One of the most important question supercar fans around the globe want to know is, “who has the fastest?” Surprisingly, in the current climate it is not from the genius of Ferrari or Lamborghini, but a couple of perhaps lesser-known manufacturers who are vying for the crown. The answer, is also not so clear cut, and there is a huge debate over the crown of the ‘official fastest car in the world.’
Hennessey, a Texan-based supercar manufacturer, has taken the crown of the fastest road going car in the world, reaching a top speed of over 270 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in February 2014. The car in question is the Hennessey Venom GT, which was first manufactured in 2010.
While the Venom GT is still not officially recognised as the fastest production car in the world as only 12 have ever been made – officially 30 have to be manufactured for this to be the case – it is widely accepted that it is the fastest. The record attempt in February was the first time that a production car was recorded breaking the 270 mph mark and was seen as a great success for Hennessey who took the crown off the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (which still holds the title of ‘official fastest car in the world’).
The Veyron Super Sport, which had previously been recognised as the fastest car in the world, has been clocked at an impressive 269.86 mph. Despite still holding the title of official fastest car in the world, Bugatti has been quick to look for a response to this new pretender to the crown and representatives of the manufacturer have announced that tests will be carried out on a new EB16.4 Veyron, which has so far been quoted as being, ‘too fast to test.’
These appear to be exciting times for supercar production, with Bugatti and Hennessey trying to outdo each other. Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg is also one to look out for in the future, but are keeping their manufacturing plans more secretive than Hennessey and Bugatti.
Bugatti is hoping to release the EB16.4 Veyron in 2016, but far from resting on their laurels, Hennessey also plans to release a new model, the Venom F5, in the same year. It is clear that the race to manufacture the fastest production car in the world is really hotting up as both hope to pass the 290 mph barrier with their next car. If you would like to try out your own supercar in the UK, Supercar Experiences has a Bugatti hire option as well as many other supercar options for you to test out.