Can Hennessey steal the title of “World’s Fastest” from Koenigsegg?

If you somehow missed out on the most recent news in automotive speed records, the hypercar company Koenigsegg has just managed to claim five new records for their own with the amazing Koenigsegg Agera RS.

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The feat was managed in the hot Nevada desert on a stretch of road about 11 miles long. While there, the car managed to go from 0-249mph-0 in just 33.29 seconds. The time of 0-249 was achieved in a blistering 24 seconds even, with the stop taking a quick 9.29 seconds. While not Koenigsegg’s focus, the car also did the quarter mile in 9.96 seconds.

Certainly impressive.

The Agera RS wasn’t done there. It managed to achieve an average speed of 277.87, in two directions, and a top speed of 284.55 setting two new worlds records!

Koenigsegg took home even more records, which were that for the highest speed ever recorded on a public road, hitting 284.55,  (previously set at 269mph in 1938) as well as highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road (268mph), and highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road (268.74mph).

It’s clearly time to celebrate. Or is it?

John Hennesey, whom you may have heard of from his Hennessey Venom GT, in addition to a slew of drama in the car community, brought out his newest addition to the hypercar world, the F5, at SEMA this year. According to Hennessey, the car will have over 1,600hp and be capable of exceeding 300 miles per hour for its top speed. Surely this means the car could beat the Agera’s recently attained records, right?

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Well, when it comes to Hennessey and records, it’s not that cut and dry. While the specs are surely impressive, there isn’t yet any true proof of the car’s capabilities, and no one actually has an F5 in their possession yet, aside from the car Hennessey has.

In addition, Hennessey has never broken an official world record. As Top Gear put it,

“Despite going quicker than the Veyron Super Sport, the Venom can’t call itself the fastest production car in the world, at least not in the eyes of Guinness. See, to qualify for a Guinness speed record, a car must make two runs, one in either direction, with the two top speeds averaged out for the official time.”

Couple this with the fact that many debated the Venom GT’s legitimacy as a production car because of its chassis being based on a Lotus Exige (and according to some reports, even the official vehicle title states the car is a Lotus), and you have some very muddy waters.

So can Hennessey shake the image of an unreliable boutique builder and take down one of the world’s most iconic hypercar companies?

We will just have to wait and see.

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