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Hennessey Venom F5 aims to beat Bugatti Chiron's 304-mph record

The American automaker is confident it can hit 310 mph.

Hennessey Performance is apparently eager to one-up Bugatti after a Chiron surpassed the elusive 300-mph barrier.

Bugatti's 304.77-mph run was achieved in a "near production" car modified with more aerodynamic body components, a 1,600-horsepower engine tune and special tires that had been X-ray inspected for flaws.

"Congrats to our friends @bugatti on your 304 mph run!" Hennessey posted on social media. "Such a massive achievement and we accept the challenge!"

The Texas-based tuner's Venom F5 aims to be the fastest road car on earth. It is powered by a twin-turbo V8 delivering 1,600 horsepower, while the carbon body has been designed with a drag coefficient of just 0.33 and contributes to a curb weight of less than 3,000 pounds.

Hennessey will presumably aim to hit the 500km mark (310.7 mph) with the Venom F5.

The title of "world's fastest production car" has been shrouded in debate for several years over the exact definition of "production" in terms of modifications and the number of vehicles manufactured. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport achieved an average of 267.9 mph on a two-way average in 2010, succeeded in 2017 by the Koenigsegg Agera RS with a 277.9 mph run.

Bugatti's 304-mph achievement is mostly symbolic, as it involved a prototype vehicle and was not averaged from two runs in opposite directions. The French marque has no plans to try for an official world record.

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