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Hennessey posted a new teaser Venom F5

22 October 2017

It replaces the Venom GT, a supercar powered by a 1,451-horsepower, twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 engine with a top speed of 270.4 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds.

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 miles per hour which would make it the fastest production auto on earth. Note that the last speed record set another model of the brand - the Hennessey Venom GT.

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We wanted to build the world's fastest auto.

To be built and sold under new company Hennessey Special Vehicles, the F5 promises cutting-edge technology in design, engine development and chassis, with an all-new, original chassis and body.

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The Venom GT was recorded as having a top speed of 270.5mph, but as it only achieved this in one direction it was never officially recorded as a world record. This points to a top speed of 300mph which inches towards 500kmph. That certainly bodes well for an attempt at the production auto speed record. The all-American hypercar will ride on a new platform, conforming to all current regulations to make it street-legal.

Big power is a necessity here, and it seems John Hennessey's new baby will be fitted with a twin-turbo V8 that delivers more output than the Chiron's 1,500 PS 8.0 litre quad-turbo W16 engine.

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To attain that title, the Venom F5 will have to defeat one of the biggest names in the business - Bugatti. Put together, the end product is claimed to weigh almost 500 kg less than the almost two tonne Chiron (kerb weight). Bugatti says there are no tyres capable of both withstanding the - unlimited - round-about 290mph top speed of the Chiron and surviving day-to-day use.