Ever since the wheel was invented, human beings have continued to event modes of transport that can get us from A to B speedily, the hoverboard being on of them, but what is the quickest transport available?
Here’s our run down of the fastest means of transport known to man:
- The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is the fastest plane in the world and can reach speeds of more than 2,100mph. That’s about four times faster than the average speed of a commercial plane. However the SR-71 was taken out of action in 1988 for political reasons – it was built as a spy plane and for this reason it could evade detection, outrun missiles and fly at high altitudes. The last known flight was by NASA who retired their SR-71 jets in 1999. The SR-71 was famously known for its ability to fly faster than a bullet.
- Boeing 747-8 – the Boeing 747-8 is the fastest passenger plane in the world and can reach speeds of up to 659mph. That’s incredible when you thin that the first every aircraft flown by the Wright brothers reached just 31 mph. The Boeing 747-8 was first flown in 2005 and is the largest of the 747 models.
- L0 Series Maglev – Japan’s famous Maglev bullet train is the fastest train in the world, capable of reaching speeds of up to 375 mph (the world record). The train is 28 metres long and has the capacity to carry 24 passengers. It has a 15 metre long nose, which improves aerodynamics and reduces noise levels when travelling through tunnels.
- SSC Tuatara – the SSC Tuatara is the fastest car in the world with a top speed of 316 mph. It has a twin-turbocharged 5.9litre V8 engine that produces an incredible 1750 horsepower and revs up to 8800rpm. However, if you want to buy one, it will cost a cool £1.6 million. The SSC Tuatara has the world record for being the fastest car – previously, it was held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which reached almost 278mph.
- MTT 420RR – this motorbike has a gas turbine engine, instead of the more traditional internal-combustion type, which produces 420 horsepower and can reach speeds of up to 273mph. That’s frighteningly fast for a motorcyle as it will feel even quicker when you are actually riding this beast of a machine. Incidentally, the letters RR, stand for Race Ready. You get the drift.
- Delfast Top 3.0 – the Delfast Top 3.0 is the fastest electric bike in the world with a top speed of 50mph thanks to a 3000W electric battery. It also has a special low speed mode, for those who don’t want to risk life and limb on the daily commute.
- F1 Gyroor – called a ‘racing hoverboard’ this sleek bit of kit is officially the fastest hoverboard in the world with a maximum speed of 12mph. That might not sound like a lot, when you compare it with some of the above contenders, but trust us, it will feel hair-raisingly quick when you’re riding it. It also has a manually adjustable racing sound, to get you in an adrenaline pumping mood.