Gallery: the fastest production cars ever
From Jag XK120 and Miura to Venom, meet the quickest road cars in history
Posted: 26 Feb 2014
2007 Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero - 256.18mph
The ninetiestastic SSC is made almost entirely out of carbon fibre, and it has its own party piece - twin pop-up air brakes that emerge from the top of the rear wings. Something we enjoyed very much when we drove one in the USA alongside an older Hennessey Venom.
Something we enjoyed rather a lot less was the oh-god-make-it-stop speed. 0-60mph in 2.78 seconds. And a top speed of 256.18mph, as verified by the Guinness Book of Records. While it's subsequently been beaten, company owner Jerod Shelby is loathe to relinquish his crown. "We are working with Michelin on a tyre rated for a new world record of speed. We'll be the first ones to have that. But it's also a tyre that we feel very confident we can use to break the Nürburgring record for our [new model the Tuatara]." Bon chance, mon brave. Your test mule looks BONKERS.