The Hennessey Venom GT Is The Fastest Car In The World At 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h)
The Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49mph at the Kennedy Space Center on February 14th, thus becoming the fastest production car in the world by beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's previous record of 269.86 mph.
Bugatti and Hennessey has been fighting for the crown for quite some time now, and while this round goes to America, we all know car makers will only stop when people's heads are starting to explode. After all, the game has been on since 1894.
The Venom GT managed to reach 265.7 mph (427.6 km/h) before running out of room on the 2.9 mile long runway at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California back on February 9th, 2013.
Amazingly, the 1,244-horsepower Venom GT was still accelerating even as it reached 270 mph, but the length of the runway limited how far the coupe could be pushed.
Even if the hypercar had gone faster, Guinness would not have certified it as a record. To qualify, a car must complete two runs in opposite directions with the average speed serving as the record time. The Venom was only able to complete one because that is all NASA would allow, and even that took two years of negotiations according to founder John Hennessey. It still wouldn't matter, though, because Guinness now stipulates that 30 examples are required to certify a car as a "production vehicle." Hennessey is only building 29 Venoms and has sold 11.
Still, the Venom GT is already Guinness-certified as the world's quickest car to 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) at 13.63 seconds, and the company says that its next goal is to begin setting lap records with it at tracks around the world. Scroll down to watch in-car video of the Venom GT breaking the record, complete with John F. Kennedy voiceover and flag-waving rah-rah.
The test was performed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway. Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park, drove the Venom GT to its record speed. A representative from Racelogic, world-renowned maker of VBox GPS data-acquisition systems, was on hand to independently verify and document the Venom GT's highest recorded speed. The Venom GT was powered with Pennzoil Platinum® with PurePlus™ Technology, a first of its kind synthetic motor oil made from natural gas.
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