The holy grail of speed has always been the production car speed record. Car companies shoot for this record - if they can - in hopes that they can put their names in the history books. Some of them have succeeded and some have failed, but either way, these machines are fantastic.

Most of the cars on the list are very expensive and only built in limited numbers. You would be hard pressed to find any one of the top ten machines on normal streets. Hell, you would be hard pressed to find these cars on local tracks.

In order to get on the list, the car must be street legal, so no Formula One cars or land speed machines. The laws for getting on the list are also very tough, as there are no set rules. Nonetheless, the current fastest production car hit a speed of 267 miles per hour. Can you guess which car that was?

Hit the jump to find out.

10) Ferrari Enzo - 217 MPH

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At one time this was the ultimate Ferrari. It is powered by a V12 workhorse with 660 horsepower. There are only 399 of these cars in the world. This was the fastest Ferrari to lap the test track, but the 599 GTO has since beat that time. This Ferrari typically trades above $1,000,000 at auction, making it just as expensive as the Bugatti Veyron.

9) Jaguar XJ220 - 217 MPH

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The XJ200 held the record for the highest top speed of a production car at 217 mph until the arrival of the McLaren F1. The XJ220 shares a name with the normal XJ, but the two aren’t related. Under the hood was a 3.5 L V6 with twin Garrett T3 turbochargers, generating 542 bhp. BBC Formula One commentator Martin Brundle drove the car to 217 miles per hour.

8) Ascari A10 - 220 MPH

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Although it was designed for racing, the A10 is intended to be a usable car on the road as well. It’s an English built car with a modified 5.0-liter BMW V8 engine producing 625 horsepower. Only 50 A10s will be built, making this just as rare as anything else on this list.

7) Gumpert Apollo - 220 MPH

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The car that held the top spot on the Top Gear test track can hit a speed of 220 MPH. The Apollo is produced by a German automaker in Altenburg, whom most people have never heard of. For those of you who like choice, there are three engine types available with the race version rated at 789 horsepower. The production of the Apollo started in October 2005.

6) McLaren F1 - 240 MPH

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On March 31, 1998, the F1 set the record for the fastest production car in the world at 240 mph. Despite only being fourth on the list, the car is still the fastest naturally aspirated car in the world. The car has a 6.1-liter V12 with 627 horsepower. In order to drive the car, the driver must sit in the middle, sort of like a Formula One car.

5) Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo - 248 MPH

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This super Saleen is a very rare machine. Hey, look at that; we made a rhyme. The original S7 was rare, but this version won’t be seen by many people. The motor is a V8 packing 750 horsepower. This twin-turbocharged monster went on sale for $585,296 in 2005.

4) Koenigsegg CCR - 245 MPH

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Sweden making a high-performance car? That’s like Lexus making a car that can compete with the BMW M3. Oh wait, they did that, didn’t they. The CCR can hit a top speed of 245 miles per hour and it will hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The motor is a 4.7-liter V8 with four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, and carbon fiber cam covers. The CCR didn’t hold the record for very long, as the prototype Veyron took the title in 2005.

3) Bugatti Veyron - 253 MPH

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The original Bugatti was once laughed at by the automotive press as a car that could never be built. In a classic foot in mouth moment, the Germans delivered the Veyron with a top speed of 253 miles per hour from an 8.0-liter W16 motor. What made this speed even more impressive was the Veyron’s level of luxury and engineering genius. Sadly, it has become a bit of a fashion statement as of late with limited run specialty versions.

2) SSC Ultimate Aero TT - 256 MPH

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The Ultimate Aero TT is a supercar built by Shelby in America. SSC tested the top speed capability of the Ultimate Aero TT on March 22, 2007. The car hit a recorded top speed of 256 miles per hour, beating the record held by the standard Bugatti Veyron. Under the hood is a 6.35-liter V8 motor.

1) Bugatti Veyron Super Sports - 267 MPH

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As if the Veyron wasn’t fast enough, the new Super Sports model is just insane. Under the hood is a motor capable of 1,100+ horsepower and speeds of 267 miles per hour. In order to get that kind of speed out of the car, Bugatti had to make the normal Veyron far more aerodynamic. On top of the speed record, the car was also the fastest around the Top Gear test track.

There you have it, the top ten fastest production cars on the road. Most people have never heard of a few of these models, such as the Ascari and the Gumpert, but people who know cars know these models. It’s hard to imagine cars getting faster than the Veyron Super Sports, but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before they do. The key has never been speed, most supercars can hit very high speeds. The trick is to make a car that can withstand the forces that accompany those speeds. Only time will tell.

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13 comments:

  (365) posted on 01.18.2012

Its enriched interior is really looks so awesome and I think that is its best asset. Well, the fact that its rival which can deliver an efficient and an impressive figure performance, they should truly be threatened on it because their vehicles can’t offer a nice speed. I like the outlook design and the color is simple but attractive,this one is look so cute.

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

Yeah! These cars really have a fastest production, but I have to agree that mostly of them, met an accident or a problem because on the proportion or on the engine of the car.

  (399) posted on 10.18.2011

Well, for me, it doesn’t matter if whose on the number one, but these cars are really deserved to be in these lists, and I must say that I’m so impressed with the angst and aggressiveness that these cars had.

  (517) posted on 09.29.2011

These cars are really a complete packaged for a sports car. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two Bugatti sports cars are here in the list. However, I must say that these cars are really remarkable and great!

  (364) posted on 06.9.2011

I wonder how these companies makes their product as wonderful and perfect as it can be. I’m amazed that the fastest one can endure a 1000 hp and can run up to 267 mph. That’s huge!

Josh5000  (24) posted on 01.5.2011

I so agree with everyone. they left out so many cars smiley

Josh5000  (858) posted on 11.12.2010

if im correct, 399 enzo’s were built. Many have been crashed.. and many have been highly modified by tuning houses like Edo, Gemballa.... how many untouched are left?

Gt_doster  (11) posted on 11.11.2010

Does it deserve extra 2millios to be 10 miles faster

Gt_doster  (341) posted on 09.5.2010

My vote would have been for Hennessey Venom but it isn’t in production line, they’re just made-to-order custom tuned cars. smiley

maxsternburg123  (10) posted on 09.5.2010

also the mercedes mclaren sterling moss 217 mph and @ epiccarz2000 there not counting modified cars like the porsche 9ff. o and another car pagani zonda f clubsport 225mph, bristel fighter t 225mph, ultima gtr 232 mph, tvr cebera speed 12 240mph, pagani zonda c12 f 217+ mph, and lastly the barabus tkr which claims to go 270mph, and the car going into production, the transtar Dagger GT HYPERCAR which they calculated to have a top speed of 308MPH

maxsternburg123  (10) posted on 09.4.2010

lets see, aston martin one-77 220mph, pagani zonda cinque 217mph, Zenvo ST1 233mph, all the other koenigseggs, ccx 250mph, agera 245+mph, ccxr 250+ mph, ccxr trevinta 250+mph, noble m600 225mph, gumpert apollo can actually go 224mph, hennessey venom 262 mph, ferrari p4/5 225mph, pagani zonda R 248.5mph, and the Carlsson C25 219mph

EpicCarz2000  (8) posted on 09.4.2010

Hmmmm.....the Aston Martin One-77 is missing(top speed:220 mph).As is the Lamborghini Reventon(top speed:218 mph).
Actually,so is the Porsche 9ff GT9(top speed:254 mph).As is the Koenigsegg CCXR
(top speed:254 mph).

EpicCarz2000  (42) posted on 09.3.2010

how come the Koenigsegg CCR is listed ahead of Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo when is top out at 245 and the S7 top out at 248???

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