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Pagani Huayra: 230 miles per hour (370.1 kilometers per hour)

The Pagani Huayra

(Courtesy of Pagani Automobili S.p.A.)

The Pagani Huayra comes from Italy, like so many record-setting cars before it. Though Pagani has only been established since 1992, the company quickly gained a reputation among motorsports enthusiasts, both for its amazing cars and its gift for working with carbon fiber -- the strong, lightweight, expensive material that's become one of the go-to composites for six- and even seven-figure vehicles. In fact, the company's founder, Argentinian Horacio Pagani, formerly managed composite materials for Lamborghini. The Huayra was introduced in 2011. It's powered by a twin-turbo, 6-liter, V-12 engine borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, and the Huayra is known for its track prowess as well as its speed in a straight line. There was a bit of drama in February of 2013, when the Huayra broke the record for the lap time on the test track at the television show "Top Gear" and was promptly accused of using illegal tires, but the smoke cleared and the "Top Gear" record stood. It's not the Guinness Book record for the fastest top speed, of course, but the Huayra can obviously excel in different environments, and we do love a multitasker.

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