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World’s Most Powerful Cars

As with many things in life, we like to celebrate the superlatives – fastest animal, deepest ocean trench, brightest star in the sky, smallest playable violin, and the list goes on. Indeed, Guinness Book celebrates with volumes of such information! It’s no surprise that cars are celebrated in the same way – fastest, heaviest, quickest, most economical, most powerful, most expensive, etc.

Just recently, in fact, Bentley revealed what it says is its “fastest and most powerful” car, the Bentley Continental Supersports. Powered by Bentley’s most powerful – there’s that word, again – engine, the car can accelerate from zero to sixty mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 209 mph. The engine 6.0 liters in a W12 configuration, featuring dual turbocharging, for a total output of 700 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque.

Still, in automobile superlatives, the Bentley Continental Supersports might be Bentley’s most powerful, but there are dozens of contenders in the automotive world and at least a couple ways to rank their power. There’s the most powerful naturally-aspirated engines, turbocharged engines, supercharged engines, and hybrid electric powertrains. Also, there are plenty of powerful cars that you’ll never see on a road, but are “cars” nonetheless.

Most Powerful Production Car

The Koenigsegg Regera is a new supercar that pushes the limits even for the brand known for making supercars. A luxury supercar, the Regera certainly looks and feels the part, but it’s what’s under the hood that’s drawn our attention today. The world’s first 800-V plug-in hybrid electric powertrain combines a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and three YASA axial flux electric motors.

The engine features fast-spooling turbochargers for quicker power delivery and up to 1,100 hp output, which is combined with an additional 700 hp max from the electric motors. With over 1,500 hp and over 2,000 lb-ft of torque at its disposal the Koenigsegg Regera can accelerate from zero to sixty mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, though final performance specifications are still to be determined.

Best Power-to-Weight Ratio Non-Production Road Car

The Hennessey Venom GT2 Coupe is most powerful car in the world, by power-to-weight ratio. Based on the already-noteworthy Lotus Exige, Hennessey Performance Engineering heavily modified the chassis, suspension, and powertrain.

The 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged GM LSX engine generates 1,451 hp, which is transmitted to the rear wheels via a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission. The Venom GT2’s curb weight is just 1,244 kg, giving the car a power-to-weight ratio of 1.17:1. The Venom GT2 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Just for comparison, the Tesla Model S P100D benefits from 680 hp of power and weighs 2,219 kg. Though it has a power-to-weight ratio of just 0.31 hp/kg, it still manages to launch to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds.

Most Powerful Car (any type)

We saved this for last, because it’s completely ridiculous and maybe even doesn’t qualify as a “car,” though it has four wheels. The ThrustSSC was built specifically to make and break land speed records, and its 1997 world record still stands.

Powered by twin Rolls-Royce Spey turbofans, the same as used in the British Royal Air Force F-4 Phantom II fighter jet, the ThrustSSC weighs in at 10,700 kg. With 110,000 hp at its disposal, the “car” broke the sound barrier, travelling at 1,227.985 mph.

Want to go even faster? More power to you!

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