Supercars: Top 10 Super Cars of the World
They are sleek, they are fast, and they are classy. Year after year supercars are getting high-tech, hybrid, expensive and even more desirable! While most can only dream of having them, some are ready to pay whatever it takes to own a supercar.
Super cars can be measured in many different categories from to power to performance, value to comfort, to speed trials to authority of brand. When anyone talks about a supercar the first question undeniably will be about it’s speed.
How fast can it go? Speed is the one category that can gain respect and notoriety even for the underdog manufacturers.
The title of “world’s fastest production road car” is constantly in contention, especially because the term “production car” is not well-defined. The rules have changed over time, but the current requirement is more than 30 cars produced for road use.
Here is our list of “The world’s fastest production road car” that have qualified in the past and the present.
10) Jaguar XJ220 (213 mph)
Born out of a collaboration between Jaguar & Tom Walkinshaw racing, a specialist automotive and race engineering company, a concept car XJ220 captivated drivers with its version of a motor that won the 24 hours of Le Mans in a Jaguar XJR-9 in the same year of the concepts debut 1992.
1500 eager buyers put down their deposits for their production model of the Jaguar XJ220 with a 6.2 litre engine with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Horsepower was set for 500.
Unfortunately, The collaborating team watered down the concept for replacing the engine with a quad-cam, 24 valve twin turbo 3.5litre V6, a development from the metro 6R4 group B rally car.
Buyers were more than disappointed and pulled their orders, whether it was totally down to their engine change or the economic downturn which was affecting the value of collectable cars. Buyers were not buying, a total of 275 XJ220 sold for £475,000 each, production ended promptly in 1994.
The most prominent achievement of the XJ220 was being the fastest production car on the Nurburgring with a time of 7:46:36, for 8 years (1992-2000). Otherwise it the V6 still had incredible top speeds of 213mph (with limiter)
9) McLaren P1 (217 mph)
The McLaren P1’s 6 minute lap time on the Nurburgring proves that the long awaited successor of the McLaren F1 is one of the most capable performance cars ever made. Yes, it doesn’t have the same ground breaking speeds due to it’s limiter, it does have organ shredding lateral grip that can handle the 3.8litre twin turbocharged V8 Petrol engine that seamlessly blends an electric hybrid with a total output of 903hp.
The P1 will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, the powertrain is similar to the F1 with a mid engine, rear-wheel drive design. Features carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage, bespoke Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres and specially developed carbon-ceramic brakes from Akebono.
Production was limited to 375 units at a starting price of £866,000 but the average buyer has opted in for the unique design add on’s raising the value to over £1million. McLaren had globally sold out by November 2013. This year announced a GTR special edition to celebrate 20 years since their 1995 victory of 24 hour Le Mans, which will be a track only car with an intended power output of 987bhp.
8) Ferrari La Ferrari (217mph)
LaFerrari exerts a powerful punch of 0-62mph in under 3 seconds & 124mph in just under 7 seconds, the successor of the Ferrari Enzo is proving to be the fastest road worthy car that Ferrari have ever produced. All the while reducing the typical supercar emission output by up to 40%, its V12 6.3litre with hybrid electric engine prowling a combined torque of 900Nm.
The hybrid system is modelled on the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in the Ferrari Formula One cars, the electric engine is designed to produce maximum outputs all of the time.
The driving position is set to be half way between formula one and a normal sports car, with fixed low slung carbon fibre seats elevate the driver’s backside to sitting broadly the same height as their toes, movable steering wheel and pedals, the cabin is stripped back from all the gadgetry to make for a very intimate and focused driving environment. All 499 cars are sold out just after release in 2014 even with Ferrari’s strict ownership policy for over £1.15million each, its is claimed to be a masterpiece from Maranello.