The Fastest Cars On The Planet

If you have ever hung out in a pub or a bar (or anywhere with a group of car enthusiasts, to be honest), you may have witnessed a raging debate over which car classifies as the fastest car in the world. While there are a range of factors that contribute to the making of the “best” car, very often it boils down to which car will get you moving at the highest speed.  For a long time, the Bugatti Veyron occupied the top position on the list before being replaced by the SSC Ultimate Aero. Over time, however, the two beasts have had to move over to make space for cars that have, surprisingly, left them somewhat in the dust.  Here are the current top five fastest cars on the planet.

Koenigsegg Agera R

Very few people, except professional automobile specialists or avid enthusiasts, have heard of this car or Koenigsegg in general. However, with a 5-Liter Turbocharged V8 DOHC engine with a compression ratio of 9.0:1 and a top speed of a staggering 273mph, this super car has quite literally knocked its competitors down on their faces. On top of that, with 1200 pound-feet of torque and 1140 horsepower, it can do 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds, and reach 186mph from naught with a record-breaking 11.7 seconds. Given all these features, it has been crowned, and quite rightly so, the fastest car in the world these days.

Hennessey Venom GT

Before the Koenigsegg Agera R, the Hennessey Venom GT ruled at the number one fastest car on the planet. It falls only 3mph behind the Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of 270mph. The Hennesey Venom GT comes with a 7.0 liter twin-turbocharged engine, an astounding horsepower of 1244, and an 1155 pound-feet torque. It can go 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-299mph in 14.51 seconds.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is something of a legend in the world of supercars. It is well renowned as the first car ever to go over a top speed of 250mph. With a top speed of 268mph, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport hosts an 8.0 liter quad-turbo W16 engine which generates a torque of 1160 pound-feet torque and 1200 horsepower. It can reach 60mph from 0 in 2.4 seconds.

9ff GT9-R

Similar to the Koenigsegg Agera R, 9ff GT9-R is not a household name. In fact, most people who come across it may mistake it to be a car manufactured by Porsche. Even though the 9ff GT9-R bears a striking resemblance to the Porsche 911, and it is loosely based on the latter car, GT9-R can hold its own on the roads. It sports a 4.0 liter flat 6 engine with a horsepower of 1120 and a torque of 910 pound-feet. It has a top speed of 257mph and can reach 0-60mph in a mere 2.9 seconds.

SSC Ultimate Aero

The SSC Ultimate Aero was a highly regarded and immensely talked about car when it was first debuted. With a 6.3 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the SSC Ultimate arrow can reach an awe-inspiring speed of 200mph in less than 16 seconds! With a top speed of 256mph, it comes with an 1112 pound-feet torque and a horsepower of 1287.

With the progress of technology, and the advent of new ones, there is no doubt that these cars, too, will be replaced by ones that are capable of running at even more unbelievable speeds. However, at this point in time, these are the beasts that are ruling the charts and the markets with a few other strong contenders.

The five most anticipated cars of 2017

The five most anticipated cars of 2017 are composed of familiar names: Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Fiat, Jaguar…

Surprisingly, 2017 is the year of SUVs. Short for sport/suburban utility vehicles, these are four wheelers popular for their higher driving position, cargo-carrying facilities and capacity to transport more passengers. You’ll see for yourself how SUVs are dominating the market as you read along.
Let’s dive in.

Alfa Romeo Stevio: This is Alfa Romeo’s first SUV. The name is inspired by the Stelvio Pass, the highest mountain road in Italy, and has a distinctive design. Two engines are in the offering. The Stelvio Quadrifogli offers 550 horsepower and can compete with Mercedes, BMW and Porsche offerings while the Stevio offers 280 horsepower. Italian craftsmanship ensures an interior with generous legroom and luxurious finish. This will be a welcome addition to the SUV family. The starting price is £35k.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • The Chevrolet Bolt: This is a hybrid electric car from an automobile division of the American General Motors. The list price is $33, 220, the battery range up to 53 electric miles and the total range up to 220 miles. An impressive 1000 miles are expected between fill-ups with regular charging. It comes in 8 colors: “Heather Gray Metallic”, “Silver Ice Metallic”, “Summit White”, “Mosaic Black Metallic”, “Pepperdust Metallic”, “Citron Green Metallic”, ”Kinetic Blue Metallic” with an extra charge of 395 and “Iridescent Pearl Tricoat” with an extra charge of 995. Two different wheels are offered. The interior can be of cloth or leather. There are three options for each. Chevrolet is the first company to offer built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi† to cars, trucks and crossover SUVs. When their cars are running or is in accessory mode, drivers have a more powerful connection than a smartphone or mobile hotspot.
  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso T: The third spot on the list is another four seater by an Italian company. However, the similarities end there. Ferrari produces supercars, which are much more expensive. The Ferrari GTC4Lusso T is the lighter, less expensive successor of 2016’s Ferrari GTC4Lusso. It has a v8 twin turbo with 602 hp, which makes it a rear wheel only drive. The price for such exclusivity is £240,340. It is meant to be spacious. It’ll be one of the sexiest sedans out there, that’s for sure! It can be configured down to the last detail, too.
  • FCA BraunAbility Pacifica: This SUV makes the cut because Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has outdone itself by creating the most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry with the patent-pending Access Ability technology. The starting price is $57,000. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently considering a merger with General Motors, the second automobile manufacturer on this discerning list.
  • The last car on the list is not even a slinky SUV, it is a luxury sports car. With price starting from $61, 400, it has a 340 horsepower V6 engine, LED headlamps and allows drivers to record up to 10 minutes of footage of themselves driving. The F-type has 22 versions, from coupes to convertibles. Some of these models come with V8 engines and customisability like Ferrari GTC4Lsusso T.

These are the five most awaited cars of 2017. They’ve been deemed the best after being judged in terms of affordability, performance, everyday usability, innovation and pizzazz. Count down the days until you can call one of these beauties your own!

Eco-friendly Cars

The future of Earth is not so good-given the mass pollutions on which it is drowning. Smokey ashes shroud the atmosphere that chokes the planet which provides the very essence of life. However, not all men are cold to ignore this truth-and this is where the automotive industries come in. It is not a new thing to share that combustion engine is like the Satan of the hell called pollution.  They produce carbon di oxide as a byproduct which a greenhouse gas. Yes! They contribute massively to global warming-which is the melting of polar ice caps and doom of mankind.

Over the years, the primary aim of automotive manufacturers to reduce pollution was to make sure that their cars produced the minimum amount CO2. They, indeed, have prospered immensely in doing so. One of the greatest break-through was the catalytic converter. It is basically device placed on the region from where the exhaust fumes come out. What the catalytic converter does is that it converts the harmful carbon di oxide gas in to harmless gases which does little or no harm to the environment. However, this does have problems! In order for this to work the converter must be warm which means the function will only work if the car travels long distances. So, for short journey this is no solution! With the passing of time- automotive researchers searched for the solution. The solution that would put automobiles out of the maps of environmentalists- and they would no longer be seen as a primary culprit.

As I imagined one of the automotive workers might have blurted out: ‘Perhaps, we should remove the combustion engine”. Hence was the arrival of electric cars-cars which ran on electricity.

Now, in the primary stages electric cars were not as prosperous as one might have guessed. At first a very valid argument was raised that electricity itself are produced by burning coal and producing greenhouse gases-so what’s the point. The key here was efficiency-electric cars are very efficient making full use of the energy provided and thus relatively they are responsible for less pollutions. However, to this day electric cars are banned in many third world countries, for example: Bangladesh.

Today, there are many eco-friendly cars in the market, most of which are concept and not yet developed as manufacturing products. Take for example the solar powered car, or the car that runs on hydroelectricity. The ideas behind these are marvelous. However, car enthusiasts still feel that electric cars or car powered by any efficient sources can never replace fuel powered cars. The sheer power, the roaring of the engines etc can never be replaced!  This is currently the goal of automotive manufacturers: to make an eco-friendly car that would give the equivalent satisfaction as given by a fuel powered car. Although, eco-friendly car technology has succeeded greatly over the number of years- it don’t change the fact that automotive industry is still one of the top polluters. Hopefully, the future will be an optimistic one and no car would ever harm the environment.

BMW R1200GS ‘Exclusive’ and ‘Rallye’ Launch

The ultimate driving machine. The beast. That’s what they call BMW, the most posh of all posh brand of cars. The BMW GS series is considered a living legend with it molding the segment of travels for 32. They set engineering standards to the highest level and have proven to be trustworthy companions on every riding adventure. So the world was eagerly waiting for the BMW Motorrad to write a new chapter in its story of success by taking the R1200GS into a new era.

While the GS was on the workbench, BMW made some small feature changes by updating the clocks, making useful revisions to the drivetrain. This included an anti-judder damper on the transmission and output drive, modifications to the transmission shaft and selector drum. The change in feature result presents technical revolutions in the world of classy automotive. In fact, the core of the new R1200GS is the powertrain concept with liquid cooling and vertical flows through its cylinder heads. The extremely stable suspension is uncompromising when it comes to transferring the maximum performance to the road or even the roughest of terrains. And thanks to the science of flexible ergonomics, the rider can experience every new adventure with ease, thereby upholding its tagline of the ultimate driving machine.

After testing the improved super-smooth Euro4 compliant, it was found out that the GS was a tangible step forwards in refinement against the previous model. What was new for this year was the addition of an optional self-levelling suspension. This was the next step in ESA for BMW, which means that the suspension automatically adjusts for luggage, pillion or both by delivering the optimum pre-loading settings.

Physically there are minor changes in addition to the changes compared to the early 2016 mentioned above. The first test starts off with the new Exclusive GS, recognizable most easily by its trademark ‘Iced Chocolate Metallic’ paintjob. The fuel tank side trim panels are finished with a ‘Monolith Metallic Matt’ that feature bold R1200GS markers on each side. The frame is then powder-coated in Agate Grey metallic matt, all the while the drivetrain being finished in black, with gold-colored calipers for the brake.

If this new Exclusive doesn’t get anyone’s taste buds going, luckily, we still have the Rallye with us. The Rallye is a like more off-road biased, half a house away between your standard GS and the GS Adventure. The Rallye got some nice little touches under its hood, too with the HP-style blue frame, radiator, shorter seat, sports windshield and frame guards, and wider enduro footrests. Suspension upgrades can also be available for you if you want to really go off onto the road. The Rallye basically comes as dual-purpose rubber by standard, but you can adjust knobblies at the point of ordering, and BMW have a fitting off-road rubber for the spiked wheels, so full advantage can be taken of the Rallye’s off-road skills.

The new R1200GS promises to deliver that matches BMW’s standard in robustness, reliability, and performance.