AUG 05th 2014
Hennessey Venom F5: How far‑off is a 300mph road car?
The title of ‘World’s Fastest Car’ has been particularly hotly contested of late. In recent years it’s been held by the Bugatti Veyron, Ultimate Aero TT, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and then the Hennessey Venom GT (except that the Venom’s epic 270mph run at the Kennedy Space Centre wasn’t verified by the folks at Guinness, so the official record belongs to the portly Bugatti at 268mph.)
And then there are the contenders from Koenigsegg. The Agera R can theoretically run faster than the 260mph it’s been measured at, and its successor, the One:1, is said to be good for 273mph. But before you think to yourself ‘this is getting stupid’ (which it surely is), the news from Hennessey is that it’s going to build something called the Venom F5 (named after the Tornado classification) which should realise… wait for it … 290mph.
The seven litre Chevy V8 from the Venom GT will be wound-up to around 1400bhp with the use again of two turbos and mated to a new sequential gearbox (although we understand that a manual will still be available), although the Lotus-Elise derived platform will remain. The price should be somewhere in the region of $1.2 million, which seems like remarkable value compared to the other contenders in the list.
So assuming that the car hits its proposed 290mph top speed, who will be the first to reply with a 300mph car?