We're happy there's a John Hennessey who walks the Earth. While any number of humans may have had the idea of marrying a stretched Lotus with a twin-turbocharged ZR1 engine, only Hennessey had the wherewithal to make the Venom GT. And because he has, we bring you the news that the Venom GT has officially broken the world record for a car traveling from 0 to 300 kilometers per hour.

The deed was done on January 10th and officially certified by Guinness World Records. Conducted at Ellington Airport near Houston, Texas, the certified time of 13.63 seconds is actually the average of two separate runs going the opposite direction. The first run, with a 4-mile-per-hour tailwind, was achieved in 13.18 seconds, and the second, with a 6-mph headwind, happened in 14.08 seconds.

Guinness only recognizes deeds done in kilometers per hour, but you may be interested to know that the 1,244-horsepower Venom GT also reached 200 mph on that day in a record 14.51 seconds. According to Hennessey, the previous record for that achievement was 17.68 seconds by the Koenigsegg Agera R and the 1,200-hp Bugatti Veyron Sport requires a positively glacial 22.2 seconds.

There are more numerically significant accomplishments in Hennessey's press release below, but what you'll really want to do is check out the video replay, as well as flip through these photo galleries of the world record run and glamour shots of the car in question.

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Hennessey® Venom GT® Sets New Guinness® WORLD RECORD

Texas Supercar Becomes World's Quickest Production Vehicle from 0-300 km/h

HOUSTON, Texas – Hennessey® Performance (HPE) today announced that on January 10, 2013 its street-legal Venom GT® supercar accelerated from 0-300 km/h in just 13.63 seconds, thus establishing the vehicle as a new record holder according to Guinness® WORLD RECORDS (GWR). The acceleration time was an average of two runs made in opposite directions within one hour and validated by a VBox 3i GPS-based data logging system. VBox officials were on hand to certify the numbers as required by Guinness® rules. The first run was completed in 13.18 seconds with a 4 mph tailwind. The second run was made in 14.08 seconds while encountering a 6 mph headwind. The resulting two-way 0-300 km/h average was 13.63 seconds

"We are exceptionally proud of our team at HPE who helped to make this new Guinness® World Record possible," said company founder and president, John Hennessey. "This is just the first of several validation tests designed to show the world what our special car is all about – being the fastest. Period."

A Guinness® representative was on hand to witness the testing as well as to personally inspect the Venom GT® before making any acceleration attempts. After the record runs were made (and officially validated) the representative was given a ride in a Venom GT® to personally experience the performance. "I have never ridden in anything this fast," said Guinness® WORLD RECORD adjudicator Philip Robertson. "The acceleration is absolutely amazing."

The acceleration runs were conducted at Ellington Airport (also used by NASA) located southeast of Houston, Texas, using the seventh production Venom GT® - a street-legal car that makes use of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup DOT-approved radial tires, 93-octane pump fuel, and a full interior replete with high-end stereo, air conditioning, and bespoke leather / Alcantara seats. Powered by a 7.0-liter (427 cubic inch) V-8 engine fed by twin Precision turbochargers, the Venom GT® produces 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. Weighing just 1,244 kg (2,743 lbs) the rear-wheel-drive Venom GT® delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per each kilogram of vehicle curb weight.

"We are especially grateful to the City of Houston and the staff at Ellington Airport for allowing to conduct this World Record attempt on their perfectly paved 8,000 ft. runway," said Hennessey Performance CEO Don Goldman.

Although Guinness® only recognizes runs made in kilometers per hour (km/h), the Venom GT® also set a new unofficial acceleration record of 0-200 miles per hour (mph) in 14.51 seconds as verified by VBox GPS. The 0-200 mph record was previous held by the Koenigsegg Agera R that required 17.68 seconds time- 3.17 seconds slower than the Venom GT®. By comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (powered by a 1,200 horsepower 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine channeling power through an all-wheel-drive system) ran 0-200 mph in 22.2 seconds- 7.7 seconds slower than the Venom GT®.

While conducting the Guinness® World Record runs, despite marginal traction (due to three days of previous rainfall), the Venom GT® accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.05 seconds, 0-100 mph in 5.88 seconds, ran the standing quarter-mile in 10.29 seconds at 158.83 mph, and ran the standing half-mile at 205.65 mph. During testing done at Ellington Airport a few weeks prior to the Guinness® record runs, the Venom GT® accelerated to 300 km/h in 13.48 seconds while on its way to 370 km/h run (229.9 mph) in just 19.96 seconds.

Hennessey® only plans to build a total of 29 Venom GTs, with one-third of the production run already being sold. Thus, the Venom GT® is not only the fastest accelerating production car in the world, it's also one of the most exclusive. The Venom GT® costs $1.2 million US Dollars plus shipping and not including options. Each vehicle is custom built to order and requires six months for completion.

About Hennessey® Performance
Established in 1991, Hennessey® Performance (HPE) now operates from a new facility comprised of a 36,000 square foot building that is located adjacent to Lonestar Motorsports Park, the company's test track and IHRA sanctioned 1⁄4 mile dragstrip. The 143-acre complex is located about 45 minutes west of Houston, Texas along Interstate 10. Hennessey® offer a wide variety of dyno-proven, track-tested parts for modern performance vehicles. In addition, Hennessey® operates Tuner School, the world's first (fully state accredited) school dedicated to teaching and training future performance vehicle tuners.

In 2010, Hennessey® Performance opened a new 12,500 square foot facility in Lake Forest, California, to better serve clients in Southern California. For more information, contact John Hennessey at Hennessey® Performance at 979.885.1300 or visit www.venomgt.com or www.hennesseyperformance.com.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Under ANY definition of "production" car, this car is not one. The Bugatti is a far greater achievement, and is actually a production car. This is simply a stripped out hot-rod, nothing more. I can't have any respect for a company who simply takes another companies chassis and engine and simply turns up the wick on the turbos. Someone who actually produces the whole car, like Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Pagani, Ariel, Ascari, Weissmann, AMG-Mercedes, and makes it a driveable, liveable proposition is far more deserving of respect. Besides the thing is just so damned UGLY......
        • 2 Years Ago
        Very little of the original chassis was even kept. Pretty much everything is new. It IS a production car. But i agree its very hot rod-esque and if theres one thing hennessey is bad at its marketing. Who wants to buy a lotu look alike named the "venom GT" (focking stupid name) Considering how much of the car is new they shouldve just made a brand new car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      they make it look so easy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Calling the Venom GT a "production car" on par with Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Pagani is just wrong and unfair. Those of you confused of the definition of a production car should look up the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (google FMVSS). Those of you who have never seen it will be surprised of the extent the governments regulate vehicle design. Even something as simple as the force to pull a door handle is regulated! The fact of the matter is, Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Pagani are built to comply with all manners of government requirements, crash safety, environmental standards as well as testing across the world to achieve any meaningful reliability. I think the Guiness Book of records committee have serious issues defining what constitutes as s production car. A "production car" is not simply a car being "produced" somehow. That's just pure immaturity.
        • 2 Years Ago
        and you know for a fact that this car was not build with those safty standras you just mentioned plus i think that guiness has a pretty good idea of waht a productions car is and to call them immature cause you personally disaggree with them is in itself immature
      • 2 Years Ago
      You have to respect the quickness of this car even if you have mixed or negative feelings towards the company owner. I wish the car wasnt so expensive. At that price point I would be buying a pagani huayra if I had that kinda coin. Nothing compares with the craftsmanship on that artwork from italy.
      • 2 Years Ago
      dang....i used to live within earshot of ellington (so close didn't even have to pay for air show). wish this would've been public, would've drove to see this in a heart beat.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's nice, but I'd rather see how fast it can go around the Top Gear (UK) track. Straightline speed is only a small part of the equation.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is really a huge achievement. What's next? 0-300 in under 10 seconds? Wow, that would so much improve my life. The world wouldn't be the same anymore. "We're happy there's a John Hennessey who walks the Earth." haha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at those exhaust fumes!
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car has a very sick rear profile. The only let down is that other than that, it looks just like a lotus.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not trolling. Promise. I like Hennesey projects and have a higher opinion of him than many on this site, but has anyone really cornered this car? Any lap times for major tracks that we can compare it to? From what I can tell, again, not trolling, this product seems to be a drag-racing car in sportscar clothes. I can\'t find video of laps of VIR, or Road America or Leguna Seca. The only twisty video I seem to find is the hillclimb at Goodwood.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder how much faster it'd go with a twin turbo GT500 engine.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not much, because that gigantic DOHC lump wouldn't fit. Even if it did, it wouldn't be nearly as capable as the aftermarket billet block and heads this car is running. Hennessey sucks, but the LS engine is great.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Henessey where your car comes back 50% lighter because we have stripped the parts & sold them on e-bay.
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