Want to see what zero to 220 MPH in 24.1 seconds look like? Then you’re going to like this video of a twin turbo Hennessey powered Viper. The car makes more power and is 700 lbs lighter than a Bugatti Veyron. However, the Veyron is quicker than the Hennessey up to about 160MPH thanks the added traction from all wheel drive and a super fast shifting 7-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox.
As you’ll see from the video, the driver had to be very gentle on the launch in order to keep the rear tires from going up in a cloud of smoke. Once the blown snake hooks up, it’s brutally fast! Hennessey claims his Viper has a top speed of 255MPH, but has so far, lacked the guts to try it. Personally, I think it’ll break apart once it passes 230.
It’ll take a lot more engineering than swamping in a big motor to break the Veyron’s top speed record. For one thing, Hennessey doesn’t have access to the $17,000 tires used by the Veyron ($43,000 for the run-flat version). Those are the only tires in the world rated to go that fast. Trying to go 250+MPH with any other tires is very risky. Enjoy the video.