Hennessey Venom GT sets new speed record
February 25, 2014

The Hennessey Venom GT supercar has taken the world's fastest production model record, previously held by Bugatti's Veyron, by powering to 270mph at the Kennedy Space Centre.


The record breaking Hennessey Venom GT


The 1,244 brake horse power Venom GT model is powered by a 7.0litre twin-turbo GM-sourced V8 engine, going from 20mph to 120mph in 7.71 seconds and still rising by 1mph per second between 260mph and 270mph.


The Venom GT's run on February 14th at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida just beat the 269.86mph speed record held by the Veyron Super Sport in 2010. Former racing driver and Michelin tyre test engineer, Brian Smith, was at the wheel of the vehicle, which uses a highly modified Lotus Exige chassis, on the 3.2 mile stretch of runway.


Comments on the Hennessey Venom GT record


Mr Smith claimed that the model would have reached even faster speeds if the runway had been longer. He commented, “It was still pulling. If we could run on an eight-mile oval we could go faster than that. On the very top end there was a little wandering but hey, we're going 270mph.”


Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) boss, John Hennessey, commented, “I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero. Even though the astronaut thing didn't work out for me, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to set our speed record on the hallowed grounds of the American space programme.” He went on to say, “We wanted to run in both directions, but the NASA guys wouldn't let us. Getting into NASA isn't easy. It was a two-year process. The morning was relatively calm, about a 3mph quarter-crosswind. If we'd run in both directions, the result would have been pretty much the same.”


So far HPE has built and delivered just 11 Venom GTs to owners around the world. Each vehicle costs £720,000 plus shipping and optional extras. This is as the model is built to order, taking six months to complete and the production run consists of just 29 units worldwide.


The car already holds the record for world's fastest from 0-300k mph in 13.63 seconds and 0-200mph in 14.51 seconds but unfortunately the Hennessey Venom GT model's recent performance is not eligible for a Guinness World Record, which uses an average speed taken from two runs in opposite directions as the official record though even with a second run the model wouldn't have made the Guinness Record as to qualify the model must have 30 units built.


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