The world’s fastest accelerating cars – from an electric saloon to a £2million beast


THEY are the speed demons that petrol-heads love to watch, but only a few lucky drivers get to handle.

From an electric saloon to a £2million monster, these are the world’s fastest accelerating cars.

 Some of the world's fastest cars can get up to 60mph in 2.3 seconds
Some of the world’s fastest cars can get up to 60mph in 2.3 seconds

Car manufacturers across the globe spend significant time, money and effort in a bid to have one of their models crowned the world’s fastest.

In recent years, new speed records have been set by some unlikely brands.

So take a look through this list to find which cars are the quickest off the mark from 0 to 60mph.

Ariel Atom 500 v8 – 2.3 seconds (0-62mph)

 The Ariel Atom 500 V8 holds the record for the fastest car from 0 to 60mph
The Ariel Atom 500 V8 holds the record for the fastest car from 0 to 60mph

It might look basic, but the Ariel Atom certainly packs a punch.

The lightweight motor has a V8 engine in the rear of its frame, which allows it to go from 0-60mph in just 2.3 seconds.

Even The Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson had some kind words about this speed machine, built by a small team in Somerset.

He said: “I have never, ever driven anything that accelerates so fast.”

2015 Ultima Evolution Coupe – 2.3 seconds

 The Ultima has a 6.8-litre supercharged V8
The Ultima has a 6.8-litre supercharged V8

Sharing the title with the Atom is another speed demon made in the UK.

The Ultima Evolution has a 6.8-litre supercharged V8 engine which pushes its 950kg body to extreme speeds.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 2.3 seconds

 The Challenger SRT Demon goes from 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds
The Challenger SRT Demon goes from 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon takes home the crown as the fastest production vehicle to hit 60mph, completing it in 2.3 seconds.

It’s so fast that the front tyres can lift of the ground when accelerating quickly.

2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 2.5 seconds (o-62mph)

 The Veyron has a top speed of 268mph
The Veyron has a top speed of 268mph

The Bugatti Veyron has long been regarded as one of the fastest cars on the planet.

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The 2010 Super Sport model made headlines when it first hit the market, thanks to a top speed of 268mph and completing 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds.

2016 Tesla Model S P100D (with Ludicrous mode) – 2.5 seconds

 The 2016 Tesla Model S can hit 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds
The 2016 Tesla Model S can hit 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds

The 2016 Tesla Model S P100 D has brute power which allows it to hit 0 to 60mph in just 2.5 seconds.

With just a touch of the in-car touchscreen, drivers can engage Ludicrous mode which injects extra acceleration while driving.

Rimac Concept One – 2.5 seconds (0-62mph)

 The Concept One is capable of hitting a top speed of 208mph
The Concept One is capable of hitting a top speed of 208mph

The all-electric Concept One is capable of hitting 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds thanks to its four motors aligned with each wheel.

But you better willing to fork out big money for the super car, as it has a price tag just under £1million.

2017 Bugatti Chiron – under 2.5 seconds (0-62mph)

 The Bugatti Chiron has a top speed of 261 mph
The Bugatti Chiron has a top speed of 261 mph

Worth more than £2million, the Bugatti Chiron stole the spotlight when it hit the market, posting an impressive time of 42 seconds when going from a standing start to 249mph.

But the super car specialists have not revealed it’s official time to hit 60mph, only saying it completed the feat in under 2.5 seconds.

2014 Ariel Atom 3.5R – 2.6 seconds

 The Ariel can hit 100mph in six seconds
The Ariel can hit 100mph in six seconds

Like the Atom 500 V8, the Ariel looks more like a go-kart than it does a super car.

But with a 2.0-litre iVTEC engine, the Ariel can hit 60mph in 2.6 seconds and 100mph in six seconds.

2011 Hennessey Venom GT – 2.7 seconds

 The 2011 Hennessey Venom GT can hit 60mph in 2.7 seconds
The 2011 Hennessey Venom GT can hit 60mph in 2.7 seconds

The team at Hennessey have long claimed the Venom GT is one of the world’s fastest production cars.

The Venom GT can hit 60mph in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 270mph.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder – under 2.8 seconds

 The Spyder can hit 60mph in under 2.8 seconds
The Spyder can hit 60mph in under 2.8 seconds

Rounding out the list is the 2016 Porsche 918 Spyder, which can hit 60mph in under 2.8 seconds.

The Spyder has plenty of speed with 4.6-litre V8 engine and two motors under the hood.





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