The Modern Hypercar Battle – Comparison

On Saturday November 4th, 2017 on State HWY-160 south west of Las Vegas, Nevada, Koenigsegg Automotive AB attempted 2 runs to test their Agera RS for its top speed capability. Cutting straight to the chase, on average the completely stock Agera RS managed 277.9 mph, breaking the previous production car world speed record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (267.9 mph)

Previous Record Attempts:

Looking back over the past 20 or so years, the production car record has been set as follows: in 1998 the McLaren F1 hit and recorded 221mph (355 kph), in 2005 the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 recorded 253mph(408 kph) and then in 2010 the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse (bottom left) recorded a new world record of the aforementioned 267 mph (431 kph) which was unbeaten until Koenigsegg dropped the hammer of course.

 

A little confusion had been caused due to the Hennessey Venom GT (top right) since it had managed to hit an alleged top speed of 270 mph (435 kph) on a Florida air strip in 2014…but unfortunately the GT never officially qualified for the Guinness world record because there were only 12 working models made for it which did not full fill the 25 consumer cars qualifying requirement. Also during the run, the Venom GT only ran in one direction and hit 270 mph but to neglect any variances in inclination and tail wind the world record requires vehicles to attempt two runs in opposite directions and take the average of the speeds recorded for both. Not only did the GT achieve an unofficial “fastest production car top speed” but in 2013 it also managed to go from 0-200 mph in 14.5 seconds which unofficially made it the fastest accelerating production car on the planet after the Koenigsegg Agera R.The Venom GT is a super sports car based on the Lotus Exige design platform and produced around 1250 hp and 1150 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels using its massive 7.0L LSX Twin turbocharged V8.

What the scene looks like now:

Today in 2017 though, all the confusion has come to rest as in these past 2-3 months a number of records and revelations have been made. In early November, Koenigsegg demolished the fastest production car speed record in Nevada by reaching an official 277.9 mph (average),in October Hennessy Performance Engineering unveiled their new successor to the Venom GT, the Venom F5 at SEMA 2017 and then all the way back in August the Bugatti Chiron attempted a 0-400-0 kph run and set a new benchmark at 42 seconds (which the Agera RS beat later on). If you already couldn’t tell but I think it would be right to say that the 3 top super/hyper cars gunning for 300mph are the aforementioned companies from Sweden, the US and Germany. Henessey is so confident in their new Venom F5 that they claim (unofficially) that it can reach speeds above 300mph if given a long enough stretch of road and appropriate conditions, whereas Bugatti has not claimed anything yet and still has to give an attempt to the Chirons top speed. As of now though all we can do is judge their individual specifications:

2017 Bugatti Chiron:

-8.0L W16/ 4 Turbochargers/Longitudinal producing 1480hp and 1180lb-ft of torque

-Est. top speed of 288mph and 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds

-AWD/7 speed Dual Clutch Transmission/ 4400 lbs

 

2019 Hennessey Venom F5 (Concept)

-7.4 L V8/ 2 Turbochargers/Longitudinal producing 1600hp and 1300 lb-ft of torque (unofficial)

-Est. top speed of 301 mph and 0-60 mph in <2.2 seconds

-RWD/7-speed Single clutch Auto Transmission/2.900lbs

 

 2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS 

-5.0 L V8/ 2 Turbochargers/ Longitudinal producing 1350 hp and 1150 lb-ft

-Achieved top speed of 284 mph and 0-60mph <3.0 seconds

-RWD/ 7-speed Dual clutch Semi-auto transmission/ 3075 lbs

 

 

 

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