  • Best MPG: Ruling out all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, the best and highest MPG is currently the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid with 58 combined MPG. For all-gas vehicles, the result may surprise you: The best all-gasoline car for MPG was the 1986 Chevrolet Sprint ER at an amazing 48 combined MPG. How did it beat out so many modern cars? It was extremely light and had a three-cylinder engine.

These are some ways that the industry has gotten exciting: from the tiny Peel P50 to that massive WWII Mercedes-Benz to the super-fast cars of today. Which superlative record will break next?

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Top 100 fastest production cars 2023

The title of «fastest production car in the world» is, perhaps, the most prestigious in the world of performance cars.

It takes a very special car to break the production speed record — it has to have incredible engine power (well over 1000 metric horsepower), low coefficient of drag and good high speed stability.

This also has to be married with reliability and environmental compliance required for a street legal production vehicle.

Measuring top speed is also very challenging, and not all manufacturers have been able to verify their top speed claims in real world testing.

This list is limited by available data and new vehicles will be added as new data arrives.

RankMake and modelTop speed
1.Koenigsegg Agera RS (1MW)447 kph (278 mph)
2.Koenigsegg Agera R443 kph (275 mph)
3.Bugatti Chiron Super Sport440 kph (273 mph)
4.9ff GT9 Vmax437 kph (272 mph)
5.Koenigsegg One:1437 kph (272 mph)
6.Hennessey Venom GT435 kph (270 mph)
7.Hennessey Venom GT ’16 (facelift)435 kph (270 mph)
8.Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport434 kph (270 mph)
9.Czinger 21C432 kph (268 mph)
10.Fahlke Larea GT1 S12430 kph (267 mph)
11.Bugatti Chiron420 kph (261 mph)
12.Bugatti Chiron Sport420 kph (261 mph)
13.Koenigsegg Agera420 kph (261 mph)
14.Rimac Nevera415 kph (258 mph)
15.9ff GT9-R414 kph (257 mph)
16.SSC Ultimate Aero TT411 kph (255 mph)
17.9ff GT9411 kph (255 mph)
18.Koenigsegg Regera410 kph (255 mph)
19.Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse410 kph (255 mph)
20.Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron407 kph (253 mph)
21.Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport407 kph (253 mph)
22.WM Secateva P88405 kph (252 mph)
23.Dauer Porsche 962 LeMans404 kph (251 mph)
24.Koenigsegg CCXR403 kph (250 mph)
25.McLaren Speedtail403 kph (250 mph)
26.Saleen S7 Twin Turbo402 kph (250 mph)
27.Lotec Sirius402 kph (250 mph)
28.Orca SC7400 kph (249 mph)
29.Aspark Owl400 kph (249 mph)
30.Koenigsegg CCX Edition400 kph (249 mph)
31.Koenigsegg Gemera399 kph (248 mph)
32.Koenigsegg Agera X398 kph (247 mph)
33.Koenigsegg CCR395 kph (245 mph)
34.Koenigsegg CCX395 kph (245 mph)
35.9ff BT1000392 kph (244 mph)
36.McLaren F1391 kph (243 mph)
37.Koenigsegg CC8S390 kph (242 mph)
38.W Motors LykanHypersport390 kph (242 mph)
39.Ultima Evolution (1020 PS)387 kph (240 mph)
40.9ff BT-2386 kph (240 mph)
41.Porsche 917LH (LangHeck)386 kph (240 mph)
42.HTT Locus Plethore lc750385 kph (239 mph)
43.9ff GTurbo R385 kph (239 mph)
44.SSC Aero SC/8T382 kph (237 mph)
45.9ff TRC 78382 kph (237 mph)
46.RUF CTR3 (facelift)380 kph (236 mph)
47.RUF CTR3 Clubsport380 kph (236 mph)
48.Bugatti Divo380 kph (236 mph)
49.Bugatti Centodieci380 kph (236 mph)
50.Koenig C 62379 kph (236 mph)
51.Ultima GTR 720378 kph (235 mph)
52.Zenvo ST1 50S376 kph (234 mph)
53.RUF CTR3375 kph (233 mph)
54.Zenvo ST1375 kph (233 mph)
55.Lotec C1000374 kph (232 mph)
56.Ultima GTR 640374 kph (232 mph)
57.Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport (721 PS)373 kph (232 mph)
58.Rossin-Bertin Vorax372 kph (231 mph)
59.Brabus Rocket 800371 kph (231 mph)
60.Toyota GT-One TS020371 kph (231 mph)
61.Leblanc Mirabeau371 kph (231 mph)
62.Isdera Commendatore 112i (Mk I facelift)370 kph (230 mph)
63.Dauer EB 110 SS370 kph (230 mph)
64.RUF RT 12 R (AWD)370 kph (230 mph)
65.Brabus 800 E V12 Coupe370 kph (230 mph)
66.Brabus Bullit Coupe370 kph (230 mph)
67.De Macross Epique GT1370 kph (230 mph)
68.Brabus EV12370 kph (230 mph)
69.Jaguar XJ220S TWR369 kph (229 mph)
70.9ff TR-82369 kph (229 mph)
71.Brabus Rocket366 kph (227 mph)
72.B Engineering Edonis365 kph (227 mph)
73.9ff GT9 CS364 kph (226 mph)
74.Noble M600363 kph (226 mph)
75.Porsche 956 (600 PS)363 kph (226 mph)
76.Pagani Zonda C12-F Clubsport Roadster363 kph (226 mph)
77.RUF CTR (Mk II)362 kph (225 mph)
78.McLaren F1 LM362 kph (225 mph)
79.Ferrari P4/5 Pininfarina362 kph (225 mph)
80.RUF RT12361 kph (224 mph)
81.Gumpert Apollo360 kph (224 mph)
82.RUF RT 12 S360 kph (224 mph)
83.Pagani Huayra360 kph (224 mph)
84.Renault-Alpine A442B360 kph (224 mph)
85.Toyota 90C-V360 kph (224 mph)
86.Brabus Bullit Black Arrow360 kph (224 mph)
87.9ff 911 Turbo S358 kph (222 mph)
88.Bristol Fighter S356 kph (221 mph)
89.Porsche Kremer CK-5356 kph (221 mph)
90.Lamborghini Veneno356 kph (221 mph)
91.Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae356 kph (221 mph)
92.Ferrari LaFerrari355 kph (221 mph)
93.Ferrari Enzo355 kph (221 mph)
94.RUF R-Turbo355 kph (221 mph)
95.Nissan R390 GT1355 kph (221 mph)
96.Aston Martin One-77355 kph (221 mph)
97.Bugatti EB110 SS355 kph (221 mph)
98.McLaren F1 GT355 kph (221 mph)
99.Arash AF-10355 kph (221 mph)
100.Lamborghini Veneno Roadster355 kph (221 mph)

The world’s fastest street-legal car

On a temporarily closed, two-lane stretch of public highway in Washington State late last year, Shelby SuperCars’ Ultimate Aero officially became the fastest production car in the world.

Image: SSC Ultimate Aero

For about $600,000, you too can drive the Ulitmate Aero at over 250 miles per hour. Dan Connelly /

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Jan. 24, 2008, 8:33 PM UTC / Source : Business Week
By By Stuart Schwartzapfel

On Sept. 13, 2007, the Shelby SuperCars’ Ultimate Aero became the fastest production car in the world. The event took place on a temporarily closed, two-lane stretch of public highway in Washington State. In accordance with Guinness World Records’ strict policies, the car had to drive down the highway, turn around, and make a second pass in the opposite direction within one hour.

The Ultimate Aero posted 257.41 mph on the first pass and 254.88 mph on the second for an average of 256.18 mph. Official data were collected via a GPS tracking system from Austrian data acquisition company Dewetron. Guinness World Records later verified data for an official top-speed announcement on Oct. 9, 2007. At that speed the Ultimate Aero broke the official record held by the Koenigsegg CCR (242 mph) and the unofficial record (253 mph) held by Volkswagen’s $1.6 million Bugatti.

And the car could go even faster. NASA’s wind tunnel testing facility in Langley, Va., found the Ultimate Aero to be aerodynamically stable at speeds up to 273 mph. It just ran out of road. «If there was additional straight pavement on which to accelerate, the top speed would have been considerably higher, so if anyone challenges our record there is tons left on the table,» says Chuck Bigelow, the brave soul who piloted the Ultimate Aero on its record-breaking run.

Achieving the record wasn’t just a matter of bragging rights, though. For company founder Jerod Shelby it was a business decision. From early on Shelby, who started the West Richland, Wash. company in 2000, decided that he had to break the production car top-speed record in order to establish credibility for his infant company. «No one is going to buy a $600,000 car they never heard of,» he says.

As Junus Khan, his director of marketing, adds: «Being a brand-new player, it was important to do something extraordinary in order to gain credibility and to be taken seriously. Our main goal wasn’t just to break the speed record, it was to become a well-known, respected manufacturer of world-class exotics.»

Before he was able to realize his dream, Shelby, 39, a former go-kart champ and an engineer by trade, spent 13 years developing patents for medical-device company Advance Imaging Technology in nearby Richland, Wash. One of his patents is for a radiation-free medical device that uses sound waves to scan for breast cancer.

After more than a decade developing breakthrough medical technology, Shelby — who is no relation to legendary auto designer Carroll Shelby — realized that his financial success would afford him the opportunity to pursue his lifelong automotive ambitions. «I always thought it would be great if I could design my own car. So about nine years ago, while eating at an Italian restaurant, I did my first napkin drawing. Amazingly, the final product looks very similar to our early sketches.»

Hot wheels
The final product stood waiting for me on a sunny afternoon in mid-December at a 13-mile loop in the Nevada desert. I had previously driven the Veyron, and SSC wanted to get my feedback on the Ultimate Aero. So I went out to Las Vegas to meet Shelby, Khan, and the stakeholders in SSC’s first and, so far, only dealership. The guest of honor, a sultry red and black Ultimate Aero, is No. 7 of the 50 Shelby plans to build and is the only customer-ready example that currently exists in the U.S.

The Bugatti and Ultimate Aero are very similar when you look at some of the key performance and hardware statistics. They both contained expensive, lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber; a mid-mounted engine aided by the use of turbochargers (two for SSC and four for Bugatti); 1000-plus horsepower; 0 to 60 mph times under three seconds; and a top speed above 250 mph. This is where the similarities end and differing characteristics start to become more apparent.

First off, the Veyron sends power to all four wheels while the Ultimate Aero utilizes a rear-drive setup with no traction control. Yes, you read that correctly — no traction control. In the engine department, Bugatti favored the use of 16 cylinders while SSC made do with eight. The Ultimate Aero’s weight, thanks in part to the smaller engine and lack of all-wheel-drive system, comes in at a much lower curb weight than the Bugatti. Most shocking, the $1.6 million Veyron costs more than 2.5 times as much as the SSC.

Bugatti pitches the Veyron as being the best of both worlds — luxurious and civil when you want it to be, and shockingly fast when you feel the urge for speeding tickets. «It’s this unique combination between very docile, everyday handling and top speed. So you can drive this car normally like a Golf or Passat, and at the same time, you can overtake [Formula 1 champion Michael] Schumacher with your tie on,» says Bugatti communications chief George Keller.

The SSC, although surprisingly smooth and comfortable over rougher surfaces, does not pretend to be anything other than an involved driver’s car. And it is. There is no power steering, which makes for a killer workout when navigating the car at low speeds, but at the same time makes for a more connected and authentic road feel while traveling at speed and during handling maneuvers.

Regarding Shelby’s decision to do without traction control for the Ultimate Aero, it was a move he saw as consistent with pure sports cars that are not interfered with by the electronic nannies seen in many of today’s modern cars. There is also a traditional manual gearshift lever to your right, which, in my opinion, makes for a more rewarding and engaging experience in a car of this performance caliber.

You don’t need to be Mario Andretti to pilot the Ultimate Aero, but chatting on the cell phone and sipping a latte while behind the wheel is probably a bad idea. And although extremely well-balanced — fuel is stored up front as to counter the mid/rear weight bias from the engine — the Ultimate Aero demands your respect and attention if you would like to remain vertical or out of traction. «We celebrate the Ultimate Aero’s unique differences because we did not create this car for everybody. The Veyron is an amazing car, but the Bugatti driver and the SSC driver are two very different people,» says Khan.

Flick a switch on the Ultimate Aero’s instrument panel, hold down the ceiling mounted starter button, and what can only be described as a lion’s roar emanates from all that American muscle resting behind your head. Standing outside of the car at idle, the ceramic exhaust pipes emit a pleasing grumble alluding to the symphony of power that awaits your right foot.

Inside the car, on the road
Probably the first thing I noticed after takeoff was all the amusing noises reverberating in the cabin. They’re a mix of high-tech happenings and muscular emissions. The twin turbos cradling the engine, for instance, make an awesome pinging sound as the wastegates switch on and off between them. Shelby lovingly refers to them as «the twins.» The turbo pinging, along with a ferocious exhaust note, becomes more aggressive as you tear through each of the six forward gears. With a quick flick of the wrist, the Ultimate Aero’s transmission precisely clicks into each gear gate as you rapidly climb to triple-digit speeds.

How rapid? How about reaching 60 mph in 2.78 seconds in first gear. Like a well-funded brewery, the SSC’s power is always on tap. And thanks to massive 14-in. vented and slotted disc brakes up front (eight-piston calipers) and in back (six-piston calipers), the Aero only needs 103 feet to get back down to zero.

The interior is just as well thought out. «You hear feedback about other cars, like the shifter is too far away or the steering wheel is too close,» says Shelby. «So we did a lengthy study about different sized bodies and how they fit into cars. We talked to a lot of owners. We would look at a 55 percentile female and a 95 percentile male, and there is a huge swing in arm/leg length, eye level, etc. We came up with an interior that is suitable for men and women of every size.»

The specially made Recaro seats are super-snug and effectively keep your body in place while ripping through corners. This is necessary considering the Ultimate Aero literally handles like it’s on rails. Like a high-end camera, just point and shoot where you want to go.

A hand-built record-breaker
SSC is already well on its way to reaching the 50-car production run planned for the Ultimate Aero. The 2007 order bank, which opened more than halfway into 2007, has been put to bed with five cars sold and delivered internationally. And 2008 has already seen eight orders with six-figure down payments to match. Next on the company agenda is a four-door, four-seat, luxury sports sedan aiming at near or above 220 mph.

When you consider SSC’s daunting challenges and its David vs. Goliath situation, it is all the more impressive that they came out on top. And like the founders of many startups, Shelby has been intimately involved in the design and development of his baby. In fact, workers in SSC’s assembly plant have become quite used to Shelby turning wrenches alongside them during the 3.5 months it takes to hand-build each Ultimate Aero. «I know the part-number and price of every part on this car, which you will never see at a larger company,» says Shelby.

With 1,183 hp and 1,094 foot-pounds of torque, the Ultimate Aero’s all-aluminum, twin-turbocharged V8 has more horsepower than any other street-legal production car, another record for which the company is applying.

But wait, there’s more.

The car also holds the best-recorded speed for navigating the slalom (73.1 mph), and bests all others in the ever-important weight-to-horsepower ratio (2.33). «A lot of people think that powerful, American supercars are only good at going straight, but our car will out-handle just about anything that you put next to it,» Shelby says. «When Road & Track tested a pre-production version of our car, it broke the Ferrari Enzo’s slalom course record. It will just take time to get the word out on how capable we are.»

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