World's eight fastest supercars and the science behind them: From the 330mph ... trends now

World's eight fastest supercars and the science behind them: From the 330mph ... trends now
World's eight fastest supercars and the science behind them: From the 330mph ... trends now

World's eight fastest supercars and the science behind them: From the 330mph ... trends now

When you think about what makes a car truly useful, how fast it goes 0-60mph is not the most important factor.

But nothing sparks the imagination quite like top speed. It takes ingenuity, technology, and design to go this much faster than humans were ever meant to go.

Going fast is not just a question of building a bigger engine. World record breakers need to conceal a small but potent engine under a highly aerodynamic body to make use of all that power.

The below list - detailing the eight production cars with the highest top speeds in the world - feature vehicles that look more like spaceships or fighter jets than passenger vehicles.

And it's not all for show. Incredible speeds require lots of aerodynamic downforce to keep them from literally taking flight, which means engineers need to get creative with their designs.

They need to be able to maintain traction at legendary speeds, cut through the air like knives, and still keep the driver safe in the event of a crash. 

Their engines are marvels of technology as well. In all of them, turbochargers ram air into the intake ports - sometimes at more than twice atmospheric pressure - and massive injectors provide gobs of fuel to match.

More gasoline may not be all it takes to make your engine the best for long, though. In a change from much of the past decade, one of the cars on this list is a gasoline-electric hybrid, signaling a potential shifting tide in the market.

And the field has truly shifted since 2005, when the Bugatti Veyron came out and topped 250 miles per hour, making it the world's fastest car. Now most of the world's fastest are designed to go over 300 mph.

Let's start close to the top, as we rank the eight production cars with the highest top speeds in the world:

8. Koenigsegg Agera RS: 277.9 MPH

The Agera RS held the record for world's fastest car for a while, after posting a 277.87 average speed in November 2017. It still holds the record for top speed on a public road by a street-legal car, but it has since been surpassed by others on the track. The Agera RS is no slouch, its 5-liter V8 pumping out 960 horsepower with the help of twin variable-geometry ceramic ball bearing turbochargers.

The Agera RS held the record for world's fastest car for a while, after posting a 277.87 average speed in November 2017. It still holds the record for top speed on a public road by a street-legal car, but it has since been surpassed by others on the track. The Agera RS is no slouch, its 5-liter V8 pumping out 960 horsepower with the help of twin variable-geometry ceramic ball bearing turbochargers.

7. Czinger 21C: 281 MPH

Los Angeles-based Czinger's 3D-printed 21C presents a unique entry: Its powertrain is a gasoline-electric hybrid. A 2.88-liter twin turbo V8 drive the rear wheels, and two electric motors drive the fronts, for a combined power rating of 1,250 horsepower at an absolutely howling 10,500 RPM. It holds the record for fastest production car lap at both Laguna Seca and Circuit of the Americas.

Los Angeles-based Czinger's 3D-printed 21C presents a unique entry: Its powertrain is a gasoline-electric hybrid. A 2.88-liter twin turbo V8 drive the rear wheels, and two electric motors

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