This Will Be The Fastest Car In The World At 290MPH

If there's one thing America's not good at doing, it's finishing second. When John Hennessey's Venom GT topped 270 mph to best the Bugatti Veyron's 268 earlier this year, another European carmaker jumped in and boasted a projected 280 mph: Koenigsegg and his One:1. It didn't take long for the world's fastest Texan to fight back, and he's now revealed the Venom F5. Yes, it's named after a tornado. And snake venom. It's a very heavily evolved version of the Venom GT, and all the calculations point to the new Snakenado being capable of 290 mph.

The body, of course, is pure carbon fiber. Every piece from the old Venom GT has been redesigned and replaced. The end result is a car that's shaved off almost 10 percent of the total drag—something that matters a lot once you've gone past the 250 mph barrier.

Pushing the car as hard as it can through the air is essentially the same 7.0 liter twin turbo V8 that powered the Venom GT, but now Hennessey is stretching the engine's capabilities to the very limit. Final horsepower figures aren't available, but it's safe to assume that a number like 1,400 hp is very much in play here.

As if that weren't enough, the car's not just about top speed, either. There's a traction control system that's GPS based, so it can be programmed to know before you even hit the throttle that you're going to spin your wheels at a given corner. 

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's not sure when or where the top speed wars will end, but he likes where they're headed.