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7 of the Most Amazing Record-Breaking Cars

Since the world's first 'modern' car was created in 1886, we haven't stopped pushing the limits of motoring and inventing better and faster car models.

These 7 cars have made their way into the record books for multiple reasons, and each is pretty impressive in its own way.

1. Oldest Functioning Car

The oldest functioning car is La Marquise, a steam-powered, four-wheeled, four-seater vehicle, manufactured in 1884 by De Dio Bouton et Trépardoux (France). 

As of 2015, the car is 131 years old, and it runs off coal, wood and paper. It may take 30 minutes to warm up, and it may only have a top speed od 38 mph - but the fact that it still functions is amazing!

The car was sold at auction for £1,767,000 in 2007.

2. Fastest Road Car

The Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest road car in the world, setting a mark of 270.49 mph in early 2014. It beat the previous title holder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, by just 0.63 mph - but the record wasn't officially recorded.

Hennessesy took the Venom GT to to the Kennedy Space Centre (Florida, USA) to drive the car on NASA's 3.2 mile Space Shuttle landing runway.

The official Guinness World Record requires two runs in opposite directions to work out an average speed - meaning tailwinds are taken into account - and since the Venom GT wasn't able to do this on that runway, the record books remain unchanged. 

The Venom GT also holds the speed records for the world's fastest car from 0-300 km/h (13.63 seconds) and 0-200 mph (14.51 seconds).

3. Lowest Roadworthy Car

The lowest roadworthy car was created in 2010 by students and teachers of The Automobile Engineering Course of Okayama Sanyo High School in Asakuchi, Japan.

Taking over a year to create, the 'Mirari' (meaning 'future' in Japanese) measures 45.2 cm (17.79 in) from the ground to the highest part of the car. It runs on six main batteries.

Harada Kazunari, principal at Okayama Sanyo High School, explains, "It can be frightening to drive Mirari on a big street, especially when the speed goes over 40 km/h because the road is very close to the driver's eye point. Also, you can feel afraid that you will be run over by other cars."

Based on that review, we're assuming the Mirari won't be manufactured on a mass scale any time soon!

4. Hairiest Car

We couldn't ignore this one, purely because it's such a bizarre entry. The hairiest car in the world is covered in 120 kg of natural hair.

Where did that hair come from you ask? Well apparently the owners, Maria Lucia Mugno and Valentino Stassano (both from Italy), imported the real, human hair from India - because the hair there is supposedly stronger than what's available in Europe.

Mugno and Stassano claim it took 150 hours to transform the Fiat 500 into its present, hairy condition. 

But why?

Mugno is an eccentric stylish and decided that the project would serve as a symbol of freedom and peace - and yes, she does drive the car on a regular basis. The value of the Fiat is now estimated at a whopping 80,000 Euros (£59, 317).

5. Longest Car

Known as the "American Dream", the world's longest car in this 100ft (30.5m) long limousine. Built by American Jay Ohrberg, the car has 26 wheels, a swimming pool with a diving board, a king-size water bed AND a helipad.

It's powered by two Cadillac V8s and seats up to 75 passengers. It also features a hinged section in the middle, to help the vehicle get round corners.

6. Smallest Roadworthy Car

The smallest roadworthy car measures 63.5 cm high, just 65.41 cm wide and 126.47 cm tall. It was created by custom car builder Auston Coulson (USA) and is fully road legal (in the US, at least).

The car features full-functioning windscreen wipers, a seat belt, a horn and a federally-approved safety glass for the windscreen - as well as Department of Transportation-approved headlights, tail lights and indicators. However, it only has a top speed of 33 mph (not to mention a lack of space and no roof!). 

7. Most Expensive Car

In October 2013, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer became the world's most expensive car, selling to a private buyer for £32 million. Formerly owned by collector Paul Pappalardo, the car was acquired by an unidentified buyer in a private transaction, according to the Bloomberg news agency.

Ferrari only made 36 of these models (or 39 if you include different versions), and they're rarely up for sale.

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posted by: lee 17 March 2015