Two hypercars coming to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March are poised to enter the history books by becoming the first production cars to register a top speed over 300 miles per hour.
At least, that’s what their manufacturers say. The Corebellati Missile, built by Italy-based Corebellati, and the Hennessy Venom F5, built by the Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering, are the latest machines positioned to claim the mantle of “World’s Fastest Car,” assuming they live up to expectations. The current record holder is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which topped out at 284 miles per hour in November 2017.
While crafting a car so supremely fast doesn’t require 1.21 Gigawatts, it definitely calls for a tremendous amount of sophisticated hardware. For those who understand souped-up car speak, the Venom F5 carries a V8 engine with more than 1,600 horsepower. It’s built entirely out of carbon fiber, and it weighs less than 3,000 pounds. With this combination of power and a delicate build, the Venom F5 can accelerate from a standstill to 186 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds. Hennessey Performance hasn’t tried measuring its top speed, but the carmaker predicts it will clock in at more than 300 miles per hour.
Not to be outdone, the Corebellati Missile is also a ridiculous testament to humankind’s definitely-not-overcompensating need for speed. The Italian car also runs on a V8 engine with an even more absurd 1,800 horsepower. Corebellati claims that the Missile can hit a top speed of 311 miles per hour, although there hasn’t been an official measurement yet.
If you too have an insatiable desire to drive really, really fast, you can purchase the Venom for 1.6 million dollars, though there’s no figure on the Missile yet. It may seem like a steep offer, but can you put a price on a world record?