Special Report

Fastest Cars on Earth

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10. McLaren F1
> Top speed: 240 mph

In 1998, the McLaren F1 became the world’s fastest road-legal sports car. The British supercar has since dropped in the ranks but it still maintains a reputation for immense power and style. Famous McLaren F1 owners or former owners include Tesla Inc. co-founder Elon Musk, fashion icon Ralph Lauren and the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah.

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9. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
> Top speed: 248 mph

Racer-turned-businessman Steve Saleen followed up his Saleen S7, which debuted in 2000, with a more powerful twin turbo version in 2007. The top speed of the S7 TT rockets past the top speeds of Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s fastest road-legal sports cars. The slower S7 (top speed 220 mph) was featured in the 2003 film “Bruce Almighty” starring Jim Carrey.

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8. Koenigsegg CCXR
> Top speed: 249 mph

The CCXR is the slower of the two Koenigsegg supercars on this list, and faster than the CCX version with its superior engine and aerodynamic tweaks. The CCX is no pushover, with a recorded top speed of 241 mph, but it seems a little unfair to include both versions on this list.

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7. Aston Martin Valkyrie
> Top speed: 250 mph

Aston Martin’s road-legal supercar is its fastest and most aerodynamic, designed to maximize stick-to-the-road downforce. The car was developed with the help of Adrian Newey, the renowned Formula One engineer.

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6. SSC Ultimate Aero TT
> Top speed: 256 mph

From 2007 to 2010, Shelby Supercars wore the top-speed crown with its SSC Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo after beating out the Bugatti Veyron’s top speed of 253 mph. The SSC Ultimate Aero TT based its customized engine on a on a Corvette 5.7 liter V8, producing over 1,000 lb-ft of torque and over 1,100 horsepower.

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