25 Fastest Things In The World

Posted by on January 21, 2014

From helicopters and space ships to fish and subatomic particles these are the 25 fastest things in the world.


Fastest Train

The Japanese JR-Maglev has reached over 360mph (581km/h) on a magnetic levitation track


Fastest Roller Coaster

At a top speed of 150mph the recently constructed Formula Rossa can be found in Dubai


Fastest Elevator

Elevators in the Taipei Tower in Taiwan shuttle people up and down at a speed of 60km/h


Fastest Production Car

Topping out at 268mph the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is the fastest street-legal car in the world


Fastest Non Production Car

On October 15, 1997 the rocket powered car Thrust SSC broke the sound barrier in the Nevada desert.


Fastest Manned Plane

Not only did the US Air Force X-15 go fast (4,519 mph) it went so high that several of its pilots were later awarded astronaut wings by NASA.


Fastest Tornado

In terms of wind speed a tornado near Oklahoma City reached nearly 300mph.


Fastest Man

In 2009 Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt broke the world record for the 100 meter dash with a time of 9.58 seconds.


Fastest Woman

In 1988 American Florenc Griffith-Joyner ran the 100m dash in 10.49 seconds, a record that is yet to be broken.


Fastest Land Animal

Although Cheetahs can run fast (75 mph) they can accelerate even faster (0-60 in 3 seconds) than most production cars.


Fastest Fish

Sailfish have been clocked going nearly 70mph.


Fastest Bird

Also the fastest animal in the world bar none, the Peregrine Falcon, can exceed speeds of 200 mph (325km/h)


Fastest Computer

Although in all likelihood this record has already been broken by the time your read this, Milky Way-2 of China is at the time of this publishing the world’s fastest computer.


Fastest Submersible

It’s hard to get records on these sort of things because submarines data tends to be classified. The highest alleged speed however was reached by the Soviet K-162 in 1969. It’s speed was 44.7 knots.


Fastest Helicopter

In July 2010 the Sikorsky X2 broke the record with a speed of 258mph over West Palm Beach, FL.