This past year a new world speed record was recorded at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. The Hennessey Venom GT hit a top speed of 270.49 mph and is now in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Venom GT was driven by Brian Smith, director of Miller Motorsports Park and the test was conducted on the 3.22 mile shuttle landing runway in Florida.
The Hennessey Venom GT will go 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 278 mph. During the test it only took the Venon GT 13.63 seconds to hit it’s top recorded speed of 270.49 mph. This also set another world record for fastest accelerating car in the world at 0-200 mph in 12.63 sec. This beat the last best time of 17.68 seconds by Koenigsegg Agera R’s.
The Venom GT has a 90-degree V8 engine and is powered by twin precision ball bearing turbochargers with a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 1244 bhp at 6600 rpm and torque 1155 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. The Venom GT uses a modified chassis and other components from the Lotus Exige, but is not associated with Lotus cars. The frame is carbon fiber and composite/aluminum hybrid monocoque-space frame.
The Venom GT is manufactured by Hennessey Performance out of Sealy, TX and assembled in England. Production of these vehicles started in 2012. The Venom GT is available for purchase at a starting price of $1.4 million. Prices vary per country with optional upgrades. Buyers and drivers of the vehicle will go through a orientation and instruction class. Hennessey Performance has limited it’s production to only 10 Venom GT’s per year. As of August 2014, all 29 of the Venom GT’s ever built have been sold.