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Behold the One Car Bugatti Fears

By Caswell, Jalopnik

CHICHESETER, Sussex, England Everyone had to with a playground bully, the kid your size who repeated grade just so he could be and stronger than everyone In the automotive world, that s name is Bugatti, and I saw him back from a fight with even more menacing.

I ve had of the Veyron this. world s that and every other heaped upon the car. I m so it. And so is John Hennessey.

Anyone who cars knows Hennessey. He s the guy who fast cars into fast cars. And he s been up the playground since unveiling the Venom 1000 Twin

But then anything putting 1,200 horsepower from a V10 will impress.


To call the a car is a serious understatement. It goes zero to 200 mph in 20.2 seconds. It isn t a It s a rocket meant to destroy records.

Those fortunate to have driven it still about it, in almost reverential The conversation usually starts, You no idea…

That s exactly how I describe s latest car, the Venom GT. You no idea. It s almost impossible to the Venom GT. The stats help, a

It weighs 2,685 pounds It puts down 1,200 And it does zero to 200 mph in an absolutely 15.9 seconds. That one needs to be repeated:

Zero to 200 mph in seconds.

Check out the video of me in the car up the hill. That look in my is not quite fear, it s more of a How is possible? Is this what feel the first time drive a Formula One car. I m not but the Hennessey Venom GT feels the next fastest thing to a F1

I haven t found one street car that can still turn and beat it. Not only is this fast, corners are its friend, not to pass the time till the straightaway. The car has tons of grip.

Its suspension is super compliant, is impressive given how much it has to put down.

I m sure the guys at Bugatti say they are gentlemen and don t engage in fights. But this wasn t a fight.

And the really shocking — I sat in the car while John Heinricy did a turn in a crazy crowded with no stress. Heinricy was a conversation with me while it, barely worried about the or all the people standing around the The car is that civilized. I m not sure s in it, but somehow that clutch 1,200 angry horsepower and you drive it around like its a BMW with a five-speed .

You can raise the of the car with the push of a button to unusual driveways, which is a thing because if I owned car I would drive it everywhere . The movie theater. Even the store.

Who needs passengers you have 1,200 horsepower?

So. to the speed. It is ungodly. Watch the again. I wake up in the middle of thinking about the speed. it would be like to take like this to the 24 Hours of and pay Porsche and BMW a little visit?

It s just so fast. And our friends at Bugatti must have thinking the same thing.

So we are at the largest automotive playground in the the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And the big boy in the is the Bugatti Veyron SS. So what did we do? We up right behind it on the starting for the hill climb.

John was at the wheel. This man can drive. His lists four professional championships, 11 SCCA national and a trio of FIA World Speed (what a cool thing to on your resume).

He s the reason why so General Motors cars are fast on a racetrack –- he tuned

(If you re curious, here s Heinricy from the back of an SCCA T1

Was it fair? I think so. Heinricy is a guy who grew up in South Dakota and to be fast. Really fast. is a regular guy from Missouri and to build fast cars.

fast cars. Almost his company builds appears to be with 1,000 horsepower. You check the appropriate box on the order as if choosing leather seats or

So both of these guys been at it for a while, and they re good at what they do. But again, this is Bugatti we ve up behind. They ve been since before any of our grandparents born. Hell the company second in the French Grand in 1909.

You d think they handle a car built in the United by a company based in a Texas known more for mattresses anything else.

So what Did we catch the Bugatti?

We never out.

The Bugatti bitched out on the line and simply pulled to wave us by. WTF? Really? We just stood up to the biggest on the playground and he walked away.

I m to bet the Bugatti guys know all Hennessey and knew exactly was lined up behind them.

knew they were in Better to back down have most of the UK automotive see it go down. I m sure the guys at will say they are gentlemen and don t in street fights. But this t a street fight. It was a hillclimb some of the finest supercars on the

Don t worry Bugatti, Hennessey find you for a proper match in the future.

So what was the Venom GT on the hillclimb? Cool, fast, but extremely normal. I probably have driven it nearly as on my first time out. The comes on smoothly and seems to manage.

Heinricy is good, but it s more than that. built an amazing car.

A look at the super-wide, A-arm suspension lets you know car is packing a ton of power. I stared at it for a long time. I couldn t how the car could put down so much and not have that wheel traction kick thing seems to occur with street cars.

I know the is that the Venom GT was built to this kind of power, but it out of the wheels so smoothly. I could the tires starting to break but Heinricy just feathered the a little and we kept accelerating.

The thing that s hard to is how quiet it is inside the car. I could hear the cars started across the parking but I could also hear through his helmet while we accelerating up the hill. This car was for the street.

Oh, I forgot to mention. There s a on the dash that lets you the boost settings. We were only 1,000 horsepower. s another 200 horsepower just there, waiting for you when you re

Push the button and it s yours, like ordering the car from s website.

Well, sort of. The GT is kind of expensive. But that s a thing. If I thought I could it, I would sell everything I own to one.

Photos: Elan Videos: Hennessey Performance.

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