With how advanced technology is nowadays, it's possible that there are already cars that can accelerate faster than planes or jets. We call them "supercars." These cars can go super fast, such that when pitted against a plane or a jet on the runway, you'll be astounded to see them run side by side or even see the supercar drive past the plane or the jet.
The magic of engineering has allowed us to create these supercars. You can often find these rockets on four wheels from luxury-car manufacturers. For these manufacturers, the finish line is still way ahead. So, they continue on improving these cars, making them faster and faster with every iteration. Time might even come that these supercars will become so fast that a certain kind of protection from the heavy pull of gravity might be needed.
With every improvement on these supercars, we can expect them to go faster, and soon, they'll easily beat any plane or jet on the runway. In a way, you can imagine these cars "flying" on the streets as they accelerate. When all cars on the road are like that, we might need to re-establish our speed limits.
Without further ado, let's take a look at some of the world's fastest supercars. We listed here 20 vehicles that accelerate so fast, they can beat a plane or a jet any day. Hold on to your seats because you might get blown away when any of these supercars pass you by.
20 9ff GT9-R
The 9ff GT9-R is one of the fastest supercars of all time. This car is loosely based on the Porsche 911, so you can be sure that it's a fast car. To allow it perform in superb condition, the 9ff GT9-R is powered by a heavily modified engine: a 4-liter flat 6. This engine can produce up to 1,120 bhp with the proper configuration. However, unlike the Porsche 911, which is rear-engined, the 9ff GT9-R is mid-engined to ensure proper distribution of weight in the entire car.
The 9ff GT9-R boasts a top speed of 257 mph. From a rolling start, this supercar can accelerate to 100 mph in just 3.8 seconds. At standstill, it can accelerate to 100 mph in 5.2 seconds. This car is ridiculously fast, and with rocket-like speed, it can easily beat any plane or jet on the runway.
19 SSC Ultimate Aero
With a top speed similar to the 9ff GTR-9 at 257 mph, the SSC Ultimate Aero is a rocket of a supercar. It's one of the fastest cars on the road today and one of the fastest vehicles in the history of automotive. Under the hood, the SSC Ultimate Aero has an ultra-powerful 6.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. With this type of engine, the vehicle has an increased power of up to 15%. It produces up to 1,287 hp.
The SSC Ultimate Aero is a marvel of engineering. Complementing its powerful engine block, it comes with an aerodynamic design. It has curves and edges in the right places. Moreover, its aerodynamic design gives it a spectacular look expected from a modern-day supercar.
18 Koenigsegg Agera R
Beating the SSC Ultimate Aero by a few mph, the Koenigsegg Agera R is a ridiculously fast supercar with a top speed of 260 mph. Released in 2011, this supercar with a mind-blowing speed is an answer to rival luxury car brands, such as Bugatti and Hennessey.
A rocket on wheels, the SSC Ultimate Aero can accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. That means that after just several blinks, the car is already flying! How's that even possible?!? That's possible because the SSC Ultimate Aero is powered by a 5-liter V8 engine rated with 1099 hp. Amazing!
To match the supercar's powerful engine, the SSC Ultimate Aero is designed with utmost aerodynamic capability in mind. For a long time, the SSC Ultimate Aero was a record-holder when it came to speed. It can accelerate from standstill to 300 km/h (approximately 187 mph) in under 15 seconds (14.53 seconds, to be exact)!
17 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Is this still a car, or is it a rocket? With a top speed of 268 mph, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is one of the fastest supercars in the world. Built for speed, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has a massive Narrow-Angle 8-liter W16 engine rated with 1200 hp. In fact, this supercar once held the crown as the fastest car in the world, taking the crown from the SSC Ultimate Aero in 2010.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is a product of the minds of the great engineers from Volkswagen in the early 2000s. After going through many modifications and several iterations of a redesign, it's become the rocket on wheels that it is now! Don't blink, as you might not catch it when it passes right in front of you.
16 Hennessey Venom GT
The fastest street-legal car, the Hennessey Venom GT was found to have a top speed of 270 mph. It has been holding the lead against other street-legal cars for quite some time now. The Hennessey Venom GT can make even the most experienced drivers tremble with its ultra-fast speed.
Under the hood, this supercar boasts a 7.0-liter LS7 Twin-Turbocharged V8 rated with 1244 hp. Its powerful engine is built in a secret location in Texas.
The Hennessey Venom GT is not only the fastest supercar in the world but also one of the rarest. There are only a few units of this car that came out of production.
The Hennessey Venom GT is the last car on this list that still considers road safety, which is why it's still street legal. The following vehicles after this are rocket fast but aren't necessarily street legal, and most require some special designs in order to work.
15 Blue Bird
The Blue Bird is a super fast car built by Campbell-Railton. The idea behind the Blue Bird was to create a car that would beat all land records instantly. The aim was for it to hit more than 300 mph, and that was in 1935! Upon launch, Reid Railton designed the Blue Bird, and Sir Malcolm Campbell was the main driver.
Under the hood, the Blue Bird carries a 36.7-liter supercharged Rolls-Royce R V12 rated with 2,300 hp. That's a massive hp, even for supercars of today! At the time of its launch decades ago, Campbell was able to drive it and break the 300 mph barrier with a top speed of 301.129 mph. That was the first time a land vehicle hit more than 300 mph. Superb!
14 Buckeye Bullet 2.5
The Buckeye Bullet 2.5 looks like a rocket on land, and it performs like one as well. Apparently, this vehicle is considered the fastest electric vehicle of all time. Just when you thought electric vehicles were slow, the Buckeye Bullet 2.5 blows your mind!
The Buckeye Bullet 2.5 has a top speed of 307 mph. It's capable of reaching its maximum speed thanks to its propulsion system that uses A123 Systems 32113 Li-Ion batteries, and it created a world record in 2010.
If that's already amazing for you, then you'll be even more amazed once you find out who created the Buckeye Bullet 2.5. It's a creation of a team of engineering students from Ohio State University. A team is working on improving it further for it to hit 400 mph.
13 Jack Beckman’s Funny Car Dragster
When it comes to the world of drag racing, Jack Beckman is a homegrown name. As a dragster, he set records for some of the fastest speeds in that arena. His car, the Jack Beckman’s Funny Car Dragster, has a top speed of 333.66 mph. Hence, this earned him the nickname "Fast Jack."
Jack Beckman set that record in 2006 during a drag racing event in California. At present, his record has become tough to beat because of the shortened track distances. Therefore, it might take a long time before Jack's record can be beaten.
Top speeds of 300 mph and beyond are pretty common in the world of drag racing. However, let's stick to Jack Beckman’s Funny Car Dragster since it was one of the first to hit that sweet spot.
12 JCB DieselMax
Not only is the JCB DieselMax a super fast vehicle; it also holds a record for that. Actually, this rocket-looking car is the fastest diesel-powered vehicle. It has a max speed of 350.452 mph. The JCB DieselMax broke the 350 mph barrier for diesel-powered cars and for most cars, in general, in 2006. The previous record holder for cars with a diesel engine held it at 236 mph. Hence, JCB DieselMax set a new bar that's so high that it might be virtually impossible to beat.
During its record-setting run, the man behind the wheel of the JCB DieselMax was Andy Green, who was from the British Royal Air Force. Apparently, Green is a man of speed, as he holds the fastest land-speed record but not for the JCB DieselMax. It's a whole different story for that record.
Way back in the 1930s, having a car that hit more than 200 mph looked impossible, and a car that broke the 300 mph was insane! Yet, the Thunderbolt was able to do that, and that was close to a century ago! In 1937, the Thunderbolt supercar set a record as the fastest land-based craft, hitting a max speed of 357.49 mph. How they were even able to measure that is beyond me!
To hit that top speed, the Thunderbolt supercar had a couple of Rolls-Royce R-Type V12 aero engines. This is the same engine setup that the Blue Bird used later on. Unfortunately, the Thunderbolt perished in a fire after it had retired. Still, its engine survived, which is now kept at the Science Museum located in London.
10 Railton Mobil Special
The 1930s seemed like a decade for breaking land-speed records. Coming next and a close rival to the Thunderbolt is the Railton Mobil Special. At that time, this supercar was called "Railton Special." The man behind the wheel of the Railton Mobil Special was John Cobb, and he was a tough competitor against Thunderbolt's Captain Eyston. Still, the two were able to set land-speed records when they competed against each other. Today, these records still stand.
The Railton Mobil Special has a top speed of 394.196 mph. It was so close to breaking the 400 mph barrier. It's a powerful car, thanks to its two supercharged Napier Lion VIID W12 aircraft engines. In the 1930s, this supercar was the first to break the 350 mph barrier.
The first land-based craft to break the 400 mph barrier was the Goldenrod, maxing at a top speed of 409.3 mph. From its looks alone, you can somewhat predict that it can break land-speed records and beat jets taxiing from the runway because it was like a rocket on wheels. The Goldenrod held the fastest land-speed record for a long time, between 1965 and 1991.
Bob and Bill Summers owned the Goldenrod. It was built with the assistance of a Lockheed engineer. They used four fuel-injected Chrysler Hemi engines rated with 2,400 hp.
In 1965, they took the Goldenrod for a test drive. Later on, they took the record home at the top speed of 409.3 mph. Since 2006, the Goldenrod has been on museum display after Ford Motors bought it and restored it.
8 Wingfoot Express
Popular almost the same time as the Goldenrod, the Wingfoot Express is a rocket-like land-based vehicle. During its heyday, the Wingfoot Express set a land-speed record of 413.2 mph. How was it able to that? This super vehicle was jet powered, so it's somewhat given that it can reach speeds that can beat even planes and jets. Specifically, it had a Westinghouse J46 turbojet engine. Since the Wingfoot Express used a different engine than that of the Goldenrod, its record was placed under a different category. Hence, both vehicles became record holders.
The Wingfoot Express is iconic for its speed and because its engine is only used for the US Navy. It was made possible with the extra funding it received from Goodyear.
7 Burkland 411 Streamliner
Now that you're almost near the end of the list, you probably feel that the first entry is slow as a turtle even if it's already fast in its own right. This is the same thing that happened in 2008 when the Burkland 411 Streamliner broke all land-speed records, and everyone was left astounded. The Burkland 411 Streamliner hit 415 mph when they drove it on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
How was it able to reach such a high speed?
The Burkland 411 Streamliner is powered by an IC Supercharged Hemi engine, allowing it to reach speeds of over 400 mph easily. During its initial run in 2001, the Burkland 411 Streamliner suffered a catastrophic crash, and it took seven years for it to get back on the field. It was worth it because it made a legacy after that run in Utah.
6 Green Monster
In the 1960s, the Green Monster was a household name when it came to speed records. At that time, it beat and re-beat speed records.
The Green Monster is a creation of Art and Walt Arfons, who are half-brothers. They powered the Green Monster with an F-104 Starfighter turbojet engine, which is why it was able to break and re-break speed records. The Green Monster first came out in the 1950s, and it came with many variations that can still be seen today. However, it was the 1960s version that made a name when it came to speed. Its archenemy, the Wingfoot Express, easily bowed down to the Green Monster.
In the end, the Green Monster came out victorious after topping many speed battles during its day.
5 Vesco Turbinator
The Vesco Turbinator broke the 470 mph barrier with a top speed of 470.444 mph. That mind-blowing speed was reached when it ran across a salt flat. However, the team behind the Vesco Turbinator said that they aren't done even after hitting such a high land speed. Their goal? To break the 500 mph barrier.
They plan to enhance the design and machinery of the Vesco Turbinator to allow it to hit 500 mph and beyond. There are many engineering upgrades in the pipeline, and this super vehicle might just hit its goal soon.
It was in 2001 when the Vesco Turbinator broke the 470 mph barrier. Unfortunately, their team leader, Don Vesco, passed away, which is why work on it is on a slowdown. Still, the team is rallying behind the Vesco Turbinator to get back on the salt flat and break that 500 mph barrier.
4 Spirit of America
A record-breaking land vehicle, the Spirit of America has beaten the likes of the Green Monster and the Wingfoot Express. The Spirit of America boasts a top speed of 600.601 mph, which is a speed beyond most of us, even the most talented of car drivers. It literally broke the 600 mph ceiling and raised the speed bar so high!
The Spirit of America had an F104 Starfighter jet engine, which is the same god-like engine used on the Green Monster. The guy behind the wheel when the Spirit of America broke the land speed record was Craig Breedlove. He etched his name in history because, at that time and even today, reaching over 600 mph is beyond belief.
Earlier, before the Spirit of America hit its top speed, it ran into an accident where it created a skid mark on the road that measured 5 miles before it hit a pond. Hence, it also got the record for the longest skid mark in history.
3 Blue Flame
Just when you thought that the 600 mph ceiling is the final ceiling and that only one car can break that here, there's the Blue Flame. This super vehicle (we're not sure if it's still in the supercar category because it looks like a rocketship) has a top speed of 630.388 mph. It reached this maximum speed after running at a salt flat.
The Blue Flame is a creation of Reaction Dynamics in Milwaukee. They used (more of experimented on) an engine that combined high-test peroxide and liquefied gas as a source of power. In the end, the Blue Flame seems to have gotten a rocket engine, and yes, it performed like a rocket as it reached that maximum speed.
At present, the Blue Flame can be found in Germany. It's in the Sinsheim Auto and Technik Museum.
With a top speed of 650.88 mph, the Thrust2 isn't yet the fastest vehicle on this list. Yet, it's as close as it gets. Apparently, the Thrust2's design was inspired by the Batmobile, which is why its performance is somewhat at par with if not beyond Batman's car. It reached its top speed during a test in the Nevada Black Rock Desert. That was sometime in 1983. For the next 14 years, it held the record as the fastest land vehicle.
The Thrust 2 has a Rolls-Royce Avon jet engine under the hood, which allows it to beat jets even when it just operates on land. They got this engine from a former English fighter jet.
At present, the Thrust2 can be seen at the Coventry Transport Museum in England.
1 Thrust SSC
The fastest vehicle on land is the Thrust SSC. Beating everything else including planes and jets on runways, the Thrust SSC has a maximum speed of 771 mph, and it's the only land vehicle that's broken the 700 mph barrier. Moreover, it's the only land vehicle that's also broken the sound barrier. It set this record in 1997, and 20 years after, it still holds that record.
The Thrust SSC has two Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engines under the hood. These are fighter engines, so this super-duper car is more of a jet than a car, and it actually looks like one but with wheels. Its engines produce a massive 110,000 hp, and it gulps 4.8 gallons of fuel per second.
It's been a long wait for another vehicle to beat Thrust SSC, and until then, it's the only one that's reached Mach-level speed.