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November 14, 2013It might sound like a simple question, but the matter of which car is the fastest in the world requires some exploration.
First, are you after the fastest production car in the world, the fastest modified car in the world, the fastest road-legal car in the world, the fastest racing car in the world, or the outright fastest wheeled land vehicle in the world?
There are even more questions hidden in this seemingly simple matter. What constitutes a car? What do you mean by fastest? What standard of proof do you require?
We're going to limit ourselves to the production car category, as it's the only one that can be definitively answered.
The fastest production car in the world
To answer this question, we must first establish what a "production car" is. While a number of possibilities exist (at least X number produced, at least X number sold, etc.), we'll defer to the Guinness Book of World Records on this matter, as the other bodies that recognize "world's fastest" claims disagree on the subject.
To be a production car per the Guinness World Records standard, the car must be street-legal, configured as delivered from the manufacturer, and with more than 20 units built during production. By this standard, the fastest car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, officially verified to have reached 267.857 mph.
Despite the Veyron Super Sport's title, the car, as delivered to customers, has a speed limiter that prohibits speeds above 257.87 mph in order to protect the tires. Guinness considers the removal of this speed limiter in the world record attempt to be within its definition of "production car."
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