Bugatti VS Hennessey: The Race To 300mph
The Bugatti Chiron is a fast car, the Chiron Sport is even faster. But with a limited top speed of 261mph, Bugatti weren't really trying to break that 300mph (482kph) barrier. The interesting thing about the Chiron is that it's top speed is actually slower than that of it's 2005 predecessor - the Veyron, which was capable of 267mph.
However, this doesn't really matter as the Chiron is capable of hitting much higher speeds than the Veyron, but Bugatti decided to limit it due to safety reasons. The Chiron is predicted to be able to reach the 310mph mark, but there are currently no tyres that are stable enough to survive the pressure of the 16 cylinder hypercar's top speed; meaning a high speed crash would be likely to happen. The question is, how long will it take for a tyre strong enough to take the Chiron's forces take to be made, and will it happen before Hennessey release the Venom F5?
Many of you will have heard of the Hennessey Venom - the American hypercar with a top speed of 270mph and is up there with the likes of the Agera R. The Hennessey Venom F5 is the company's next model, which hasn't been release yet. As a result of this, we are unable to compare it to the Chiron - the only difference we know of so far is that the F5 isn't road legal, unlike the Chiron. Don't be too disappointed though, Hennessey are considering a roadster version of the F5 which is meant to hit 300mph just like the regular version.
Bugatti have been quieter about their plans regarding reaching the 300mph barrier for their cars, whereas Hennessey are very keen to show their plans. John Hennessey, the founder, states that "We've designed the Venom F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched." - this is a bold prediction as we are meant to have cars fueled by non-fossil fuel methods in the next 20 or so years; meaning performance is likely to climb massively.
So who will win the race to 300mph? Only time will tell. Hennessey revealed the Venom F5 in 2017, with the intent of starting high-speed tests in September 2019, which is just a month away at the time of writing! Hennessey definitely have the advantage right now as they have plans to release the full specifications of the car in early 2020. In an interview with Top Gear, the American company revealed that they will not switch to electric engines as they prefer the classic petrol engines we all know and love.
Bugatti have not yet revealed their plans, and have actually said that they are not chasing after the constant speed records. I'm not too sure I believe them though; when the right tyre for the Chiron joins the fight, I think we will see a head-to-head fight, until Koenigsegg arrive at the scene anyway...
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