It was a crushing defeat, but at least Bugatti had another ace up its sleeve. It holds many world records in the top speed department, some of which that are disputed due to the discussion on if the vehicle is a production auto because it is based on a Lotus.
Hennessey is planning to unveil the new Venom F5 at the 2017 SEMA show in just a couple of weeks. Assuming the Venom F5 moves the game on, the Chiron will be looking warily over its shoulder, with Hennessey touting a Bugatti-matching power output for the F5. It's worth noting that Bugatti has previously said that the Chiron could probably hit 300 miles per hour, but there aren't any street legal tires that can cope with the forces generated at those speeds.
The current world record for the fastest production road auto is held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition, with a speed of 258mph (415kph). Developed by the new Hennessey Special Vehicles division, the new auto will have more than 1,451 horsepower (1,082kW) and be built in Texas. We won't have long to find out if Hennessey has set a new production auto record as the company will be making an official announcement later today, so stay tuned. Whether they fit specific rubber to achieve a top speed record, and then supply customer cars with tyres suited to regular use, or seek-out a tyre supplier to make bespoke boots for the 300mph job, we'll no doubt find out.
The Chiron is electronically limited to a top speed of 420 km/h, and the company won't attempt to test its unrestricted top speed until 2018.
Other than these telling images, Hennessey has not revealed that much information about the new Venom F5. Tipping the scales close to two tonnes, even with 1479bhp, the Chiron somehow looks likely to be well beaten on the power-to-weight front.