Hennessey has unveiled the Venom F5, which will attempt to break the 300mph barrier for a production vehicle.
The manufacturer designed the car from the ground up so that it would be light and powerful enough to breach the seemingly ludicrous speed mark, with the F5’s aerodynamically-efficient design also helping it punch through the air.
It is fitted with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 1,600bhp and can go from 0-186mph in less than 10 seconds. Hennessey also says the F5 will go from 0-249mph – a mark that has become increasingly popular with hypercar manufacturers Bugatti and Koenigsegg – in less than 30 seconds, making it the fastest production car in the world.
These performance figures mean it would be faster than the current line-up of Formula One cars in a straight line and reach a much higher top speed.
The model will be fitted with a seven-speed single-clutch transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which directs all the power to the rear wheels.
Hennessey says only 24 examples will be sold to the general public and the Venom F5 will have a starting price of £1.2million.
CEO and founder John Hennessey said: “We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched.
“The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line.”