What Is the World's Fastest Car?

According to The Super Cars, the world's fastest street-legal car as of 2014 is the Hennessey Venom GT. It has reached a top speed of 270 miles per hour and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. The Hennessey Venom GT features a 7.0-liter, V-8 engine and sells for more than $1 million.

Produced by Hennessey Performance Engineering, a Texas-based company, the Hennessey Venom GT is built on a modified Lotus Exige chassis. It has a curb weight of 2,743 pounds and includes lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and wheels. Its power is derived from its GM LSX engine, which was also used in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. This engine revs up to 7,200 rotations per minute, and it coordinates with a Ricardo six-speed transmission.

The second fastest car in the world as of 2014 is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. With a top speed of 268 miles per hour, it accelerates faster than the Hennessey Venom GT, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds. Its 8-liter, W-16 engine delivers 1,200 horsepower. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport held the title of fastest car in the world from 2010 until 2014, when it was surpassed by the Hennessey Venom GT.