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World's Fastest Production Car? Not the Bugatti Veyron.

World's Fastest Production Car? Not the Bugatti Veyron.

Source: | Published: July 14, 2008

By Jesse Sears
RSportsCars Contributor

Two Production Cars Faster than the Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is commonly thought to be the fastest production car in the world. With 1001 horsepower on tap, it easily smashed the previous production car land speed record set by the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. Bugatti has used the "fastest production car in the world" myth to its advantage, but in reality, the Veyron 16.4 is not the world's fastest production sports car at all.

Two uber sports car models, one from an American sports car legend and the other from a company known for modifying Porsche 911s and other German sports cars to ludicrous levels, have each eclipsed the production car world road speed record set by the Veyron in 2006.

The SSC Ultimate Aero: World Record Holder

One is from Shelby Supercars, better known as SSC, and set the new Guiness World Record for top speed by a production sports car in late 2007, beating the top speed of the Veyron 16.4 by nearly 3 mph for a verified world record land speed of 411.76 km/h (255.83 mph), for a verified claim to the fastest factory-built production car in the world.

9ff GT9: Germany's sports car king

The other blazing fast supercar is from German Porsche tuner 9ff. You may not have heard of the 9ff GT9, but you will. 9ff has been modifying Porsche 911s to halo performance levels for years, but the German expert sports car tuners have begun with a 911 GT9 and then changed practically everything but the headlights, resulting in a brand new blazing fast German supercar with enough juice to beat the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 head to head.

The 9ff GT9 has recently recorded a documented top speed of 409 kilometers per hour, or 254.1 mph, enough to knock the Bugatti Veyron down to third on the list of all time fastest production cars. Some might balk at this, looking at other highly tuned models such as the Hennessey Motorworks Dodge Viper, and compare them to the 9ff GT9, saying the GT9 is really just a Porsche on amphetamines.

9ff has fought back against this assertion by offering 20--yes, only twenty--GT9 production models for sale complete with 409 km/hr speeds direct from the factory. That is, if you dare to try it in a car with no airbags. You can get one yourself, if you hurry, and happen to have 498,000 (around $785,000 USD) lying around.

A bargain, considering you'd likely pay $2 million to say you were riding around in the world's fastest car, and be oh so wrong.

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