SSC Ultimate Aero and Venom GT unleashed

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I'm thinking as fast as I can, but it's just not fast enough. Out here, 1,800m up in the arid Nevada desert on a dead-straight road, everything's happening very quickly and I'm struggling to understand what's going on. I've just slotted the Hennessey Venom GT into fifth gear at around 180mph, pushed the throttle to the floor and the small, Alcantara-clad steering wheel is now wildly thrashing from side to side in my sweating fists.

I keep my foot down, hoping the car will straighten itself out, but a split-second later the monstrous 6.2-litre twin-turboed motor unleashes another huge, whistling wrecking ball of power.

Words: Pat Devereux Pictures: Anton Watts

This feature first appeared in the NOvember 2011 issue of Top Gear magazine

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