2. Hennessey Venom GT
Top Speed: 265 mph – Now coming to the most controversial hypercar of this decade, the Hennessey Venom GT. There was a huge furor when Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering claimed it had recorded a top speed of 265mph and technically it’s the fastest production car as the top speed of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is limited to 258mph. There were massive protests and vehement appeals from both sides but ultimately Veyron was crowed as the fastest. A lot of people debunk the claims of Hennessey and say the Venom GT is a Lotus Exige which has been souped-up to go fast and technically it isn’t legally a production car. But we decided to add the Venom GT to the list as the lotus Exige chassis is heavily modified to be used for the hypercar and the company has set-up dealerships in and outside the US. It has sold 11 Venom GTs up till now and should qualify as a production car. And the fact that it achieved the top speed of 265mph on a 2 mile long runway is absolutely amazing. Those who have driven the car have said that the Venom GT is nothing like any other hypercar but is pure race-bred machine. The Youtube video of the hypercar attempting to break the record is awe-inspiring and went viral. And recent news has just come in that it has recorded a top speed of 270mph which was supervised by NASA. But run on both the direction was not made so it can’t be accepted as official.
How does it do it? The Hennessey Venom GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8 engine delivering an insane 1,244hp at the rear wheels, and it weighs just 1,244 kg giving it a perfect 1hp per kg or 1000hp per ton.
Price – The 1200hp Venom GT is priced at $ 1 million
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Top Speed: 267 mph – And finally the undisputed king of speed, the Bugatti Veyron. Technically, there should be two Veyrons in the list, the original Veyron 16.4 which has set the record in 2005 and the Veyron Super sport which is the current champion, but they are basically the same car with the same engine but reworked to go faster, so we stuck with one. Just like the McLaren F1, the Bugatti Veyron needs no introduction and is arguably the most well-engineered car in the history of automobiles. Unlike most of the other cars in the list and similar hypercars, the Veyron is not devoid of driver comfort and rather is one of the most luxurious cars in the world today. The exquisitely built exterior is matched by an even better interior which has been made using some of the best materials. The Veyron weighs over two tons which is very, very heavy for a hypercar but it still continues to be the fastest car in the world, and nothing explains it better. It holds the Guinness World Records verified top speed of 267mph (which is an average of the top speed in both the direction while attempting to break the record) and had even achieved the top speed of 269mph while attempting the record breaking run.
How it does it? Only if you need reminding, the Bugatti Veyron is powered by an 8.0 L W16 quad-turbocharged engine that has been tuned to produce 1200hp for the Super Sport version.
Price – The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is priced at £1.7 million or $2.8 million making it one of the most expensive cars in the world.