Mankind has always been fascinated by speed. In fact at any given point in history, there is evidence that inventors have made attempts to achieve higher and higher velocities. This is why we decided to present to you some of the fastest land vehicles to be ever created.
An abbreviation from French Train à Grande Vitesse “High-Speed Train”, the TGV is an intercity rapid train which is managed by the French National Rail Company. It is recognised as the fastest wheeled train on the planet as it can reach speeds well above 500 kilometres per hour. In 2007, the TGV set a world speed record for travel on conventional rails by reaching a dazzling speed of 574.8 kilometres per hour between the stations of Champagne-Ardenne and Meuse. The train also holds the record for highest operational speeds in public train services as it maintains an average speed of 320 kilometres per hour due to security reasons.
TOP 1 Ack Attack
The Top 1 Ack Attack is a streamliner motorcycle which is powered by two Suzuki Hayabusa engines which boost over 1.000 hp. The vehicles is specially constructed to achieve immense land speed and is currently credited to be the fastest motorcycle on Earth as it has been recorded at a top velocity of 634.2 kilometres per hour. It was built from the ground up from Mike Akatiff and since its completion has been driven by four different riders:
· Jimmy Odom (2004-2005)
· John Noonan (2005)
· Sam Wheeler (2006)
· Rocky Robinson (2006 to present day)
It was Rocky Robinson who achieved the vehicles top speed in 2010.
Constructed by the Canadian G-Force Division, this snowmobile is known to be the fastest in the world. In 2013, it broke its own record by reaching a top speed of 340.38 kilometres per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flat. The team behind this mind blowing vehicle will make an attempt to break its current speed record in late 2016. So, the next time you go on a winter vacation you should rent a snowmobile and see how fast you can go, just make sure your main focus is on safety.
No this vehicle isn’t a race car from Formula 1 but a roller coaster ride in the United Arab Emirates. The Formula Rossa is recognised to be the faster roller coaster on the planet as it can reach a maximum speed of 240 kilometres per hour. The ride is part of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi which explains why its designers have built it with a emphasise on speed. Many travelers describe it as one of the most thrilling experiences in their lives.
This vehicle was specially designed to achieve the highest recorded land speed by a diesel engine. It is 9.1 metres long, 1.5 metres wide, less than one metre high and has a wheelbase of 5.9 metres. The vehicle has a curb weight of 2.7 tonnes and has two JCB444 rail injection diesel engines. It broke the world record in 2006 when it reached a maximum velocity of 564 kilometres per hour. The man behind this astonishing achievement is Wing Commander, Andy Green a former fighter pilot at the British Royal Air Force.
Renault Espace F1
Built by Matra in 1995, this Renault minivan isn’t anything like its counterparts as it is equipped with a Renault F1 V10 engine. The vehicle can accommodate four passengers and was created as a demonstration automobile. It can reach a top speed of 312 kilometres per hour and can get from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in less than 3 seconds. Quite fascinating given the fact that most people associate vans with vehicles which are used for high quality property removals in London.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Unlike the other automobile from our list, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is a production car which is being manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S a French high-performance luxury car maker which is a subsidiary of German automotive group Volkswagen AG. It can reach a maximum velocity of 431 kilometres per hour which is the highest recorded speed for a street-legal production automobile. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has a base price of £1.065.000.
Unlike the TGV, the Maglev train doesn’t run on traditional rails as it hovers over a magnetic rail. The train was developed by the Central Japan Railway Company and in 2010 the L0 Series of the maglev train set a new world record for a rail vehicle by reaching a top speed of 603 kilometres per hour. As of date, they are the fasted manned trains on Earth. However due to security reasons, the Maglev trains operate at speeds no greater than 430 kilometres per hour.
Sunswift IV (IVy)
The Sunswift IV may not be as fast as the other entries from our articles but it is the faster solar powered vehicle on the planet. Designed and built in Australia, IVy reached a top velocity of 88.5 kilometres per hour in 2007 at the Royal Australian Navy Base. The vehicle is 4.6 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 93 centimetres high. It weight 165 kilogrammes and has a 5.99 square metre permanent solar array which powers it. The Sunswift has also batteries which when combine with the solar cells can permit the vehicle to achieve a maximum speed of 95 kilometres per hour.
A top speed of 202.5 kilometres per hour may sound ridiculous given the performances of the other vehicles which we have presented thus far but you should keep in mind that this velocity was achieved in 1938 by a steam locomotive which was beyond any doubt astonishing and remarkable at the time. The 4468 Mallard is still regarded as the fastest steam train in history. The locomotive has retired in 1963 and several of its models can be seen in various transport and railway museums throughout the globe.