Those who are not zealous aficionados of elite sports cars might be surprised to learn that there is some considerable controversy over the definition of the word “car” when trying to answer the alluring question of what is the fastest car in the world. If we go by the criteria that it must be commercially available and actually legal to drive on the road, though, there can be no doubt which takes the cake. Or, rather, wins the race.
Fans of the BBC auto show Top Gear might know that they named it the car of the decade (for the first decade of the 21st century – whatever we’re calling that decade). Designed by the Volkswagen Group it tops 250 miles an hour. (That’s over 400 kilometers an hour for you Europeans reading this.) It is the Bugatti Veyron: a car that is truly fast, in every sense of the word.
The Bugatti Veyron, it is no exaggeration to describe as, a piece of workmanship in the classical sense of the word. In the small shop in the countryside of Molsheim, France, where the car is crafted, there is little sign of the high-modern automobile industry found virtually everywhere else. Rather, instead of automated assemblage robotics, the Bugatti Veyron is literally hand crafted. It takes 14 craft workers one week to assemble each version of the car. At the time of writing, there has been only about 380 Veyrons built since 2005.
It is beautifully designed, with extraordinary workmanship drawing from the best outsourced producers in the world. And, in case you’re worried about stopping, not an unreasonable concern, the car uses cross drilled, radially vented carbon fibre reinforced silicon carbide brakes. When it needs to, it just stops!
Oh, and did we mention that it was fast? According to its manufacturers, it has “1001 horsepower”. That may sound crazy, but consider that it gets up to over 90 miles an hour in second gear. That’s what I said: in second gear. But, don’t take my word for it; see for yourself. Check out this video in which the Bugatti Veyron is put to the test.
And now you know what is the fastest car in the world. Now, if you could only afford one. I’ll just tell you that if you have $1 million burning a hole in your pocket, it won’t quite be enough. Happy motoring.