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Cars and Speed

First Vehicle.

The first vehicle was made by Karl Benz and was powered by a gas engine. The patent -number 37435- is known as a car birth certificate. This patent was applied by Karl Benz on January 29, 1886. This was the first true modern car to be known as "Motorwagen-Model number 1". A motorwagen is a horseless three-wheeled carriage driven by a gasoline-powered engine. This Benz patented motorwagen has a single-cylinder 4-stroke engine that produces 0.55 kW and reaches a top speed of 16 km/h. This car was first driven in public in Mannheim, Germany, on July 3, 1886. Karl Benz then made the Model number 2 which produces 1 kW and has a top speed of 19 km/h.

Motorwagen-Model number 1(1886)


First car to reach 100 km/h (62.1mph)

La Jamais Contente (The Never Contended) is the first on-road vehicle to reach 100 km/h. This is a Belgian electric vehicle. La Jamais Contente is also called "The Never Satisfied". This car is 3.8 meters long, 1.56 meters wide and 1.46 meters high. It has two 25 kW direct drive motors with 200v of 124A each and has a horsepower of 68. This speed was recorded on May 1, 1899, near Paris, France. This vehicle was driven by a Belgian driver, Cammile Jenatzy. He is the son of Constant Jenatz, a manufacturer of rubber products. Camille is also known as the "Red Devil" (Le Diable Rouge) for his record-breaking running speed and the color of his beard. He was shot dead in 1913. Jenatzy reached a speed of 105.8 km/h in his La Jamais Contente and broke the 92.7 km/h record held by Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat.

La Jamais Contente(1899)


First car to reach 200km/h (124.2 mph)

The "Blitzen-Benz" was a road-going car made by Benz & Cie Mannheim, Germany, in 1909. It was the first car to break the 200 km/h speed limit. The Blitzen-Benz is a 21.5 liter, 147 kW engine producing 200 horsepower. on 8 November 1909, Victor Héméry reached a speed of 202.6 km/h at the Brooklands race track in England. Only six examples of Blitzen-Benz or also called Lightning Benz were made. Of the 6 Blitzen Benz, four have survived to date. One of them is in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The second and only original four-seater version is with collectors in the United States. Blitzen-Benz is based on the World Grand Prix. This car is one of the reasons why people started auto racing. Many are against auto racing because they think it is just for fun and spending money. This car was the fastest vehicle, faster than a train or any other car at that time.

Blitzen-Benz (Paris, Retromobile 2013)


First car to reach 250 km/h (155 mph)

Iso Grifo GL 365, made by Italian automaker Iso Autoveicoli s.p.A. This is the first car to cross the 250 km/h mark. This is a limited production car 2 door grand tourer, front engine, rear wheel drive. The first Grifo Gl appeared in 1965 with a 5.4 liter, Chevrolet small-block 327 V8 engine that produced 360 horsepower. Iso Autoveicoli was known for producing fast cars. This car can reach a top speed of 265 km/h and more than 400 of these cars were made. This car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Various variations of the Iso Griffo were made such as the Iso Grifo A3/V by Bizzarrinni, Iso Grifo can am, Iso Grifo can am series 1. Iso Grifo claims that the 7 liter Grifo can reach a top speed of 300 km/h.

Iso Grifo GL 365


The first car to reach 300 km/h

The Ruf BTR is a German sports car made by Ruf Automobiles, Germany. The sports car is powered by a 3.4 liter, flat 6 turbocharged, producing 274 kW; 369 hp at 6000 rpm. This car comes standard with a 5 manual transmission and a 2 door coupe. BTR sports car based on the Porsche 911. This car is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 305 km/h. Ruf Btr has won the "fastest car in the world" contest held by the American car magazine Road & Track. Many different variations of The Ruf Btr were made such as the BTR 3.8, BTR2 and BTR 5. There is no clear record of the number of cars produced.

RUF BTR


The first car to reach 350 km / h.

The McLaren F1 was the first car to cross the barrier at 350 km/h. It is one of the finest sports cars produced and designed by the British automobile manufacturer McLaren. It is powered by a 6.1 liter, BMW S70/2 V12 engine that produces 618 hp at 461 kW. It is lighter and sleeker than any modern car and has one extra seat than any other sports car. The modified version of this car has won many races including the 1994 Le Mans 24 hours. In 1994, a British car magazine said that the McLaren f1 was one of the best propulsion engines ever made for the road. In 2005, channel4 placed this car in the top 100 best cars and also said that this is one of the greatest achievements in the automotive industry. A total of 106 McLaren F1s have been produced to date.

Mclaren F1


The first car to reach 400 km/h

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is the first sports car to cross the 400 km/h mark. It is a mid-engine sports car made by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S in Molsheim, France. It was first designed and developed in Germany by Bugatti Engineering GmbH. The sports car is powered by an 8.0 liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 987 hp. There are many versions of the Bugatti Veyron such as Bugatti Veyron super sport, Bugatti Veyron grand supersport, Bugatti Veyron supersport vitesse. The original version had a top speed of 408 km/h. Supersport is a roadster version that can reach speeds of 431 km / h. Bugatti Veyron first appeared in 2005. He was named the best car of the decade (2000-2009). The Veyron reached a speed of 408 km/h during a test session on the Volkswagen Ehra-Lessien private test track on April 19, 2005.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4


The first car to reach 450 km / h.

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is the first car to reach speeds of 450 km/h (280 mph) and also the first car to reach 300 mph (482 km/h) on August 2, 2019. This car is manufactured by Bugatti Automobiles, Molsheim, France. It is a two-seater sports car designed and developed in Germany by Bugatti Engineering GmbH. The car is powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0 liter engine that produces 1,497 hp. An old version of the Chiron supersport, the Bugatti Chiron was first shown at the Geneve motor show in March 2016. Le Mans winner and official Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace reached a top speed of 490.4 Km/h (304 mph) on the Ehra-Lessein Track in Germany.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport at Blenheim palace


First car to reach 500km/h (310 mph)

The SSC Tuatara 1750 is the first car to reach 500 km/h. On October 10, 2020, according to SSC, the Tuatara reached a top speed of 531 km/h on a seven-mile stretch of closed road in Nevada, USA. The SSC Tuatara is a sports car designed and manufactured by the American automaker SSC North America. The sports car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.9 liter SSC engine that produces 1,749 hp. Production of the car was limited to 100. The car was driven by British racer Oliver Webb.

SSC Tuatara