What is considered a fast quarter-mile time for a car?

I love going to trivia nights with my friends. Next week’s theme is “cars” and I know nothing! Can you help me brush up on some fun facts? Like, what’s considered a fast quarter-mile time for a car?

Maxine Boyko · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
There’s so much to learn, isn’t there?! Here are a few fun facts about fast quarter-mile times:
  • A fast quarter-mile run time for a production car is roughly under 11 seconds.
  • The 2021
    Tesla Model S
    Plaid currently holds the fastest quarter-mile speed time for production vehicles, at 9.23 seconds.
If we’re talking about professional racing vehicles, however, the numbers drop to unbelievably low times—the fastest quarter-mile run time recorded for a car is 3.22 seconds, performed by Sammy Miller at the Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
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