• May 9, 2008


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There are only a handful of cars that can strike fear into the Bugatti Veyron. The Koenigsegg CCX comes close with a top speed of 242.42 mph, and the SSC Aero Twin-Turbo is even faster, hitting a two-way average speed of 255.83 mph and officially taking the crown of world's fastest car back in September. These über-fast supercars will now be looking over their shoulders with the new kid on the block, the 9ff GT9. Based on the Porsche 911 GT3, 9ff stretches the chassis about a foot and chops the roofline for improved aerodynamics. A carbon-kevlar subframe houses a twin-turbo 4.2-liter flat-6 pushing out 987 bhp. Our German is a bit rough, but we can translate enough of Autobild's recent story on the 9ff GT9 to know they achieved ridiculous speeds in the super Porsche at the Papenburg high speed oval in Germany. 409 km/h to be exact, which roughly translates to 253 mph. We're not sure if there is more speed left in the GT9 to top the Bugatti or the SSC, but it's impressive nonetheless.


[Source: Autobild.de]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to go ahead and say that the SCCR or whatever they are calling it this week is not a production car worthy of the top speed record, but a plastic kit car made by some hillbillies with a small-block V8. Recognizing it as a an actual car only encourages them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are such a tool. Seriously, everyone who drives the SSC Ultimate Aero praises it (Some even say it rides BETTER than the Veyron). You just hate America.
        You are a Communist.
        You hate Freedom.
        Go die a horrible death.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well the very first problem with that opinion is that the Ultimate Aero is made completely of carbon fiber...
        I'm no Aero fanboy but you could at the very least attempt to learn something about the cars you bash before you bash them...
      • 6 Years Ago
      ff > f*ing fast?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear genius:

      It's one thing to make a ton of power with a motor... It's another thing to offer that much power in a true production car that has to pass reliability tests. The W16 in the Bugatti Veyron is a lot less high strung then the flat 6 in that GT9. The W16 can also run on pump gas and still pump out nearly 1,000hp. Can that flat 6? I guarantee you it cannot. Could Bugatti make a 1,000hp 6 cylinder? Of course. Are they stupid enough to offer it in a 1.6 million dollar production car? Of course not.

      And in case I haven't made it clear enough: the motor in that GT9 will never make it past the production requirements for any half way decent automaker. The only way 9ff can get away with it is because they're tiny and will only ever sell a few of those cars to begin with.

      Use your clever intelligence and ask yourself this question: Does it make more sense for an automaker to build a large motor that can reliably make 1,000hp, or should they push the absolute bloody limit of a 6 cylinder motor just for the hell of it?

      Also, did you ever consider the fact the GT9 weighs 2,800lbs, whereas the Bugatti Veyron weighs 4500+lbs? If you would really take the Porsche over the Veyron then you need to slap yourself, multiple times.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The GT9 runs on normal gas... it is a street legal car running under the same emission rules as the Veyron..

        http://www.autobild.de/ir_img/57203302_0cae2de311.jpg
        stop at a fuel station

        http://www.autobild.de/ir_img/57203315_e5bf5f6b60.jpg
        stop at a McDonald parking lot..



        • 6 Years Ago
        Stopping at a gas station proves it runs on pump gas? Yes, any high horsepower boosted car can run on pump gas as long as you turn the boost down to an acceptable level. However this car can most likely not run full boost on 93 octane. 100 octane? Doubt it. 104+... I could accept that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Alright dude, calm down. You act like someone was insulting your mother. It's just a car man. And I think a dead sexy one at that. And to answer your question I would take a porsche over a bugatti. Not this 9ff modded GT9, but just a normal run of the mill Cayman. I just don't see a reason to have that kind of ridiculous power, I'm sure it makes some people all giddy but not me. Anyways, pretty sick and I'm sure 9ff is very proud of it's engineers. I would be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly, well said.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ okomoto

        no one cares what you belive or not, I have the article at hand, 9ff has lot of experience with high speed running, I have seen a video of the 9ff V400 at Nardo were they run straight from the gas station outside the track to a 388km/h(242mph) run in 2004.
        The GT9 is running under europen emission and street rules it runs on SuperPlus fuel which is 98octan.
        Race fuel with higher octane or things like NOS are not allowed in street legal cars in Germany.


      • 6 Years Ago
      i dont know why cars like that dont make me go wow? ill take the GT3 that it came with.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool, except she ain't no Project SledgeHammer, the baddest car to ever hit the roads. Puts these modern cars to shame in top speed tests.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Sledgehammer that not officel reached that speed was not street legal running under no emission limits...
        Compared to the Auto Union and Mercedes Streamliner of the late 1930´s the Sledge-Hammer was a slow car...
        Both Auto Union and Mercedes toped 270mph on public road in 1938... Mercedes holds since 1938 the world record for the highest topspeed ever clocked on a public road with 272mph.. (two directions)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice looking car for sure.
      Amazing stats, very impressive.

      But what's up with that badly photoshopped looking rear wheel?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Completely flat mean less drag? I think... Pretty important in Vmax runs
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it's probably a wheel cover, like those now used in F1. There's definitely an aerodynamic advantage to using them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I actually preferred the moon discs.

        Everyone seems to constantly forget that the Veyron is 1. Electronically limited to 253mph, not drag limited; it'll go faster 2. It has NEVER actually been tested with the speed limiter removed 3. The Veyron was designed for these speeds, every other car that is attempting to match or beat it is a modified example with the maker trying to show how big his "stick" is. If you want to fight fire with fire, lets put the Veyron in the hands of a Tuner and see who can catch it then. The W16 is under much less stress (regardless of the low vibration of a flat engine) because it has to make less horsepower per cylinder. If you want to match it cylinder for cylinder with this, the Veyron would be making near 3000hp. Let's see this little tuner car catch it then.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess wheel well covers such as those famously worn by the Lola T-600's and moon discs are out of style in favor of wheel covers that look like they were lifted out of a comic book.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonder why they mention the 4.2 is a derivative of the GT3 3.6L flat 6!! If i'm right that powerplant comes from the old GT1 racer... and is already found in twin turbo guise under the hood (oops... boot! :P) of the 911 turbo and GT2! I'd have thought they rather pick up the awesome 5.7L V10 from the Carrera GT and modd that.. + the GT is already a sleek car... I still find it really wierd... these things have so much horsepower.. they better be the fastest.. i mean there is a prestige status in a Veyron, which may not be there with the SSC ultimate although the Shelby to me is the king of power! So now if a 9ff can go faster and IF it goes into production and even with creature comforts, can beat the W16.... then why wud anyone buy a veyron ??? practically... one could do a similar 0-60 even with a modded Evo IX or a tuned 911 which makes sense as it has 4 wheels handling all that power instead of those 2 fat wheels that will spin and burn on the italian!! :)))
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like how they can take a flat 6 with twin turbochargers and make it that fast and the Bugatti needs a 16 cylinder with quad turbos. I'd take the Porsche.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, no they won't. People that buy these cars have money. People with money, consequently, can afford gas.

        You can see the future in Europe if you must; I believe gas there is insanely high at around 6 dollars a gallon. Yet these cars still exist.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @P B

        Exactly, the 0-60 is 4.2 sec. Which is wicked fast, don't get me wrong, but nothing compared to the veyron or the aero. Plus a TT Flat 6 putting out 987HP is a super high stress engine, contrary to a W16 with 4 turbos . . . i really think the Veyron reigns supreme when it comes to top speed . . you're not compromising handling, reliability, or safety, which I think should be a qualification for fastest production car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Knightuc1992

        I seriously doubt anyone who buys a $1 million Bugatti Veyron or any of these cars for that matter really cares about what the price of gas is. Not only could they afford all the gas they want but they probably won't even drive these cars that much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow holy crap. my wife's cheap old Acura buries the needle at 140mhp, I still like to get any Acura over whatever-egg, 9tf, buyadi, or any widowmakers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd rather have the Veyron motor. A twin turbo flat six producing almost 1,000hp? All that power has to be coming in one huge lump at the top of the power band. You'll have nothing, then OMGWTFSPEED. I'll pass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With gas prices heading to $4.00/gallon and beyond, these beasts will eventually wind up in museums within a couple of years, so enjoy them now (while you can)...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @unknown

        the GT9 is a fully legal street car, driven normal it is not louder as a normal Porsche, the car journalist driving with Jan Fatthauer the 200km from 9ff home to Papenburg test track was sleeping in the GT9 while Jan Fatthauer was driving.

        Flat engines can handle much more stress than any other engine configuration because they run nearly vibration free. The flat6 has less heat problems as the W16 of the Veyron.
        They run into a traffic jam on the way to the testtrack and the GT9 was as easy to drive as any other 911.

        BTW with breaking into the 400km/h Club 9ff starts now a limited production run of the GT9 of 20cars... some GT) are already ordered with the "if they do the 400km/h" note..

        The 0-100km/h acceleration isn´t impressive because it is hard to make a perfect start without any electronic nannys... that does not stop the GT9 to beat the Veyron 0-300km/h.. and more important.. on the Autobahn the GT9 would make a Veyron driver cry.. 200km/h(125mph) to 300km/h (186mph) the GT9 beats the Veyron by 2.5s..

        To get a idea about the different in topspeed accleration between the "slow" Veyron and the GT9..
        The Veyron needs in Ehra Lessien a 5.5mile long straight to get to 253mph.. the GT9 had at the Papenburg test track only a short straight (under 2mile including break zone) to get from 190mph (leaving the turn) to get to 254mph befor braking for the next turn.. on the same track the ZR1 accelerated from ~190mph to 206mph befor they slamed the brake for the turn...
        With more straight to run I would not be surprised if the GT9 could go faster...
          • 6 Years Ago
          Thanks. Interesting post. I wonder if the SSC would go any faster on the test track they used for the Veyron.
        • 6 Years Ago
        E-N-G-I-N-E-E-R-I-N-G.
      • 6 Years Ago
      just for remember the SSC Aéro have the title of Guiness with the average 411klm on public road.all the rest is spéculations.the only car who have a chance to make a new World record,it s the futur VENOM GT.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Without trying hard, evo magazine saw just 5.2 in the 0-60. they then topped the veyron's 100-200mph by something like 3 seconds to make up for the 9ff's terrible start. evo's other times from last month: http://goodcarbadcar.blogspot.com/2008/04/evo-laptimes-from-april08.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      some words..

      409km/h = 254.1mph not 253

      they did that topspeed run WITH PASSENGER... next to Jan Fatthauer who drove the GT9 (without helmet!) was sitting one of his mechanics observing the oil water temperatures and engine parameters.. no other car ever toped 250mph with a passenger on the codriver seat!!!

      The same day they made a second "slow" relaxed run with a car journalist on the codriver seat toping 403km/h (250.4mph)

      The 9ff GT9 rolled the way to the Papenburg testtrack on own wheels through normal traffic including traffic jam. The topspeed run was done without aerodynamic wheelcover

      pic´s from that day...

      http://www.autobild.de/ir_img/57203305_3d39ecc785.jpg
      on the Autobahn heading to Papenburg test track

      http://www.autobild.de/ir_img/57203302_0cae2de311.jpg
      last stop at a fuel station

      http://www.autobild.de/ir_img/57203291_d328f2708b.jpg
      doing the topspeed run...

      10 minutes after they entered the testtrack all was done.. and 409km/h (254.1mph) were clocked by two independent GPS systems
        • 6 Years Ago
        So, where are you in those pictures Mr. Fatthauer?
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