Simple question, really. Which out of the following cars do you think would be traveling fastest at the end of a standing kilometre?

Before you try to put cars in order, a few things to bear in mind.

One, launch control; some of the cars have it, some don’t – and that can be a crucial factor when it’s a standing start “one run and you’re out” competition.

Two, manual gearbox versus paddle shift; again, in a one-run challenge it’s MUCH easier to fluff a gear change in a manual than in it is in an auto or in a car with a flappy-paddle shift.

Three, we’re looking for the highest terminal speed at the kilometre post, not the fastest time against the clock; they are not always one and the same thing.

So here’s your list; Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Ferrari 458 Italia, Mercedes SLS, Lexus LFA, Ariel Atom 245, Noble M600, Audi R8 V10.