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The 10 Fastest Things In The World

  • The Fastest Manned Aircraft - North American X-15
  • Usain Bolt
    Bolt celebrating at the 2013 London Anniversary Games (Via)
  • Peregrine falcon
    Peregrine falcon (Via)
  • Hennessey Venom GT
  • Shanghai Maglev
    A meglev train is coming out of the Pudong International Airport (Via)
  • Tupolev Tu-144
    Tu-144 with distinctive droop-nose at the MAKS-2007 exhibition (Via).
  • The Fastest Ambulance - Lotus Evora
  • Tianhe-2
  • Spirit of Australia
  • ThrustSSC

Almost everybody likes speed. Man’s fascination with speed is boundless. Have you ever wondered what are the fastest ways to travel? Or what animal is the fastest? Check out our 10 picks of the fastest things in the world.

1. The Fastest Human – Usain Bolt

Bolt celebrating at the 2013 London Anniversary Games (Via)

Bolt celebrating at the 2013 London Anniversary Games (Via)

Usain St. Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter born on August 21, 1986. During the 2009 Berlin World Championships, he reached a top speed of 12.27 m/s on his 100 metres race which is 44.7 km/h (27.44 miles per hour)! (more info)

2. The Fastest Animal – Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine falcon (Via)

Peregrine falcon (Via)

What’s faster than people? Take a look at animal kingdom. Most of you probably thought cheetah is the fastest animal. That’s partially true. With a recorded speed of 109.4–120.7 km/h (68.0–75.0 mph) cheetah is the fastest land animal. But the fastest member of the animal kingdom with a speed of 389 km/h (242 mph) is the peregrine falcon. It can be found nearly everywhere on Earth, except extreme polar regions, very high mountains, and most tropical rainforests. (more info)

3. The Fastest Production Car – Hennessey Venom GT

Most people instantly think about Bugatti Veyron when they hear about the fastest production car in the world. The Super Sport version of the Veyron is recognised by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 430.9 km/h (267.7 mph). But the fastest production car is the Hennessey Venom GT. It is based on the Lotus Exige, manufactured by Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering and assembled in England. On February 14, 2014, on the Kennedy Space Center’s 3.22-mile (5.18 km) shuttle landing strip in Florida, the Hennessey team recorded a top speed of 435.31 km/h (270.49 mph). As the run was in a single direction, it does not qualify as the world’s fastest production car in the Guinness Book of Records. (more info)

4. The Fastest Commercial Train – Shanghai Maglev

A meglev train is coming out of the Pudong International Airport (Via)

A meglev train is coming out of the Pudong International Airport (Via)

The Shanghai Maglev Train is a high-speed magnetic levitation train that operates in Shanghai, China. The top operational commercial speed of this train is 431 km/h (268 mph), making it the world’s fastest train in regular commercial service since its opening in April 2004. (more info)

5. The Fastest Commercial Plane – Tupolev Tu-144

Tu-144 with distinctive droop-nose at the MAKS-2007 exhibition (Via).

Tu-144 with distinctive droop-nose at the MAKS-2007 exhibition (Via).

The Tupolev Tu-144 was the world’s first commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST) and the fastest commercial plane ever produced. It flew at an average service altitude of 16,000 metres (52,000 ft) and cruised at a speed of around 2,000 kilometres per hour (1,200 mph). Only 55 flights were completed because of its poor safety record. (read more)

6. The Fastest Manned Aircraft – North American X-15

The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft. The X-15 set speed and altitude records in the 1960s. As of September 2015, the X-15 holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft. Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h), or Mach 6.72.

7. The Fastest Ambulance – Lotus Evora

Dubai has been known for supercars are made in the form of a police car. A few months ago, Dubai has shocked the world again by turning a modified version of the Lotus Evora into duty as an ambulance. At high speed the car can get to the location of the patient with an average time of about 3-4 minutes. (read more)

Also check: Dubai Police Supercars – Need For Speed In Real Life

8. The Fastest Computer – Tianhe-2

Tianhe-2 or TH-2 is a supercomputer located in National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou. It was developed by a team of 1,300 scientists and engineers and achived 33.86-petaflops. (read more)

9. The Fastest Boat – Spirit of Australia

Spirit of Australia is the world’s fastest wooden speed boat. It was built in a Sydney backyard in the 1970s by Ken Warby. On 8 October 1978, Ken drove the boat on the Tumut River near the Blowering Dam in Australia to a speed of 317.596 mph (511.11 km/h). (read more)

10. The Fastest Land Vehicle – ThrustSSC

ThrustSSC, or Thrust supersonic car, is a British jet-propelled car that became the first car to officially break the sound barrier. It holds the World Land Speed Record, set on 15 October 1997, when it achieved a speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph). (read more)

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