Fresh off a modified Bugatti Chiron prototype hitting a record 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h), Hennessey Performance congratulated the French car manufacturer on Instagram while issuing a statement of intent.
In the past 12 months or so, car manufacturers such as Hennessey and Koenigsegg have been suggesting that they will look to smash through the 300 mph barrier as it seemed Bugatti wasn’t interested in chasing a new production car top speed record. Now with Bugatti taking that prize, even though the Chiron prototype wasn’t a production model (at least not yet), Hennessey says it wants to be the first to reach 310 mph or 500 km/h.
The Texas tuner-turned-carmaker has been developing its upcoming Venom F5 for quite some time and appears confident that it can exceed the speed recorded by its French rival.
The Hennessey Venom F5 will be underpinned by a lightweight and strong carbon fiber chassis and powered by a twin-turbocharged 7.6-liter V8 engine delivering 1600 hp and 1300 lb-ft (1760 Nm) of torque. Hennessey is also promising the Venom F5 will be an absolute animal off the line and may be able to reach 186 mph (300 km/h) in under ten seconds.
As Bugatti recorded the Chiron prototype’s 304.773 mph top speed in a single run, it doesn’t qualify for a Guinness world record as that would require a two-way average to be posted. In addition, the Chiron prototype isn’t a production model but rather a “near-production prototype.” It is speculated that Bugatti could unveil the long-rumored Chiron Super Sport in the coming weeks.