5 of the Fastest Cars in the World in 2014

Cars have always been a man's (or in my case a woman's) best friend, with every major car company around the world competing to make their car the most sought after masterpiece of modern engineering. But which car is the fastest, the strongest or the most advanced?

There are many ways in which we can attempt to answer that question. We can measure the top speed of a car in real world testing, for example, by driving a car and measuring its speed from point A to point B whilst remembering consider other external parameters like the road or the weather. There is a theoretical top speed of a car to consider, which is primarily based on an individual car's specifications. There is also another important piece of criteria we can use to decide which car is the fastest, and that is the acceleration. What about electric cars? They are notoriously unfast... or are they?

These cars are just some of the fastest cars in the world at the moment, although that's all likely to change soon, so don't blink...or you'll miss them!

#1 The Hennessey Venom GT – The Fastest Production Car in the World

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The Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49mph at the Kennedy Space Center on February 14th, thus becoming the fastest production car in the world by beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's previous record of 269.86 mph.

#2 The Ariel Atom V8 – The Fastest Acceleration Car in the World

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The V8 atom will go from zero to 60mph in 2.3 seconds, making this the fastest accelerating production car on the planet! The Ariel Atom is unusual in that it is exoskeletal, meaning the chassis is prominently visible from the outside, and therefore lacks a roof, windows and other features normally found on road cars.

#3 PlasmaBoy Racing's "White Zombie" – The Fastest Modified Car in the World

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It’s a one-of-a-kind build, and its outdated appearance is more than a little deceiving. The White Zombie is a heavily modified 1972 Datsun. Running on a sponsorship at a cost equivalent to more than £60,000 and using batteries that were designed for helicopters, this car can reach 60mph in just 1.8 seconds. WTF?

#4 The Ultima GTR / Maxximus G-Force – The Fastest Kit Car in the World

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The Ultima GTR (AKA Maxximus G-Force) has been independently timed around the Top Gear test track and was found to be a blistering 6.2 seconds per lap faster than the £450,000 Ferrari Enzo and 4.0 seconds per lap faster than the £1.5million Bugatti Veyron SS, staggering the onlookers witnessing the remarkable feat!

#5 The Nissan Zeod - The Fastest Electric Racing Car in the World

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The Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car) is a racing car with a fully electric drivetrain capable of sending the car to speeds of over 186 mph. At the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ZEOD RC's first race, it managed to achieve its goals of reaching a speed above 300 km/h and completing a lap in Le Mans using electric power only. Nissan admit that the current battery technology isn't yet up to a 24-hour race either.

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