Formula 1 Championship is the most popular racing car series in the world. F1 formulas are the pinnacle of racing. They're built to give the best possible performances on the racing track. In the old days, there were few regulations. The goal was to make the fastest open-wheel car in the world. Car manufacturers and F1 teams always tried new technologies and technical solutions, often putting drivers and mechanics at risk. Many rules have changed since then. Improved safety regulations and an introduction of electronics profoundly changed F1. Modern F1 cars have become much slower and less noisy than before. However, one thing never changed—F1 is still pushing the progress in the car industry.
Many technological innovations found their way to road cars soon after they were introduced in F1. Many car manufacturers own an F1 team, and their road cars benefit from new technologies. Still, it's hard for road cars and even so-called supercars to compete in performance with Formula 1. Because the Formula 1 car is incredibly light, horsepower-to-weight ratio makes a huge difference. F1 racing cars also have higher downforce levels and get help from a DRS system to make it even better. Those are the biggest reasons why F1 racing cars are so hard to beat. Yet, car manufacturers are using a lot of F1 technologies and fabrics, even KERS and DRS systems, making some of those cars capable of beating F1 formulas, at least in some aspects.
25 SSC Ultimate Aero XT
The Shelby SuperCars Company turned many heads with the Ultimate Aero supercar. The Ultimate Aero broke multiple world records for the fastest production car. A special-edition XT model was made in 2013. Its overall styling is very similar to a basic version. Big changes happened behind the seats, though. The new 423.6 cubic-inch engine can produce an incredible 1,300 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 1,004 pound-feet of torque. The Ultimate Aero XT is 108 pounds lighter than its big brother. This makes the Aero XT sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.65 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 11.25 seconds. The top speed for this beast is 273 mph. You can try to control this power with a seven-speed triple disc carbon-clutch gearbox. The transmission is not traditional, as it's on the floor. At your disposal is a paddle-shift interface placed behind the steering wheel.
24 Lamborghini Aventador LP1600-4 Mansory Carbonado GT
You probably know that Mansory is a Swiss tuner company. They're experts in creating special versions of certain stock cars. Mansory prepared a special Carbonado GT program for the Lamborghini Aventador. The exterior looks stunning; none of those new components are eye candy. They improve aerodynamics, ventilation, air intakes, and so on. Everything is made using only the best and finest materials. In the interior, Mansory added new non-slip aluminum pedals and many carbon-fiber components. Under the hood is a Mansory-modified and turbocharged 6.5-liter V-12 engine. Thanks to it, the Aventador can develop 600 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. Those mind-bending engine powers speed up this car form 0 to 60 mph in 2.1 seconds. The top speed of the Carbonado GT is 230 mph. Interestingly, this isn't the best Lamborghini on our list.
23 New Ford GT
The Ford GT 40 was one of the most successful racing cars in history. It was most famous for a podium sweep in the 1966 24 hours of Le Mans. In 2005, Ford created a modern version, but it wasn't able to repeat the success of its predecessors until 2016, when the New Ford GT won the GTE class at Le Mans. Ford's decision to put a V6 engine into the new GT was controversial. They claim that the V8 would occupy too much space and harm GT's aerodynamics and downforce. So, under the hood is an all-aluminum 3,497 cc V6 that develops 647 bhp at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft at 5,900 rpm. All that power is transmitted to rear wheels via a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox. The new Ford GT is truly the next step in supercar revolution.
22 BAC Mono
The BAC Mono is made by Briggs Automotive Company from Cheshire. Its styling is inspired by the F-22 Raptor jet fighter. The Mono's looks, single seat, and removable steering wheel give off F1 impressions. The Mono is powered by Mountune's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 285 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. A similar engine is also used in Caterham. In addition, this engine is mounted longitudinally so it can maintain the centralized balance of the car. Its transmission is taken from Formula 3. It's a Hewland's six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle-operated hydraulic shifts.
The Mono is incredibly light with fantastic aerodynamics. It's no wonder it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
The price of almost 200,000$ is a bit too much for a one-seat special vehicle, though. Still, it's hard to find a better toy and vehicle closer to F1.
21 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The 12 Berlinetta is Ferrari’s replacement for the 599 GTB. Everything on the Berlinetta is made to ensure it's a better car than the 599 GTB. The F12 Berlinetta is quicker and more enjoyable at low speeds. The Berlinetta is, at the same time, a GT and a supercar—a mix of civility, comfort, and F1-inspired performances. Under the hood is a massive V12 engine, like the one in the Ferrari FF. Of course, it was re-engineered to give more power. So, this V12 produces 730 bhp at 8,250 rpm (it can go up to 8,700 rpm) and 509lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. All that power is transmitted through the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Berlinetta can speed up from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 8.5 seconds, and its top speed is 211 mph.
20 Ferrari LaFerrari
At the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show, Ferrari’s president revealed that this car is called simply ''LaFerrari'' because this car represents everything a Ferrari stands for— premium performance, styling, technological innovation, and typical Ferrari driving pleasure. Ferrari made this limited-series car by using technological solutions from their Scuderia F1 Team. Most important is a hybrid technology known as HY-KERS. Because of it, LaFerrari emits very low CO2 numbers and still has an incredible row power. Emission is only 330 g/km of CO2, without even using electric power. Thanks to KERS and ICE technology, the 6,262 cc V12 engine is producing 950 bhp with a maximum of 9,250 rpm. This is a record for this kind of engine. LaFerrari is the best car Ferrari offered us so far and is a great candidate to beat Formula 1.
19 McLaren P1
McLaren P1 first stunned the world with its design, then with amazing performance. At the beginning of the last year, McLaren P1 LM set an insane lap of 6:43.2 at legendary Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit. This is the fastest lap ever recorded by a production car on Green Hell.
McLaren P1's heart is a 3.8-liter V8 Biturbo engine, producing 727 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, with an electric motor adding an extra 176 bhp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
This power is controlled through a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox. Driving and handling are brilliant. But you don't have to aggressively push the gas pedal all the time. You can relax with EV mode that allows only the electric engine to run. In 2015, McLaren introduced the track-focused version called the "P1 GTR." The McLaren P1 is a brilliant use of Formula 1 technology.
18 Pagani Huayra BC
Every petrolhead knows about Horacio Pagani and his mission to create an ultimate car. The new version of Huayra presents the continuation of that dream. Its styling is similar to its predecessors, including a superb color palette, spoilers, flaps, carbon fiber parts—simply fantastic. Sadly, its engine mirrors are small and don't allow you to see much. The interior is stylish—the carbon fiber and the red accent combination is fantastic. Of course, this is the most technologically advanced Pagani ever, with hybrid propulsion (electric and combustion engine combination) and a completely new seven-speed AMT transmission system.
The engine is a V12 Bi-Turbo exclusively developed by Mercedes AMG.
It unleashes more than 750 horses and max torques of 1,000/4,000 Nm/rpm. If any car can leave Formula 1 in the dust, it's a Pagani Huayra.
17 Lamborghini Centenario
The Centenario was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth. Lamborghini made 40 production cars: 20 coupes and 20 roadsters. The coupe costs about $2.2 million and the roadster, around 2.4 million. Lamborghini based Centenario on the Aventador model. The engine is 6.5-liter, 60° V-12 bumped up to 759 horsepower and 690 Nm (507 lb.-ft.) @ 5.500 rpm of torque. Centenario has an electrically controlled all-wheel-drive system and IRS seven-speed gearbox. Centenario's top speed is 217 mph / 350 kph. It can speed up from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, from 0 to 186 mph in 23.5 seconds. The exterior is completely made out of carbon fiber and painted with a special Argento Centenario matte-silver color. The only problem with the Centenario is with the roadster version—there's no roof or any alternative as a protection from weather or for security.
16 Bugatti Chiron
The Bugatti Chiron is the best supercar you can buy today. It presents a fantastic mix of luxury, high tech, and high performance. Chiron's only flaw is the price of $3 million. You can buy several supercars for that kind of money. Under the hood is an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine. It uses four turbochargers to make 1,500 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. People from Bugatti claim the 2018 version will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, to 124 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, and to 186 mph in less than 13.6 seconds. Chiron's top speed is limited to 261 mph. That means it could go faster, but Bugatti's boss, Wolfgang Dürheimer, won’t say by how much. The Bugatti Chiron's specifications are similar to those of Le Mans LMP1 prototypes.
15 Porsche Carrera GT
Carrera GT presents a big change for Porsche. We're talking about the company that made sports cars with the engine in the back. Instead of admitting the mistake, for half of the century, they were trying to make it work. So, creating a totally different supercar than the 911 was a huge surprise. Carrera GT is probably the best car Porsche ever made. Inside, it feels like a family sedan. But its exterior and its performance are supercar-worthy.
Under the hood is a 5.7-liter, V10 engine with 605 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque.
The Carrera GT can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 100 mph in 6.8 seconds, and 130 mph in 10.8 seconds. You can also enjoy an old-school six-speed manual gearbox. Fast and easy to control, Porsche Carrera GT presents a nice challenge to F1 racing cars.
14 Ariel Atom 500
I mentioned in the introduction that F1 racing cars are much lighter than road cars. This presents a big advantage for F1. Well, Atom is an open wheeler that weighs only around 1,350 lb or 600 kg.
Ariel Atom is a Lightweight Sports Car that started its life as a student project.
Today, Ariel Motor Company is well established in the market. The Atom 500 V8 is the most powerful version of an Ariel. Under the barely visible hood is a supercharged 2.4-liter, V8 engine designed by Russell Savory. This engine is capable of producing 500 horsepower at 10,000 rpm of torque. The Ariel Atom 500 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a fantastic 2.89 seconds. With superb performance and very small weight, Ariel Atom is a perfect rival for an F1 car. Since 2012, there's been an Ariel Atom racing championship in England.
13 Ferrari P4/5
It's hard to believe, but there was a Ferrari Enzo owner not satisfied with its design. James Glickenhaus wanted to own a custom-made Ferrari that resembles Ferrari's prototypes from the '60s. He revealed his dream on Ferrarichat.com, and Pininfarina’s design studio took the challenge. Pininfarina’s lead designer, Ken Okuyama, wanted something more futuristic. A compromise was the Ferrari P4/5. This car isn't just a re-bodied Enzo. Pininfarina made over 200 custom parts. They spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel to ensure it has great aerodynamics. Pininfarina's team also made a considerable weight reduction. Enzo's Type F140 Aluminum V12 engine produces 660 horsepower. The Ferrari P4/5 accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in around 3.0 seconds. With a weight of around 374 lb (270 kg) less than the Enzo, the Ferrari P4/5 is an amazing car, amazing enough to win the 24 Hours Nürburgring in 2012.
12 Rimac Concept One
Full of new technological solutions, the Rimac is one of the most powerful electric cars. Rimac Automobili is a small company from Croatia. The whole car is handcrafted, and because of that, only 8 cars are made per year. The Rimac Concept One is a two-door, all-wheel-drive sports car. Rimac's electrical engine is capable of producing an unbelievable 1,224 (800 kW) of horsepower and a staggering 1,181 lb-ft of torque.
This power enables Rimac to speed up from 0 to 60 mph in a fantastic 2.4 seconds, with the top speed of 220 mph.
This electrical engine can go up to 350 km without charging. The looks and the features of the Rimac are also superb. Its lines are very elegant, and the whole body is designed to provide great aerodynamics. Inside, you can expect only greatest and latest technology. The only drawback is lack of noise that doesn't make the Rimac a thrilling ride.
11 9ff GT9
There's a good chance you've never heard of this car, which is a shame. The 9ff is a tuning company from Germany owned by Jan Fathauer. The 9ff GT9 is a rebuilt and heavily modified Porsche 911 (997) GT3. Under the hood is a fantastic 4.2L twin-turbo flat six engine. This engine produces a staggering 1,381 of horsepower and 855 lb-ft of torque.
The 9ff GT9 will go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km) in just 3.1 seconds, and it'll reach 186.4 mph (300 kph) in just 13 seconds.
This is a Formula 1 type of performance in a sports car resembling a Porsche 911. To achieve the best performance possible, much of the interior is stripped. So, inside is a spartan or skeleton version of Porsche 911. There's also a proper racing roll cage inside.
10 Koenigsegg One:1
Koenigsegg One:1 is the last creation of Christian von Koenigsegg. It was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014. The One:1 model is based on the Agera platform. This model raised the performance bar of Koenigsegg cars even further. The name "One:1" comes from the fact that this car produces 1 megawatt of power. This makes the Koenigsegg One:1 the first production car in the world that has that ability. A redesigned turbocharger produces an amazing 1,360 of horsepower with a torque of 1370.7 nm / 1011 ft lbs. The Koenigsegg One:1 has an incredible 1:1 hp-to-kg curb weight ratio. The engine is a twin-turbo, Koenigsegg Biofuel V8. Power is controlled by a dual-clutch, 7-Speed AMT gearbox. The Koenigsegg One:1 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and it has a top speed of 439.26 kph / 273 mph. The Koenigsegg One:1 has a performance worthy of Formula 1.
9 Ferrari FXX Evolution
This is one of the rarest Ferraris in existence, as only three units were ever made. This is also probably the most powerful Ferrari ever made. The FXX Evolution was created for the Ferrari Client Test Driver program.
Under the hood is a 6.3-liter V12 engine that produces 860 horsepower at 9,500 rpm, with a displacement of 6,262 ccs.
This is 1,000 rpm more than the original. The top speed is now 249 mph. The FXX gearbox is also charged with new gear ratios and Cog swapping of 60 ms. There's also a new traction-control system with nine different adjustable settings. Aerodynamic efficiency is increased by 25% compared to the original. With those changes and engine tuning, this car is surely more powerful than the original FXX. Sadly, Ferrari didn't release any performance figures. Without any doubt, this is one of the fastest cars ever made.
8 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
The Saleen S7 is a hand-built, high-performance supercar. Originally created by Ray Mallock Ltd., it was the first American mid-engine car. Saleen S7 was a powerful car producing 550 hp at 6,400 rpm. Then, one of the Saleen's top clients brought his S7 back to the factory. He was having constant engine problems. Both parties agreed to try something new. As a result, Saleen's twin-engine was boosted above normal parameters. People from Saleen also added an FIA-spec wing and bumpers. Saleen also made some modifications to the suspension and the aerodynamics. As a result, the twin-turbo all-aluminum V8 engine now produces 1,000 horsepower. The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo can speed up from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.6 seconds. You could see this car in the movie '’Iron Man'' starring Robert Downey Jr.
7 Arash AF10 Hybrid Racer
Arash Cars is a small company from Sawston established in March 2006. They worked on the AF10 for three years. The newest Arash is offered in three variations: a regular AF10, an AF10 Hybrid, and the AF10 Hybrid Racer. The most powerful version of the AF10 is the Hybrid Racer. It has a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine with built-in charge cooling.
This mighty engine produces 900 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque.
In addition, there are four electric motors producing a total of 1,180 horsepower and 803 lb-ft of torque. So, the total engine power of the Arash AF10 Hybrid Racer is a staggering 2,080 horsepower and 1,681 pound-feet of torque and a maximum of 13,000 rpm. The Transmission is manual with a six-speed gearbox. There are no precise figures, but the Arash should accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
6 Lamborghini Veneno
Automobili Lamborghini celebrated their 50th anniversary with a limited and exclusive Veneno model. Only three units were made. The name "Veneno" originates from a legendary fighting bull. It was one of the strongest and fastest bulls ever. The Lamborghini Veneno is an all-wheel drive.
Under the hood is a V12 6.5-liter engine that produces 750 horsepower.
The transmission is controlled with a seven-speed ISR gearbox. Veneno accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a fantastic 2.8 seconds with a maximum speed of 355 kph. Veneno's chassis is CFRP monocoque, and it's full of carbon-fiber materials. Even on the inside, you can find many Forged Composite and Carbon Skin parts. With a Batmobile design and a fantastic performance, this is Lamborghini's best shot at F1.
5 Nissan GT-R Switzer R1K-X Red Katana
The Nissan GT-R is already a fantastic road car, and its racing version is very successful. Switzer is another tuning company that loves to work with famous car brands. The result of their cooperation is a fully customized Nissan GT-R. Switzer made a good number of modifications on its exterior and interior with carbon fiber, and Alcantara provided primary materials. Of course, the Red Katana’s performance capabilities are what really matters. Nissan's 3.8-liter V6 Engine is boosted so that it provides 1,500 horsepower and 784 bhp per ton. The Red Katana is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a fantastic 2.5 seconds. Also, it passes a quarter of a mile distance in just 8.97 seconds. The Nissan GT-R Switzer's top speed is 400 kph / 248 mph. Switzer is preparing the Performance Nissan R1K-X GTR for this year.
4 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
This mega-power drag-race special from Dodge presents the ultimate muscle car. To create the Demon, people from Dodge added 75 new parts, and its weight is seriously reduced. The engine is still a supercharged V8 but using 91 octane petrol, it can now produce 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque.
The Dodge Demon is officially the fastest-accelerating production vehicle in the world.
Its standard time from 0 to 60 mph is 2.3 seconds, and with a roll-out, this falls to 2.1 seconds. It's also fastest production vehicle in the quarter mile (140 mph) segment as well, with the time of 9.65 seconds. This isn't the end of its records; with Demon you'll experience a push of 1.8 G-force during the acceleration. Besides, this is the first car ever to fully lift its front wheels while accelerating. This Dodge is truly one demonic ride.
3 Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon
The Agera RS Gryphon is another special edition supercar on the list. Koenigsegg introduced the Agera model back in 2010. Since then, Koenigsegg has made many Agera models like the Agera R, the Agera S, and the Agera X. The Agera RS is the ultimate version. When it comes to pure specifications, the One:1 model is the most powerful Koenigsegg. But the Agera RS Gryphon is tailor-made for the racing track, with its improved aerodynamics and weight reduction. Koenigsegg offers a 1MW engine from One:1 as an option.
So, Gryphon has a twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 1,360 horsepower with 1,011 pound-feet of torque.
The Agera RS Gryphon speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in around 2.5 seconds. The transmission is handled by a 7-speed paddle-shift gearbox with an auto-shift mode. There's no official data, but its top speed should be around 250 mph.
2 HTT Locus Plethore LC-1300
We have our first Canadian supercar on our list. The Locus Plethore is produced by HTT Automobile company from Quebec. The engine was based on a supercharged V8 from the Corvette ZR1. There's the optional high-performance homemade engine as well. The stock one is a 6.2-liter V8 with 750 horsepower (560 kW) and 655 lb·ft (888 N·m) of torque. The homemade engine can produce 1,100 horsepower (820 kW). The Locus Plethore's body is made completely of carbon fiber. The HTT weighs approximately 1,089 kg (2,401 lb). Such a light and powerful car has an excellent power-to-weight ratio—so good, in fact, that it can rival an F1 race car. Initially, HTT made only two prototypes with a plan of making 5 or 6 Plethore cars per year. Sadly, there hasn't been any activity from HTT in recent years.
1 Tesla Roadster
The Tesla Roadster started the electric car revolution in 2008. It's only natural if the Tesla Roadster becomes a benchmark for electric cars performance again. We'll have to wait for 2019 to buy one, though. Last year, Elon Musk announced technical specifications. Musk introduced his new sports car by saying it would be “the fastest production car ever made, period.” Apparently, the Tesla Roadster can go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and also pass the quarter-of-a-mile distance in 8.9 seconds.
“This is the first time that any production car has broken nine seconds in a quarter mile,” Musk said.
The top speed for the performance version will be more than 250 mph. The car's battery will be able to run for 620 miles without charging—almost double the range of the current Model S and the Model X.