Speed has always been king in the automotive industry. From the earliest endurance races of Europe to American muscle car mania, producing more horsepower and more torque has been the goal of manufacturers all across the world. But compared to the last decade, automotive progress has been slow for the majority of time since the invention of the internal combustion engine.
For context, the first Ford Model A only had 8 horsepower and a top speed of 28 miles per hour. By the 1970s V8s ruled the game, but even winning race cars like the Ford GT40 cranked out at around 400 horsepower.
Today’s technology has exponentially increased the potential of the modern engine, and even most basic consumer cars can claim over 200 horsepower. That’s thanks to improved metallurgy combined with the miracle of forced induction.
The highest performance cars in the world these days have twin turbo engines, hybrid drivetrain, 3D printed carbon fiber bodies, and can usually hit insane figures like 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque or even higher. Though no production car to date has broken the mythical 300 mph barrier, many can go from 0-60 in well below 3 seconds. In a way, modern sports cars are quickly becoming so powerful that 0-60 times may soon be obsolete.
In the meantime, keep scrolling for 10 American made cars that can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds.
SSC ULTIMATE AERO TT – 2.78 SECONDS
SSC, the company formerly known as Shelby Super Cars, began developing their first production vehicle in 2004. A series of design and drivetrain developments followed for the next 9 years. These resulted in the SSC Ultimate Aero TT. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 387 cubic inch version of the Corvette C5r V8 engine, this car is able to sprint from 0-60 in 2.78 seconds because it boasts over 1,100 horsepower and nearly identical torque figures.
The mid-mounted engine is the centerpiece of the car, but its styling and features are also impressive. Fully street legal versions offered navigation systems, a 10 speaker sound system, air conditioning, and even a back-up camera which comes in handy given that you don’t want to be parallel parking with a car that costs almost $300,000. That only matters if you can find one, since SSC produced only 24 units in total.