Which Automaker Will Reach 300 MPH First? [Poll]
Earlier this week Hennessey gave us a sample of its 290 mph, 1,400-horsepower American hypercar dubbed the Venom F5. It's more than a worthy successor to the current generation Venom, and it promises to be lighter, faster, and even more powerful. And 290 mph sure is fast, wouldn’t you say? But which automaker will be the first to hit 300 mph? Like Hennessey, there are a number of other hypercar manufacturers aiming for the world speed record. All of which already have reputable vehicles under their belts hitting speeds of 250 mph or more. It’s just a matter of which company is crazy enough to make it happen. Here are a few options. Bugatti
French automaker Bugatti is the king of speed. That is, of course, if John Hennessey had nothing to say about it. While we’re already anticipating a Veyron replacement, we can’t help but feel the rivalry between Bugatti and Hennessey is about to get more competitive.
290 mph will probably just be the tipping point for Bugatti.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Bugatti Veyron
At one point in time, SSC did have the fastest car in the world with the Ultimate Aero. While those days are long gone, its new Tuatara is still probably going to be in the top five fastest cars in the world. But if SSC really wants to make an impact, a 300 mph hypercar might be the way to go.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2011 SSC Tuatara
Pagani isn’t known so much for speed as it is finesse and jaw-dropping good looks. But the Huayra and the Zonda are both stupid fast in certain specs, so it would be only natural to throw their name into the mix.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Pagani Huayra
Quietly, in 2008, the 9ff GT9-R became one of the (alleged) fastest cars in the world at 257 mph. Like the Hennessey Venom, it's a re-bodied sports car (Porsche 911) with a massive engine. Although 9ff is gone from people's minds for the time being, and in the middle of a bankruptcy hearing, the German tuning house could make a splash with a hypercar of epic proportions. If they ever find any money.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Cam Shaft 9ff Porsche 911 Turbo
It’s only a matter of time before Steve Saleen finally gets fed up with the antics had by John Hennessey and his gang of outlaws. After all, Saleen was one of America's first high-performance shops (since 1983). But for now the verdict is still out on whether Saleen can even build a car capable of 250 mph. Heck, throw a few superchargers under the hood and anything is possible.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2008 Saleen S5S Raptor Concept
Did you expect us to leave Hennessey off of this list? With the Venom F5 claiming 290 mph, it’s only a matter of time before those crazy Texans are looking for more…
So, who will it be? Which one of these six do you think will reach 300 mph first? Vote here or tell us in the comments below (can't see the poll? Click here).
PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Hennessey Venom F5