There are countless positive aspects of racing. Not the least of which being the multitude of options for just about anybody's preferences. For example, you have drifting, stock car racing, circuit racing, and even drag racing.
Although it may not sound like a lot, the act of driving a car straight for a 1/4-mile at full blast can be dangerous for both the driver and the vehicle, as most tend to blow up. When they don't explode, though, drag racing can be a place filled with the fastest cars in the world. To show just how fast they can be, here are ten of the fastest drag racing cars ever made (Production and professional)...
10 2019 Tesla Model S
When thinking of the fastest drag cars, thoughts of Top Fuel-class cars and absolute missiles flying down the tarmac. However, not every great drag car is easily noticed, like the newest Tesla Model S for instance.
Tesla, as a company, pride themselves on creating affordable, ecologically friendly, and luxurious cars. What's truly impressive, though, is how they manage to do all of that and still make it fast. The Model S' all-electric setup helps provide instant torque off the line and a 0-60 speed of less than three seconds. Without the factory limiter, it could also go much faster than 155 M.P.H.
9 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
In the mid-2000's the automotive community would change forever with Bugatti's revival. In their upcoming success, Bugatti created the Veyron 16.4: One of Top Gear's favorite cars and world record holder for fastest production car for several years.
With a top speed of more than 267 miles-per-hour, a 0 to 60 of just 2.5 seconds, and a price tag of over a million dollars, the Bugatti quickly came the symbol for both opulence and engineering prowess. To this day, Bugatti has the Veyron to thank for their continued success and dominant market share.
8 Twin-Turbocharged Lamborghini Huracan
Out of the factory, Lamborghini's are already incredibly quick, with few able to compete at their level. However, one customer thought that this wouldn't do; adding a twin-turbo setup to their Lamborghini Huracan to really push its boundaries.
During the Underground Racing meet at Pikes Peak, this Huracan showed up to destroy the competition. In the end, it did exactly that, raking up more than 258 M.P.H. and becoming one of the fastest V10 Lamborghini's in the world.
7 Dodge Challenger Demon
Back in 2015, Dodge decided to make a monster of a car: The Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It was an impressively fast take on the standard Challenger, garnering many fans. With all of this support, Dodge would take it one step further with the Hellcat's successor.
The new kid in town would be called the Challenger Demon, and it is no slouch. As the name would suggest, the Demon is an actual monster with more than 800 horsepower. As of now, the Challenger Hellcat is one of the fastest production cars in a 1/4-mile (Even though the NHRA disqualified it).
That's all very cool to think about, especially when you realize it has more power than a Lamborghini at a fraction of the price.
6 Rimac Concept 1
Like with the Tesla Model S, electric power has proven to be a great conductor for competitive 1/4-mile times and acceleration (Due to electric's instant torque delivery). With this new technology, many manufacturers have adopted this, as well as been born as a result of it. This includes the fledgling Rimac.
Currently, Rimac has a new car in the works, the C_Two, but since no official figures have been released/tested it can't be included here. However, their first car, the Concept 1, is a great indicator of their future achievements. For those who watch The Grand Tour, you're already aware of the Rimac's dominance in a straight line; being capable of besting both a Lamborghni Aventador S and a Honda NSX. Hopefully, their newest car will impress even more.
5 Larry "Spiderman" McBride's AMA Drag Bike
Although it's not technically a "car," this motorcycle deserves to be mentioned when discussing fast vehicles. In fact, McBride's drag bike still holds the title for one of the world's fastest motorcycles ever.
In 2010, McBride managed to get the Spiderman-themed motorcycle up to 245+ miles-an-hour in a 1/4-mile. Still, the Spiderman AMA bike is hailed as one of the best vehicles to race in the drag-series. Of course, it's always a bonus when you have a superhero on the side of your racing toy.
4 Alpha Logic Performance's Nissan GT-R
As more and more enthusiast used the affordable (In comparison) Nissan GT-R to beat cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and more on highways across the world, more and more drag racing professionals saw the GT-R's potential for the track. As such, a company called Alpha Logic Performance was up to the task.
Based in Dubai, Alpha Logic Performance, still, holds the title for worlds fastest GT-R, although, not easily. To get their Nissan up to 232 M.P.H. and a 6.5+ quarter-mile time, it needed over 3,400 horsepower and a driver with lots of courage. With all of that, though, the GT-R was a shoo-in for the record.
3 EKanoo Racing Outlaw Supra
Similar to Alpha Logic Performance, EKanoo Racing is an independent company interested in making absurdly fast drag-racers. They've built many drag-specific vehicles, but one of their coolest is their Outlaw Toyota Supra.
It appears as though, at first glance, the Supra is a better platform for drag racing than the GTR, considering it's higher speed of 240+ M.P.H. and quarter-mile time of a less than six seconds. What's even better, though, is the fact that the Supra managed to do it all with the same base engine as the stock car: A 2JZ-GTE.
2 Robert Hight's NHRA 'Funny Car'
In the N.H.R.A. (National Hot Rod Association), there are several interesting classes of racing. Their vehicles are fast to a mind-altering degree and even have some comical names to accompany them, especially the "Funny Car" series.
Don't let the name fool you, though. These Funny Cars may look strange, but are arguably the fastest car-looking vehicles on the planet. The fastest, however, belongs to Robert Hight and his Funny Car which achieved a top speed of 339 miles-per-hour. Even trying to think of going that quick can make your head spin, just imagine being in that seat (If only for a few seconds).
1 Army Top Fuel Dragster
Each motor sports category has its respective giants, those who are the king of their sporting domain. For circuit racing, it's Formula One. For drifting, it's Formula Drift, and IndyCar for oval tracks. Drag racing has their own version of this too with their fastest class, the Top Fuel series.
Top Fuel dragsters are the quintessential drag racing cars. They meet every category: Pencil-thin body, huge rear-tires, engines as big as a sedan, tiny front-tires, and top speed record after top speed record. Of these cars, the quickest belongs to the Army branded car of Tony Schumacher (No relation to Michael), clocking in an ending result of 336.5 M.P.H. and 3.6 second quarter.