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As humans, we love fast cars. We have a fascination with speed. There’s something hard wired into our brain to react to adrenaline, and we all know how much adrenaline is dumped into out system when we go fast. Over the last 100 years, cars have come along way to say the least! Many believe the Bugatti Veyron to be the worlds fastest production car which is incorrect. It actually comes in 4th position so starting at 50th position and working our way down, here are the fastest cars in the world…

50. Porsche 911 Carrera 4S – 185mph

49. Audi R8 – 187mph

48. Dodge Viper SRT 10 – 190mph

47. Mosler MT900 – 190mph

46. Bentley Continental – 190mph

45. Corvette Z06 – 190mph

44. Aston Martin V12 Vantage – 190mph

43 Aston Martin DB9 – 190mph

42. Cadillac CTS-V – 191mph

41. Aston Martin DBS – 191mph

40. Porsche 911 Turbo – 193mph

39. Nissan Gt-R – 193mph

38. TVR Tuscan – 195mph

37. Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera – 196mph

36. Ferrari F430 – 196mph

35. Audi R8 V10 – 196mph

34. Alpina B5 S – 197mph

33. Ferrari 612 Scaglietti -199mph

32. Bentley Flying Spur Speed – 200mph

31. Bentley Continental GT – 200mph

30. Ascari KZ1 – 200mph

29. Ferrari F40 – 201mph

28. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 – 202mph

27. Ferrari 575m – 202mph

26. Ferrari F50 – 202mph

25. Porsche 911 GT2 – 204mph

24. Corvette ZR1 – 205mph

23. Ferrari 599GTB – 205mph

22. Maserati MC12 – 205mph

21. Ford GT – 205mph

20. Caparo T1 – 205mph

19. BMW M5 – 205mph

18. Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren – 207mph

17. Porsche Carrera GT – 209mph

16. Lamborghini Diablo GT – 211mph

15. Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 – 213mph

14. Pagani Zonda F – 215mph

13. Ferrari Enzo – 217mph

12. Gumpert Apollo – 224mph

11. Bristol Fighter T – 225mph

10. Jaguar XJ220 – 227mph

9. Ultima GT-R640 – 231mph

8. TVR Cebera Speed 12 – 240mph

7. Mclaren F1 – 240mph

6. Koenigsegg CCX – 241mph

5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo – 248mph

4. Bugatti Veyron – 253mph

3. Koenigsegg CCXR- 254mph

2. 9ff GT9 – 254mph

The Fastest Car In The World Is….

So we’ve gone through the top 49, and here is the fastest car in the world, the Shelby Super Cars (SSC) Ultimate Aero. The 1287 hp V8 powers this carbon fibre clad “Hyper-car” all the way to 257mph! It gets to 60 mph in 2.78 seconds, and will power it’s way down a 1/4 mile strip in 9.9 seconds. This is one FAST car!

1. Shelby Super Cars (SSC) Ultimate Aero – 257mph

Interesting to know that SSC are working on (and will be producing) the Ultimate Aero EV. This will be the first 200mph+ electric car powered by a single 500bhp electric motor. It’s worth mentioning that SSC are playing around with bolting 2 of their 500bhp motors together for a 100hp electric Hyper-car. Who says you can’t have an economical Hypercar?

Showcasing the all new 2010 Astra car with pictures and videos. The Astra 2010 is the sixth generation Astra and has been impressing journalists and back-seat critics alike. With an emphasis on design, the car boasts the most stylish features as well as the most practical. Vauxhall’s interior team have also developed storage solutions for the 20 most popular items that drivers keep in the side door pockets of their cars. Comfort is also a priority, the seats offer industry-leading levels of adjustment. The newest Astra is big on design but small on emissions with a smaller 1.4 litre engine than previous models producing 10% less CO2 emissions.


Videos of the Astra 2010

Pictures of Astra Torque 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Visit the Astra 2010 website for more information

Check out this cool custom green electric chopper, the first electric chopper in the world. Siemens announced that it has teamed up with renowned custom motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers to build the first custom electric motorcycle.

The “Siemens Smart Chopper,” which will be featured on the hit TV show American Chopper, was unveiled in an event at the Time Warner Center.
 
 

You’ve heard of cool camper vans but have you heard of a camper bike! Artist Kevin Cyr worked on the Camper Bike in 2008, though little is revealed about the technical specs, it looks like an overgrown tricycle with a camper shell that’s been sawed in half (maybe even thirds). A concept sketch below shows room for a couch, a bed and a desk/table with a TV. Cool!

 
Other Cool Camper Bikes
Here are some more cool camper bikes from around the world. If you come across any more camper bikes, comment below with a link and we will be sure to add it!
 
 

As sidecars go, this is cool! We bet that’s what Francois Knorreck said to himself when he started work on this unique motorcycle-car 10 years ago. He used a Laverda motorbike and put together the car using whatever parts he got his hands on.

The Snaefell is a completely hand crafted vehicle, the frame, the wiring harness and, of course, the amazing body, which itself used 63 molds for the parts made of polyester or carbon fiber. Some parts were sourced from Renault, Citroen, BMW, VW and Audi. The entire 10,000 hour project comes in around 15,000 Euros, which, at today’s rates, is about $21,000.

Power is from the original 1000cc Laverda triple which gets a matching triple exhaust out the back of the bodywork. The interior, complete with seatbelts, looks like a factory build. The door opens up Lamborghini style. Just stunning work.

 
 

When asked about cool cars and which is the coolest, the Bugatti Veyron will always be up there with the best of them. Here we showcase some amazing pictures (which make cool wallpapers) and video of this beast. The cool Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is the world’s fastest convertible. With a top speed of 407kmh (252mph) it tops the former record holder, Ferrari’s Scuderia Spider 16M, by 92kmh (57mph).

The powerful 1,001HP roadster boasts a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of just 2.5 seconds and, as you’d hope, comes fitted with ceramic brakes for cool, controlled stops from high speeds. These impressive speeds are achievable when the convertible’s polycarbonite roof is fitted, but is engineered with drag reduction in mind – fetching as much as 360kph/224mph with the roof off. If you don’t care for the hassle of a rigid roof, Bugatti have come up with a unique umbrella-like cover (video below) that will protect the interior from the rain and fold back down in a snap.

 
 
 
 
 

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport’s chassis and panels are made from both carbon fiber and aluminum, in a complex re-engineering of the coupe model to maintain crash protection with the roof-less structure. The tires for the car were made specially by Michelin to withstand the high temperatures generated at its high speeds. They will apparently cost  $17,000 or £12,000 to replace.

 
 

Only 150 examples of this €1.4 | $1.75 | £1.25 million supercar will be made, with around 40 to 50 going to registered Bugatti owners. Unlike with Shelby’s Ultimate Aero, Bugatti are sticking to their old-school roots and will not be releasing an electric version, despite the price tag.

Video of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport: World’s Fastest Convertible

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Specifications
Layout 
Mid-Engine, AWD
Transmission 
7 Speed DSG
Differential 
Front Axle Differential With Haldex Clutch; Rear Axle With Transverse , Fully Locking
Engine
Displacement 8.0 Liters
Engine Type
Quad-Turbocharged 16 Cylinder
Compression Ratio
9.00:1
Horsepower 
1001 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 
922 lb-ft. @ 2200 rpm
Exterior
Curb Weight = 4339 lbs.
Length = 175.7 in.
Height = 47.4 in.
Wheelbase = 106.7 in.
Width = 78.7 in.
Performance
Top Speed 252.9 mph
With Roof in Place, 223.7 mph
With Roof Open. 80.7 mph
With Bad Weather 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Less Than 2.7 sec
1/4 mile Approx. 10.5 sec
Coefficient of Drag 0.39
Verdict – Cool Car?

Very cool, possibly the coolest car in the world. Fastest convertible car in the world, cool looks, what more could you want! Downside is no cupholder, costly…not only buying the car but the repairs and god only knows what the car insurance would cost on this bad boy!

  • Body Style: Convertible, Sports Car
  • Engine Type: Gas
  • Manufacturer: Bugatti
  • Price: $2,100,000 (as tested)

Celebrating the cool Bugatti car at the 2009 Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza, Bugatti presented 4 “Centenary” models! to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. The four new cars are part of the Bugatti’s centenary celebrations paying tribute to four legendary Bugatti drivers who drove the Type 35 racing car prior to World War II. These include French driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, Italian driver Achille Varzi, English driver Malcolm Campbell and German driver Hermann Zu Leininger.


Here are the four Bugatti Centenary models:

 
 
 
 

The Bugatti brand is almost inextricably linked to the Type 35. The Type 35 Grand Prix was by far one of Bugatti’s most successful racing models and its unmistakable radiator grille and 8 spoke aluminum wheels have become one of the coolest features of Bugattis latest efforts, namely the Veyron.

Each of the four new Veyron Centenaire Editions get their own specially mixed color scheme, and these colors consist of blue, red, beige and green. Additionally, other exclusive aesthetic details include the grille, front wings, and doors being made of polished aluminum to give off a mirror effect. Inside, the headrests bear one of the signatures of the four legendary drivers, and there is also a special commemorative plate detailing the significance of the cars.

What happens when Russians design a cool super car? You get the successor to the first Russian super car, the B1. It’s the Marussia B2 and it’s got super cool looks to shame a Ferrari Enzo and supposedly a 420HP Cosworth mill.

 
 

More cool pictures of the Marussia B1 and B2 at Autoblog [Link]