Don’t tell Bugatti.
Poor Bugatti. Not long ago, the automaker was celebrating the Chiron’s 0-249-0 mph speed record, only to be beaten by the formidable Koenigsegg Agera RS which achieved the same run over five seconds faster. It was a crushing defeat, but at least Bugatti had another ace up its sleeve. Next year, the Chiron will be attempting to set a new production car speed record to try and beat the Veyron Super Sport’s 268 mph world record. However, Hennessey may have already beaten Bugatti to it, smashing the record by a significant margin.
Hennessey has posted an intriguing teaser photo on its social media channels showing the upcoming Venom F5 speeding past a street sign that says “speed limit 300,” implying that the highly anticipated hypercar has hit, or possibly even exceeded, 300 mph which would make it the fastest production car on earth. There could be a clue in the name, as the Venom F5 is named after the F5 tornado which is the fastest and most powerful wind on Earth generating gusts between 261 mph and 318 mph. It’s worth noting that Bugatti has previously said that the Chiron could probably hit 300 mph, but there aren’t any street legal tires that can cope with the forces generated at those speeds.
Perhaps Hennessey has found a suitable set of rubbers that can withstand such extreme speed. Hennessey has already outlined its ambition to beat Bugatti and make the Venom F5 the world’s fastest production car, promising that the hypercar will reach speeds exceeding 290 mph. It’s being built in Texas by the company’s new division Hennessey Special Vehicles, and is expected to produce over 1,451 horsepower when it's revealed later this year. We won’t have long to find out if Hennessey has set a new production car record as the company will be making an official announcement later today, so stay tuned.