Just more than a century and a half before or so who would have thought that someday we will conjure up a machine that will take us to the great depths of the outer space or about a flying machine that will take us to the other side of the earth in just hours. But, here we are today experiencing all those things in our daily life whether directly or indirectly. Well, it’s all about the speed and almost everyone likes it. Now, the question stands that what other things present in our surroundings are qualified as fastest. Below is the list of few fastest things around us.
31. Fastest Man
In the 2009 World Championships, the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt broke the world record for the 100m dash in Berlin, with a record time of 9.58 seconds.
30. Fastest Elevator
The Taipei tower or Taipei 101 posses the fastest elevator in the world operating at the speed of 37.7 mph (around 60 km/h). The landmark skyscraper of Taipei was officially classified as the world’s tallest building in 2004, which lost its position after the mighty Burj Khalifa in 2009.
29. Fastest Racket Sport
No tennis is not the fastest racket sports in the world as one would think. A shuttlecock, struck by topmost players in the world with a modern racket, can travel up to 200 mph.
28. Fastest Woman
Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo, became the fastest woman on the Earth in the 1998 Summer Olympics in Seoul after completing 100m dash in just 10.49 seconds. Her record is still unchallenged.
27. Fastest Train
In the year 2015, the Japanese LO series SCMaglev clocked over 375 mph (603 km/h) on a magnetic levitation track. The record was previously held by another Japanese maglev MLX01.
26. Fastest Water Slide
‘Insano‘ water slide situated on the beach of Porto das Dunas in the municipality of Aquiraz, Brazil is the fastest water slide in the world. At a staggering height of 41 meters, the giant water slide ejects a person at a heart stopping speed of 65 mph (104.6 km/h).
25. Fastest Roller Coaster
At a top speed of 149 mph (239 km/h), the newly constructed Formula Rossa at Ferrari world in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is the fastest amusement park ride in the world. The sophisticated coaster uses a hydraulic launch system which generates a release velocity near to that of steam catapults on a navy aircraft carrier.
24. Fastest Production Car
At 258 mph tops, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the fastest street-legal car ever made.
23. Fastest Non Production Car
ThrustSSC is a British manufactured supersonic jet propelled vehicle. On October 15, 1997, it achieved an unrealistic speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph) and became the first ground vehicle to officially break the sound barrier. Thankfully, the car was driven by Royal Air Force fighter pilot wing commander Andy Green in the Black Rock desert in the state of Nevada.
22. Fastest Manned Plane
The North American X-15 secured a record speed of 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h) in 1976, which is still unchallenged as of now. During its operational years, the X-15 exceeded the altitude of 50 miles (upper mesosphere), which also qualified its pilots as astronauts.
21. Fastest Tornado
In terms of wind speed measured by the Doppler radar, a tornado near Oklahoma City in 1999 reached at a record speed of 318 mph.
20. Fastest Passenger Jet
The Tupolev Tu-144 (retired) became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2. The commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST) had a cruising altitude of 52,000 ft with a speed of 1200 mph.
19. Fastest Land Animal
Over short distances, Cheetahs can sprint at a top speed of 68-74 mph, and they can accelerate even faster (0-60 in 3 seconds) than most production cars. On a side note, the maximum speed attained by a Cheetah is slightly more than that attained by a pronghorn (88 mph).
18. Fastest Running Insect
In 1996, Dutch scientists performed several tests on two species of Australian Tiger beetle, Cicindela eburneola and Cicindela hudsoni. According to the results, out of those two, Cicindela Hudsoni can run at a speed of 5.6 mph or 9 km/h. As of 2005, about 2,600 species and subspecies of tiger beetle were known.
17. Fastest Fish
Well, there are a lot of controversies over the fastest fish in the world. According to several references, the Sailfish is the fastest among the fishes with a speed of 68 mph. On the other hand, in a reference to a YouTube video and courtesy of BBC, the Black marlin is alleged fastest fish in the Ocean with speed of up to 80 mph, a mere estimation of the speed that hooked marlin is able to unwind the fishing line.
16. Fastest Bird
At the speed of 200 mph, a peregrine falcon can nearly match the top speed of a Lamborghini Murcielago during its characteristic hunting scoop or dive. According to a National Geographic TV show, the highest achievable speed of a peregrine falcon can reach up to 389 km/h (242 mph).
15. Fastest Computer
At 93.01 PFLOPS or peta FLOPS, the Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight is the fastest non-distributed computer system in the world.
14. Fastest Submarine
Well, it is almost impossible for us to track military rank data as they tend to be highly classified, but the Soviet submarine K-162 (renamed K-222 in 1978) is alleged to be the fastest underwater man-made object ever.
13. Fastest Tank
Developed by British Repaircraft PLC, the S 2000 Scorpion Peacekeeper tank achieved a world record speed of 51.10 mph (82.23 km/h) at the QinetiQ vehicle test track, Chertsey, UK, on 26 March 2002.
12. Fastest Helicopter
Most helicopters are built for hovering, not for speed. But the Eurocopter X3 is built for both. Eurocopter X3 is the world’s fastest helicopter and achieved the highest speed of 472 km/h (293 mph) slightly faster than the 250-knot top speed achieved by the Sikorsky X2 compound helicopter in 2010.
11. Fastest Boat
The title of the world’s fastest speed boat belongs to the Spirit of Australia. The wooden speed boat was designed by Ken Warby and built it in a Sydney backyard. The Australian super boat set a new world record of 317.6 mph on the Tumut river on October 8, 1978.
10. Fastest Track Vehicle (unmanned)
A rocket sled is a platform that slides along rail tracks which is propelled by military grade rockets. An unmanned rocket sled has been recorded at Mach 8, over 6,000 miles per hour. While a manned rocket sled achieved a speed of 632 mph.
9. Fastest Eater
Joey Chestnut is the greatest eater in the history. That’s not just us, after learning his records and empirical facts you probably will accept it. The 32 year old Californian from San Jose is now officially ranked world no.1 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating IFOCE after consuming a freaking 73.5 hot dogs with buns in just 10 minutes.
8. Fastest Rapper
Eminem is currently the Guinness world record holder for the most words in a hit single. His “Rap God” packs 1,560 words in just 6 minutes and 4 seconds, which convert into a tongue-twisting average of 4.8 words per seconds.
7. Fastest Ambulance
Dubai has recently unveiled the world’s fastest ambulance. The revamped Lotus Evora is capable of rushing to the emergency scene of an incident at a top speed of 185 mph (300 km/h).
6. Fastest Cruise Missile
At Mach 2.8-3.0, the Indo-Russian BrahMos is the fastest lower altitude missile in the world. Adding to that, a Hypersonic version of the missile, BrahMos-II, is currently under development with speed of Mach 7-8 and it is expected to be ready for testing by 2017.
5. Fastest Crash Test
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The European New Car Assessment Programme or EuroNCAP usually does its safety crash tests at about 40 mph to assign production ratings. However, in 2011, they performed a test at a staggering speed of 120 mph. Probably just for fun.
4. Fastest Spacecraft
As we know, in space, speed can only be measured in relevance to an extraterrestrial object, which in this case is the sun. Therefore the fastest spacecraft speed defined by its heliocentric speed is Helios II. The Helios 2 achieved a much greater geocentric speeds than Juno during the late 1980s, when it was travelling away from the Earth as it moved around the Sun. During that time, Helios 2 was moving away from Earth at a speed of 356,040 km/h (221,232 mph).
3. Fastest Comet
The most favorable contender of this spot is one of the sungrazing comets. A Sungrazing comet is a comet that passes extremely close to the Sun- which is sometime within thousand kilometers to its surface. One prominent group of sungrazing star is Kreutz Sungrazers.
The Great Comet of 1843, which belongs to the Kreutz Sungrazers had an incredibly close perihelion of only 0.005460 AU (where 1 Astronomical Unit is 149 597 871 km). This means it came to within less than 121 000 km of the surface of the Sun. With its escape velocity of 570 km/s at perihelion it became the fastest comet known.
2. Fastest Achievable Speed
According to modern physics, light is the fastest thing in the universe, and its velocity in empty space is a fundamental constant of the nature. The speed of light in a vacuum is exactly 299,792,458 m/s (about 186,282.397 miles per second).
1. Fastest Hypothetical Particle
Tachyons are hypothetical particle which is believed to be faster than the speed of light. The word ‘Tachyon’ was first coined by Gerald Feinberg in 1967, but it was first proposed by German physicist Arnold Sommerfeld. Recent studies and calculations have found that unlike ordinary particles, techyons gain speed while its energy decreases and vice-versa. The slowest speed achieved by techyons is the speed of light.