SECONDS. That's all the time the new Hennessey Venom GT Spyder needs to complete the quarter mile, and it will be travelling 269km/h when it does so.
Responsible for this facemelting speed is a 1082kW 7.0-litre twin-turbo V8, an increase of 154kW over the previous Venom GT, which managed 435km/h at the Kennedy Space Centre in 2014. The extra grunt comes courtesy of retuning the engine for E85 fuel, which allows boost pressure to be raised from 19 to 26psi.
In a car that weighs just 1244kg, performance is unsurprisingly pretty staggering. From a standstill to 97km/h (60mph) takes 2.4sec, you'll pass 161km/h just two seconds later before thundering through 300km/h in 10.9sec and 400km/h in 18.1. Not many cars will send a Veyron home with its tail between its legs, but the Venom GT Spyder is one. On a perfectly dry surface, that is, and with a very brave driver.
Only a handful of these Texan tearaways will be produced and the price will be astronomical, but if you want the fastest – and most exciting – thing on four wheels then the Venom GT Spyder is your car.
If that's a bit too exciting, Hennessey can always do you a Mustang Convertible that can hit 335km/h, or how about a 485kW Ford F150 Raptor pick-up? God bless America.