Faster and even more furious
By Darren Liggett Published 15 August 2014
TWO of the world’s fastest cars, the Bugatti Veyron and the Hennessey Venom GT, are about to get a whole lot faster with the introduction of two new models.
Nine years ago the Bugatti Veyron became the world’s fastest production car as it clocked an incredible top speed of 268mph.
Hot on its heels was the Hennessey Venom GT when it raced into the record books topping 270.49mph.
The first of the new breed of hypercars will be the Hennessey Venom F5 — the F5 being a reference to the strongest catagory of tornado, with winds of 261 to 318mph.
The step up from the Venom GT’s 270.49-mph world record speed will come from both an increase in power and a reduction in drag from the carbon-fibre body.
The next-generation twin-turbo powertrain is still under development, but turbo size for the longitudinally mounted V8 is increased, and the fuel system and intercooler capacity are upgraded to handle the demands of increased boost.
Hard numbers for power are not yet available, but it’s conceivable that output could exceed 1400 bhp.
The Venom F5 will be unveiled in 2015 with deliveries late 2016.
Not to be outdone Bugatti has announced a new Bugatti Veyron, with performance credentials so wild its top speed will be difficult to prove, according to an exclusive report in Autocar magazine.
Bugatti insiders revealed that the new model, expected to go on sale in 2016, could have a top speed of 286mph and a 0-62mph time of 2.3sec, if current computer simulations are to be believed.
The car will feature a hybrid powertrain based on the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine featured in the Veyron, and will generate close to 1500bhp.
The new vehicle is being built around a carbonfibre monocoque and will seat two in what is planned to be a highly luxurious cabin.