With the recent launch of the hydrogen powered Toyota Mirai we've had hydrogen vehicles on our mind, so we compiled a list of the ten fastest ever made.


10.) BMW H2R

Speed: 187.62 MPH

Using a V12 from the 760i modified to run on hydrogen and a very slippery body with a drag coefficient of .21, this BMW car set nine FIA certified hydrogen combustion records:

"Flying-start kilometre: 11.99 s 187.62 mph

Flying-start mile: 19.91 s 181.85 mph

Standing-start 1/8 kilometre: 9.92 s 45.62 mph

Standing-start 1/4 kilometre: 14.93 s 60.62 mph

Standing-start 1/2 mile: 17.27 s 65.15 mph

Standing-start mile: 36.73 s 98.60 mph

Standing-start 10 miles: 221.05 s 163.81 mph

Standing-start kilometre: 26.56 s 84.72 mph

Standing-start 10 kilometres: 146.41 s 153.90 mph"

Suggested By: themanwithsauce, Photo Credit: BMW


9.) Rocket Powered Bicycle

Speed: 207 MPH

If you have an incredibly low sense of self preservation then boy do I have the bike for you! This bicycle ridden by insane frenchmen Francois Gissy hit 207 mph at Paul Ricard and pummeled a Ferrari 430 Scuderia in a straight line.

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Suggested By: POD, Photo Credit: Exotic Thermo Engineering/Swiss Rocketman via Facebook


8.) Ford Fusion 999

Speed: 207.297 MPH

It would be stretching it to call this a Fusion since it was built on a tubular chassis and weighs 6,700 lbs., but it is extremely fast. It uses hydrogen fuel cells to power a 770 hp electric motor that sends power to the rear wheels via a 6 speed manual. It was good for 207 MPH at Boneville.

Suggested By: autojim, Photo Credit: Ford


7.) Buckeye Bullet 2

Speed: 302.887 MPH

Built by students at Ohio State University who clearly had never heard of beer pong, this vehicle holds the FIA record for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Does anyone else feel like their college education was a waste?

Suggested By: Stig-a-saw-us-wrecks, Photo Credit: Buckeye Bullet


6.) Vanishing Point

Speed: 386 MPH, 3.58 sec 1/4 mile

Piloted by Englishman Sammy Miller, this hydrogen peroxide powered rocket dragster holds theofficial quarter mile record, but more on that later.

Suggested By: Redbulldidlo, Photo Credit: vetechnet.com


5.) Kitty O'Neil's Rocket Powered Dragster

Speed: 412 MPH, 3.22 sec 1/4 mile

Unlike Sammy Miller's record, Kitty O'Neil's record in her rocket powered dragster isn't recognized by the FIA or NHRA but it still stands as the quickest 1/4 mile ever recorded. Wherever you stand on the official vs. unofficial debate, both are insanely fast.

Suggested By: Auto-Tunned Eli Manning, Photo Credit: OMCA Collections


4.) X-43A

Speed: Mach 9.6 (~7,000 MPH)

This NASA aircraft never made it past the experimental stage, but not before setting a speed record for the fastest jet powered aircraft.

Suggested By: Brian, The Life of, Photo Credit: NASA


3.) Space Shuttle

Speed: 17,000 MPH

Technically, as reader DennyCraneDennyCraneDennyCrane points out, this is a hybrid since it uses rockets to get it up in the air, but the main engines are powered by pure liquid hydrogen.

Suggested By: DennyCraneDennyCraneDennyCrane, Photo Credit: Matthew Simantov


2.) Saturn V

Speed: 24,500 MPH

Like the Space Shuttle, the Saturn V is a hybrid and a damn fast one too.

Suggested By: Arch Duke Maxyenko, SHAZAM!, Photo Credit: NASA


1.) Helios

Speed: 157,087 MPH

Since the two Helios probes are in orbit around the sun, which is made of hydrogen, they technically are the fastest hydrogen powered vehicles ever made.

Suggested By: DennyCraneDennyCraneDennyCrane, Photo Credit: NASA

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