After its performance at the Kennedy Space Center located in Florida, the Hennessey Venom GT became the first car to give the Bugatti Veyron a run for its money as the world’s fastest production car. At 270.49 mph, the Hennessey Venom GT set the new speed record by surpassing the previous record of 269.86 that was previously held by the Bugatti Veyron. However, this issue has generated much controversy, as the Bugatti will maintain its place in the Guinness Book of World Records, due to a technicality in which cars are required to drive in opposite directions in order to be placed in the book. According to sources, Kennedy Space Center does not provide enough pavement to allow for this criteria, and NASA was unable to give authorization for a second run. When speaking on the matter, John Hennessey the Company President stated, “Working with NASA isn’t an easy task. This has been a two-year process in the making.”
It was on Valentine’s Day that Brian Smith navigated the Hennessey Venom GT to reach the new speed record of just over 270 mph, and it has been noted that the supercar was still accelerating when it was forced to slow down as it ran out of room on the 3.2-mile track. What’s more amazing is the fact that Smith was able to accelerate the vehicle from 260 mph to the new speed record of 270 in only 10.1 seconds with the limited availability of track remaining. In addition, the Venom GT also managed to set the record for 0-200 mph, taking only 14.6 seconds. When discussing the matter in a news release, Smith noted, “We would be able to go faster if we were given the opportunity to drive on an eight-mile oval track. There was little wandering, but hey, we’ve gone 270 mph.” Smith’s reference to an eight-mile oval track seemingly alludes to the gigantic oval track in Germany provided by the Bugatti’s parent company Volkswagen, which is perhaps the safest place where such experiments could be conducted.
The Hennessey Venom GT that set the new speed record at 270 is essentially an elongated Lotus Exige consisting of a 7.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 squeezed in between its axles. Weighing in at 1,244 kg, the Venom GT’s power-to-weight ratio measures in at approximately 1,000 horsepower per tonne, which greatly eclipses the 636 horsepower per tonne of the Bugatti. Hennessey has mentioned that it is only planning the manufacture of twenty-nine of these production vehicles, a result of the six-month period it takes to produce one of these supercars. Although the company has not released an official price of the vehicle, it has been reported that the Venom GT’s price has been quoted at a price of $1.2 million.
Also speaking on the matter was Hennessey Chief Executive Don Goldman who stated, “We already knew that the car had it in it; however, it’s a thrilling feat that the Venom GT has officially validated the 270 mph speed. Any venture over 200 isn’t to be taken with light consideration, and everyone at Hennessey is elated in having reached our goal.”
By Aaron Weis