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The Hennessey Venom GT is already quite ludicrous as it is. First of all, the car costs US$1.4 million in the USA and for that money, you get yourself a massive 7.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which produces 1,244 hp and 1,564 Nm of torque.

That’s more than enough to hit a top speed of 435 km/h to register an unofficial world record as being the fastest production car in the world, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and its mere 431 km/h top speed. Why unofficial?

Well, the Guinness World Records requires two runs in opposite directions to obtain an average speed. Since the Venom GT wasn’t able to do this on the NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre’s runway in Florida in 2014, the record books remain unchanged, with the Bugatti is still technically remaining the champion.

However, technicalities are not a concern to Hennessey, who are remaining committed to its “record-setting” supercar by stuffing more power because that’s exactly what it needs more of. “Being the fastest matters”, said company founder and president, John Hennessey.

How much more power? Well, the 7.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine is now capable of running on E85 Flexfuel, allowing boost pressure to be bumped to 26 psi from 19 psi. This translates to a power output of 1,451 hp at 7,200 rpm, a gain of 207 hp.

To keep the 1,244 kg car planted, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are fitted with the support of GPS-based traction control system. Hennessey have also quoted some performance figures to better explain what its car is capable of. Ready?

From a standstill it takes just 2.4 seconds to hit 60 mph (96 km/h), 4.4 seconds to reach 100 mph (161 km/h), and 12.8 seconds to see 200 mph (322 km/h). In a quarter-mile (0.4 km) drag race, the Venom GT will be able to make the run in just 9.4 seconds with an end speed of 167 mph (269 km/h). As for the car’s top speed, it’s rated in excess of 280 mph (450 km/h)!

Of course, we hope Hennessey will attempt to officially dethrone the Bugatti Veyron to become the fastest car in the world. However, it should be mindful that Bugatti is already working on a new record-setter itself. Care to place your bets on who will reign as the top speed king?

2015 Hennessey Venom GT