Humans have a inherent, inescapable need for speed. This graphic shows our exploration of that need in the form of the fastest production cars for each year.
Over the course of the past 70 years the fastest production car has continued to get faster and faster. It’s a testament to human engineering and innovation. One would have thought that we would have hit some sort of speed ceiling, but even in recent years the fastest production cars top speed has continued to skyrocket.
The Jaguar XK120 was the fastest production car in 1949 with a top speed of just 124.6 miles per hour. 12,000 were produced which is an extraordinarily high number for the fastest production car of the year.
In 1987 a car was finally produced that could top 200 miles per hour. The Ruf CTR clock in at 213 miles per hour with its twin-turbocharged engine.
Things have gotten crazy in recent years, when the SSC Tuatara topped out at an insane 316 miles per hour. While “production” might be in parenthesis since only 100 of these were built, it is still considered the fastest production car.