Production of the World’s Fastest Hypercar Candidates Threatened?
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ hypercar is likely to hold the world record for production cars for a long time. Perhaps until next year, since it was created in September 2019 at the Volkswagen test facility in Ehra-Lessien. The record is 490.48 km / h.
Why did it take so long? Because the potential rival Hennessey Venom F5 has postponed the launch schedule for six months. According to a number of internal sources quoted on the Motorauthority website, the car will still be launched despite the delayed agenda. The Venom F5 hypercar was first unveiled to the public at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, America, in November 2017 without an engine or interior.
The development project went backwards. Manufacturers need additional time to maximize aerodynamic development and achieve the vehicle’s top speed target. To convince the public that the Venom F5 project is not yet complete, manufacturer Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has released a series of photos of the super-fast vehicle’s carbon fiber chassis.
The development of this custom chassis (bespoke as Hennessey) took two years. The chassis weight is only 88,189 kg. To keep up with the vehicle’s tremendous speed and power, the chassis has a torsional stiffness (rigidity) of 52,014 Nm of torque per degree.
HPE announced that this car will use a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 1,817 hp and 1,618 Nm of torque at a peak power of 8000 rpm. Well, this confirms the manufacturer’s statement last October that Venom will receive an additional power of 1,800 hp, not the originally planned 1,600 plus.
HPE’s goal to develop Venom F5 is to break the world record speed of 480 km / h with an actual figure of 497 km / h. With a drag coefficient of 0.33, the Venom F5 does not need 1,817 horsepower to reach that speed. According to HPE engineers, based on the results of CFD tests, only 1,520 hp is needed to reach a speed of 480 km/h. If power is up to 1,800 hp, a speed of nearly 500 km / h may be easy to achieve.
Texas-based manufacturer Amrik also announced that the car price has increased from the previous plan price of $1.6 million to $1.8 million.