These Incredible Vehicles Are the Fastest in Their Class
If you love a good speed boat, car or anything else, then these are the vehicles for you. They're insanely quick and usually pretty unique looking. Each of these machines is considered the fastest in its class.
Many of these machines are unique in their features and designs, and all of them can move faster than you can believe. Sit back, read and satisfy your need for speed.
One of the fastest aircraft to fly in the skies is the now-retired Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. This plane is a long-range, high-altitude craft intended for reconnaissance. It’s capable of reaching more than Mach 3 — that means an astonishing 2,300 miles per hour.
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
The B-2 Spirit, commonly known as a stealth bomber, is a U.S. Air Force heavy bomber flown by the U.S. Air Force. It comes with stealth technology and the capability for conventional and thermonuclear weapons. It’s also the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons while remaining in stealth.
As far as fast cars go, the McLaren F1 is known to be among the absolute fastest. It has set numerous records, including a spot in the 1998 Guinness World Records as the fastest production car with a maximum speed of 240.1 mph.
ALFA-X Bullet Train
Japan is world-famous for its Shinkansen train, known in the English-speaking world as the bullet train. The Class E956 is a 10-car experimental train operated by the East Japan Railway Company. It can reach a maximum speed of 220 mph.
SSC Ultimate Aero
The SSC Ultimate Aero was designed from the ground up to be a driver’s car. That means no electronic driver aids such as traction control and antilock brakes — it’s all up to the person behind the wheel.
This vehicle is a streamliner car that operates on a diesel engine. It was crafted specifically to break the land speed record for a diesel engine vehicles, and it did not disappoint.
The Thrust SSC is a supersonic jet car designed in Britain. This vehicle achieved the land speed record on October 15th, 1997. Not only did it reach 763 mph (1,228 km/h), but it was the first land vehicle capable of breaking the sound barrier.
The X-15 was an experimental hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and NASA during the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout its operational lifetime, the craft was used to set both speed and altitude records. It even reached the very edge of outer space.
Japanese Maglev Train
The Superconducting Maglev (also know as the SCMaglev or MLU) is a magnetic levitation railway system developed in Japan by the Central Japan Railway Company. On April 21, 2015, a manned seven-car SCMaglev train reached a speed of 375 mph.
Spirit of Australia
The Spirit of Australia was a speed boat that broke the world water speed record in the 1970s. Part of what makes this such an unusual record is that the speed boat was built in a backyard, the boat was made of wood and it was powered by a Westinghouse J34 jet engine.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
According to Guinness World Records, the fastest street-legal production car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4. This German-made, mid-engine sports car was designed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured by Bugatti.
The Bluebird K7 is notable for being not only the first successful jet-powered hydroplane but also the vehicle in which Britain’s Donald Campbell set seven world water speed records between the years of 1955 and 1967.
The Soviet Union’s MiG-25 was the fastest plane developed by the USSR. This stainless-steel jet was Mikoyan Gurevich’s final plane design, and it was built with hunting fast-moving American bombers in mind.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
The Koenigsegg Agera is a record-setting mid-engine sports car created and produced by Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg. The name of the car is derived from the Swedish verb "agera," which means "to act" or "you act," as if the car commands its driver to move.
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
The F-111 Aardvark was designed by General Dynamics as a supersonic mid-range interdictor and tactical attack craft that could fill a variety of niche roles. The jet first entered service in the late 1960s, and they were used for over 30 years.
Hennessey Venom GT
Another high-performing sports car is the Hennessey Venom GT. This car set a world record on January 21, 2013 for fastest road-legal car. It’s able to go from zero to 186 mph within 13.63 seconds.
This sportbike was first manufactured by Suzuki in 1999, and it immediately became the world’s fastest production motorcycle. The top speed for the machine was 312 mph.
Westland Helicopter Company’s Lynx helicopter was designed as a utility craft for civil and naval usage. Military interest led to the development of battlefield variations for use in combat
Bell V-280 Valor
The Bell V-280 was developed by Bell and Lockheed Martin as a tiltrotor aircraft for the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. The chopper was unveiled in 2013 at the Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde is a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic airliner with a maximum speed of over twice the speed of sound, or Mach 2.04. This intense airliner has seating for up to 128 passengers.
The TOP 1 Ack Attack is a streamliner motorcycle that was specifically constructed to take the land-speed record. After reaching a two-way speed average of 376.363 mph, it took the record on September 25, 2010.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R
While the Kawasaki Ninja H2 does not hold a world record, it does boast high but unconfirmed speed. Its engine can produce a maximum of 326 horsepower.
As far as fast bikes go, few can rival the theoretical power of Dodge’s Tomahawk. While experts argue whether or not it should count as a true motorcycle, the bike itself has a 10-cylinder car engine and four close-coupled wheels.
BUB Seven Streamliner
The BUB Seven Streamliner is an American-built streamliner motorcycle that held the land-speed record for motorcycles from 2006 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. The BUB Seven and two other streamliner motorcycles traded off the title for the world’s fastest motorcycle in summer 2006 at the Bonneville Speedway.
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
The XB-70 Valkyrie was a prototype version of the North American Aviation’s planned B-70 nuclear-armed strategic bomber designed for deep penetration by the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command. The original design came about in the late 1950s.
Apollo 10 Spaceship
The Apollo 10 mission took place in May 1969. It was the fourth manned mission in the United States Apollo program and only the second to orbit the moon. The mission was undertaken as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the first Moon landing, and it continued just short of actually landing.
Mallard Steam Train
As far as fast steam locomotives go, the LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard is the fastest in the world, reaching a top speed of 126 mph. However its everyday service rarely required it to achieve such a high speed.
NASA’s X-43 was an unmanned experimental hypersonic jet that was part of the Hyper-X program. This jet broke several records and holds the fasted record for an aircraft by traveling at approximately Mach 9.6. To fly, a winged booster rocket with the X-34 on top was drop-launched from a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.
The Guinness World record holder for the fastest production tank in the world is the British FV101 Scorpion. Its maximum speed was 51.10 mph, and it could accelerate from zero to 30 miles per hour in 16 seconds.
One of the fastest business jets in the world is the Global 6000. It was designed and manufactured by Bombardier Aviation. Since its introduction in July 1999, numerous models have been created, including one for military use.