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Hennessey Venom F5 Could Be First Road Car To Break 300 MPH

Hennessey finally unveiled their new Venom at the Geneva Motor Show, and it's packing some serious speed.

The company has been teasing the F5 for nearly a year at this point, and now we’re finally able to see the ultra-rare production—Hennessey is only making 24 of the Venom F5 and says half have already been sold at their $1.6 million asking price. According to The Verge, The most exciting aspect of the new vehicle is that it has been propounded that it might be the first road car to break the 300 miles per hour mark. John Hennessey, the company’s founder, said in a statement, “It’s no question of if we will break 300 mph, but a question of when.”

The Hennessey Venom F5’s 1,600 horsepower twin-turbo V8 is supposedly capable of pushing the car to 301 miles per hour. The car’s carbon fiber monocoque is surrounded my aluminum and comes in at a relatively light 1,360 kgs (just under 3,000 lbs). It can reach 186 mph in under 10 seconds, and reach 250 and get back to zero in 30. Nonetheless, it still remains to be seen if the automobile can break 300 mph.

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300 mph remains one of the last achievable milestones in the world of road cars. Brands such as Bugatti and Koenigsegg have been trying to achieve the feat for awhile now, with the later reaching a 284 mph in the fall of 2017. There are also a variety of smaller companies trying to attain the goal as well.

There are more issues at hand than just a vehicle's engine and body being able to help propel a vehicle to 300 mph, including solving problems like stopping a car’s tires from blowing apart, not to mention a human being’s mind and body being able to withstand the tension while behind the wheel. So, in reality, even if one were to somehow purchase the absurdly expensive and rare beast of a machine, it would remain unlikely that they would ever be able to reach the speed themselves. It is, however, an excellent way to get people to spend an absurd amount of money on a vehicle that is yet to even break the record it’s attempting to.

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