The current world land speed record is rated at 1,227.985 km/h by ThrustSSC – a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved the said speed over one mile in October 1997. While that mentioned figure is ludicrous and seems like an impossible feat for “normal” cars, it’s interesting to point out how fast a man can go when inside these machines.
Such an idea is fun to toy with, however, what really is the fastest thing on the planet when it comes to a drag race? We stumbled upon a video, and we think we just found the answer.
The race was between a Tesla Model S P100D, a Kawasaki Ninja H2R, a fighter jet, a Formula One car, a passenger plane, and two sports cars (Aston Martin Vantage and Lotus Evora). To give you an idea, here’s how fast these cars go according to their spec sheets.
A Tesla Model S P100D, the one with ludicrous mode, has a top speed of 249 km/h. While that number isn’t much, when it comes to a standing drag race, an electric vehicle has the advantage with its instantaneous torque delivery.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R, on the other hand, is the track version of the world’s fastest supercharged production motorcycle, the Kawasaki Ninja H2. The latter had a top speed of 340.571 km/h during the Bonneville Speed Week held last month. Now imagine how fast its track version is.
With their light body construction and powerful engines, Formula One race cars can reach speeds of up to 375 km/h.
We all know that airplanes reach crazy speeds while flying, right? However, since this was a drag race, and the airplanes should be rated while on land. Commercial passenger planes could reach speeds of up to 285 km/h before takeoff. How fast fighter jets go then? Take a guess.
As for the other sports cars, the top speed of the Vantage is at 314 km/h, while the Evora 410 is at 306 km/h.
To settle the score, here’s the mother of all drag races:
So, that settled it – the Kawasaki Ninja H2R outpaced all vehicles (and aircraft) by 0.04 seconds. It was a tight race between the Formula One car, the Superbike, and the fighter jet. The Tesla wasn’t too far behind either.