It's official: The Hennessy Venom GT has crested 265.7 miles per hour over the course of two miles during testing at the United States Naval Air Station in Lemoore, CA. Hennessey used two VBOX 3i data logging systems to document the run and even had VBOX officials on hand to certify the numbers. As you may recall, the Venom GT gets its thrust from a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 engine good for 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. Needless to say, the lump has no problem pushing the 2,743-pound mid-engine coupe down a runway.

Now, Hennessey claims the new speed run makes the Venom GT the world's fastest production car, seeing as how the Bugatti Veyron is limited to 258 mph from the factory. We're thinking the Hennessey machine is on the bleeding edge of what we'd refer to as "production." After all, the company used the seventh car produced for this test.

Even with two miles to stretch its legs, the Venom GT ran out of runway before it ran out of steam, which means Hennessey will be looking for even more space to attempt to find the car's upper limits. Check out the video below to see the full run for yourself. You can also read through the full press release.



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Hennessey® Venom GT® Sets New Top Speed Record

The World's Quickest Production Vehicle Becomes The World's Fastest Production Vehicle

SEALY, Texas – Hennessey Performance today announced that on February 9, 2013 its street-legal Venom GT accelerated to 265.7 mph(427.6 km/h) during testing, establishing the exotic hypercar as the world's fastest production vehicle available for public purchase. The top speed run was accomplished over a distance of two miles using a full-production Venom GT. All testing was validated by (2) VBOX 3i GPS-based data logging systems and VBOX officials were on hand to certify the numbers.

"While a Veyron Super Sport did run 267.8 mph, Bugatti speed-limits its production vehicles to 258 mph," said company founder and president, John Hennessey. "Thus, at 265.7 mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public."

The Venom GT acceleration runs were conducted at the United States Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore in Central California using the seventh production Venom GT- a street-legal supercar that makes use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport DOT-approved radial tires, Brembo 4-wheel carbon ceramic disc brakes, and a full interior (replete with high-end stereo, air conditioning, and leather seats). NAS Lemoore was chosen for testing as is home to one of the longest paved runways in North America.

On hand during testing was Captain Eric "Snake" Venoma, Commanding Officer at NAS Lemoore, who was watching over the nearly 200 battle-ready fighter jets (including the largest concentration F/A-18 jets in the world) that were located nearby during the Venom GT top speed runs. In addition, TopGear US Editor, Pat Devereaux was present to witness the top speed testing as part of a story produced for the May 2013 issue of TopGear magazine.
"While the 2.9 mile long runway is more than enough acceleration distance for a F/A-18 fighter jet, it was far too short for the Venom GT to reach it's true top speed," said Hennessey Performance CEO, Don Goldman.

Designed to operate on premium unleaded pump fuel, the Venom GT is powered by a 7.0-liter (427 cubic inch) V-8 engine fed by twin Precision turbochargers that team to produce 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque at 19 psi (1.3 bar) of boost pressure. Weighing just 1,244 kg (2,743 lbs), the rear-wheel-drive Venom GT delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per kilogram of vehicle weight.

In July 2010, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (propelled by a 1,200 horsepower quad-turbo 16-cylinder engine) attained a speed of 267.8 mph- 2.1 mph faster than the Venom GT. However, the top speed was achieved using a state of tune that is not available to customers paying the $2.5 million dollar purchase price as a production Veyron SS is speed limited to 257.8 mph. Furthermore, the Veyron SS top speed testing was conducted over the 5.6 mile long straightaway that is part of Volkswagen Group AG's private test track located near Ehra-Lessien, Germany. "Afforded the same distance to accelerate, the Venom GT would exceed 275 mph," said John Hennessey.

In February of 2013, the Venom GT officially became the quickest accelerating production vehicle in the world as it ran 0-300 km/h in 13.63 seconds, thus establishing a new Guinness® WORLD RECORD- a record that was previously held by the Koenigsegg Agera R. 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 in 15.22 seconds at 204.65 mph.

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 data. The 0-200 mph record was previous held by the Koenigsegg Agera R that required 17.68 seconds time- 3.027 seconds slower than the Venom GT. By comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (powered by a 1200 horsepower, quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder engine channeling power through an all-wheel-drive system) ran 0-200 mph in 22.20 seconds during an AUTOCAR test- 7.69 seconds slower than the Venom GT.

Hennessey plans to only 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 quickest and fastest production car in the world, but it is also one of the most exclusive. The heavily carbon-fiber Venom GT costs $1.2 million (USD) plus shipping, 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 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 upgrades for modern performance vehicles. In addition, Hennessey operates Tuner School®, the world's first (fully state accredited) technical 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 performance-minded clients in Southern California. Full tuning services and chassis dynamometer testing are available at the California location.
For more information, contact John Hennessey at 979.885.1300 or visit:

www.venomgt.com

www.hennesseyperformance.com


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      Evanhobbesyates
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is like what the head of Bugatti said; "Some cars can do some of the things that the Veyron can, but no car can do all of the things the Veyron can." While it is impressive that this car reached the speed it did, it does not compare to the Veyron. The Veyron is almost 2,000 kg because of the amount of luxury inside. Until someone builds a car that can be driven daily without fuss, is swathed in leather and other luxury items, and can do the performance that the Veyron can, there is no competitor for the Veyron. This car is amazing because it can do 265 mph. The Veyron is amazing because it can do 258 with all of the trimmings that come along with it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evanhobbesyates
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          superchan7
          • 2 Years Ago
          No excuses. The Veyron remains the definitive hypercar because 1) it was built without regard to cost, and 2) it can be a daily driver with reasonable comfort. The fact that it held a top speed title was just a bonus. A couple mph doesn't make a "king" of anything because if you want to measure speed any old funny car on drag slicks is still faster for less money. And it comes with a parachute.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evanhobbesyates
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        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evanhobbesyates
        Can this poor lightweight Venom waddle around a tight track like the Veyron, which in comparison, handles like a pregnant cow?
        ScottT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evanhobbesyates
        That\'s unbelievably odd for the head of Bugatti to say seeing that this car is so single mindedly focused on just one thing; going very fast in a straight line. And I would guess it weighs 4000 lbs not because of the luxury items but rather because it\'s got a huge 16 cylinder engine, 4 turbo chargers, a slew of electrical motors for the aero, 7 radiators (3 for the engine, 1 AC, 1 transmission, 1 differential, 1 oil), 3 intercoolers plus a massive drivetrain and structure to handle all that power. Nice leather and electronics really do not weigh that much. Sure, good seats aren\'t light, but most of the weight is due to they threw everything they could just to obtain a ridiculous high straight line top speed. They aren\'t particularly worried about handling or lap times so weight doesn\'t really matter.
          ScottT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScottT
          Yeah, because the Enzo was built with the single minded focus to build the fastest road car possible (not just in a straight line). They were worried about every last pound, probably every last ounce. Bugatti/VW could do the same thing with the Veyron and pull out the AC, radio, carpeting and it's still going to be a very heavy car because the main thing that makes it heavy is the huge mechanics and structure to handle the power. You could make it faster, just like you could make any car faster by stripping away weight; but the Veyron would still be a heavy car.
          ScottT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScottT
          And FWIW, most of the hyper powerful cars are heavy for the same reason. You have huge power plants that aren't light and then you also need strong drivetrains and structure components to handle that power.
          Evanhobbesyates
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScottT
          While the engine definitely is a major factor in the weight, all of the things that make it comfortable, such as a (relatively) soft suspension, leather lined interior, aluminum trimmings, etc. definitely contribute to the weight. The Venom GT was built to be the fastest car in the world, so it is as stripped down as you can get. While it does feature leather seats and a stereo and so on, the Veyron is certainly more luxurious. The Veyron was designed to be a high-speed cruiser that you can still drive around with comfort on the real roads. That is why you rarely see Gumpert Apollos or similar cars on the streets, while Veyrons seem to flood them. While they may be able to dominate the Veyron on the track, the Veyron driver could then drive home in comfort. Also, Bugatti opted for a heavy dual-clutch gearbox, rather than a lighter single clutch, because it was smoother and made the car easier to drive. What I guess I am trying to say in a TL;DR way is that the Veyron is a high-speed cruiser with all of the best German qualities; High speed, high performance, high technical engineering, and high luxury. The Venom is a high-speed car with all of the best American qualities; large amounts of speed, large V8, manual gearbox, rear wheel drive, and simple (for a supercar). While each has their own benefits and downsides, it depends on what you are looking for in a car. If you want refinement, luxury and stability, go for the Veyron. If you want pure speed at the sacrifice of refinement, go for the Hennessey.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Evanhobbesyates
        The Veyron interior is very nicely done, but it isnt exactly a Rolls Royce inside. Sport leather bucket seats, leather lined surfaces, but it doesnt have much amenities: doesnt even have built in infotainment/GPS, the dash is pretty bare. And it's not got a huge and heavy surround sound system likely either. It's heavy because it's got a massively huge engine, heavy AWD system, heavy duty cooling and radiation, heavy dual clutch transmission (probably weighs 200-300lb more than a manual gearbox), electronic control systems, and was made intentionally heavy so that it cruises well at high speed.
      Khalifa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Veyron's actual top speed as tested is faster. But because they limit the top speed to somewhere near 417km Hennessey claimed the Venom is the fastest. But can you really drive that modefied Exige daily? I don't think so. Hennessey is all about drag racing. The Venom has crappy interior. The Veron interior is more luxurious and the most important thing is that it managed to hit 467 km with all thise luxury and weight while the Venom needed a striped out interior and super light weight to achieve this top speed.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Khalifa
        Weight doesnt affect top speed! Only handling, acceleration, and stability. A lighter car accelerates quicker, handles better, but unless it makes more downforce (=drag=lower top speed) it is less stable at high speed than a heavy car. The Veyron has a super luxurious interior because it's designed as a luxury super high speed cruiser, not just a supercar. The Venom isnt stripped, but it's got its interior from a Lotus, and thus never had much interior to begin with.
      VIPER94
      • 2 Years Ago
      whoa whoa whoa, I thought the Bugatti Veyron Supersport has the record at 267mph
        Z. Kesh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VIPER94
        As far as I know, even at a bit over 269 mph.
      hp
      • 2 Years Ago
      2,743 POUNDS!?
      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to know exactly how this qualifies as a road legal "production" vehicle. Have any been submitted to NHTSA for crash testing? Sure anyone could make a kit car and get an exemption, but WTF really, how did he pull this off?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jebibudala
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          Jay-Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          I didn't realize it was actually titled as a Lotus - this is definitely not a 'production car'.
      Felspawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ze Germans are unpleased...
      Kent G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not true. Veyron SS still holds the record.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should ask Mr. Cosby's mechanic, "Bob" where to test it. "Any side street."
      EricDJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now sell as many as the Veryron with the same build quality.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      top speed crow from Veyron? Have they never heard of 9ff and their 1400hp GT9 Vmax... with a topseed of 437km/h = 271.5mph? http://www.autobild.de/artikel/9ff-gt9-vmax-fahrbericht-3808999.html
        Brian Rautio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Georg
        I wouldn't be surprised if 9ff has already produced more of those than there ever will be Venom GTs. And yet they're not claiming the record.
      Dart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess they could always contact the government and ask to use the runway at Area 51...satellite images show it to be nearly 4 miles long.
      SublimeKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've seen smoother wooden roller coasters
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