Hennessey has done it again, improving the claimed record-holding top speed of its Venom GT to 270.49 miles per hour. The record run was made on February 14 on the 3.22-mile landing runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The speed was confirmed by a Racelogic Vbox telemetry system, but for a variety of reasons, it will not make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. However, it narrowly beat out the record-holding top speed of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at 267.81 mph.
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. Driver Brian Smith only had about 2.6 miles to complete his run because it took nearly a kilometer (0.62 miles) to slow the car to 70 mph. "It was still pulling. If we could run on an eight-mile oval, we could go faster than that," said Smith to Top Gear.

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.





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      sstowes
      • 9 Months Ago
      Say what you want about the company... ...I wanna know what a 270.5mph car that's "still pulling" feels like. Frankly though, I'm a scaredy cat. lol I'll live vicariously through the brave individuals in these articles because it takes some serious balls to put your faith in your engineering juuuuuust in case something goes wrong.
      Card13
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well if they had the infinite mile runway from the latest Fast & Furious, I'm sure they would have seen the true top speed
      flammablewater
      • 9 Months Ago
      That is really not going to help Bugatti move all those unsold Veyrons. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/13/bugatti-stockpile-unsold-veyron/
      t_dixon28
      • 9 Months Ago
      Chevy power!
      Patrick
      • 9 Months Ago
      The battle continues and I hope it never stops. Great job guys! Now give it a proper testing ground.
      foci
      • 9 Months Ago
      Time to make a trip to the Nardo ring. The place has the space needed to let this beast run.
        Bernie Kressner
        • 9 Months Ago
        @foci
        foci - - - Yah, but the Nardo is ill-maintained and is too bumpy, with broken concrete patches. I doubt that a car can safely exceed 150-170 mph without de-stabilizing. But your idea is a good one: there must be some other place on earth where you can have a decent straight, smooth road for, say, 10 miles. Suggestions anyone? (I'm told the Salt Flats don't work well for wheel-powered vehicles above 250 mph, because so much more energy must be put into the ground to get high velocities.) -----------------------
          ckm
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Bernie Kressner
          VW has a track with the requisite length although I doubt they would let Hennessy use it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehra-Lessien
      Dart
      • 9 Months Ago
      Stig keychain for the win! I wonder why they don't just take it to Bonneville?
      Matt Mossberg
      • 9 Months Ago
      Is the chassis heavily modified or is the lotus jist that freakin awesome? Loved the music ams the car looked very stable all the way through. I remember on top gear uk when they did a speed run on the veyron. it was said after going that fast, when slowing down at 80mph, it felt like the car wasn't even moving and he was going to open the door to get out. (half joking) Im imagining the driver of the hennessey might have been thinking the same thing while he was looking out the window while slowing down. I wonder how that car feels to go that fast because of its lightness. While laughably no where near close to this speed, I've been lucky to drive 155mph in a newish merc and audi on an airstrip. They felt so sturdy amd smooth.(and the merc build like a tank ) while my c5 vette was nerve wrecking at that speed. Obviously the hennessey has far superior suspension, areo, tires, seats ect. I just wonder how it compares at high speeds because it doesn't have the sound deadining and weight of a heavy luxury sedan if it still has a relatively safe sturdy feel.
      Justin Shaw
      • 9 Months Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong but it looked like an old fashion manual transmission. I saw him do the wiggle!
      SloopJohnB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just wonderful for princelings to drive on public roads.
      David Donovan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Well for all we know the Veyron hit that speed as well. The difference between the two is the Venom hit this speed going one way while the Veyron was only a half a mile an hour slower but that was the average speed of both runs.
        Aaron N
        • 9 Months Ago
        @David Donovan
        You don't read articles much, do you? By the way, read my comment again... THE CAR WAS STILL ACCELERATING FROM 265MPH IN THE FIRST VIDEO WHEN IT HIT THE 2 MILE MARK. This was done in 2.SIX miles. .6 miles accounts for over half a mile. With a car this powerful, 5mph isn't that much considering how this was gaining speed at 1mph per second when it was still accelerating to 270mph. Do you realize how long half a mile is? Also, they didn't invite Guinness because: "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." So Guinness would have automatically disqualified it because rules state from them that 2 runs, each way, would qualify it as the fastest production car in the world.
          David Donovan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          And once again you're not reading either. The Veyron had to go BOTH ways to get the title which averages out the two runs. I have yet to see what the speeds were of the two runs to get it too 267 mph but it's reasonable to assume that the Veyron could have indeed hit over 270 mph going one way but coming back it didn't go as fast and brought the average down to 267 mph. While the Venom is just going one way and that's it. We have no idea if what Hennessey claims are true or not. He says that they could only do one pass, is this true or did they go both ways and once averaged out it had a lower speed then the Veyron? Was the run with the wind or against it? Was the car 100% stock? These are actual legit questions that there aren't any answers too. We only have the word of a company in Vbox and the word of a noted BS artist in John Hennessey. Also with the Veyron being AWD it just makes it that much more amazing seeing that AWD vehicles have more power loss and aren't as good on top speed runs compared to a RWD car.
      Jake Laird
      • 9 Months Ago
      Let's see here...I could own a meticulously engineered and built Veyron that goes 267 mph and can be used nearly every day, or I could own what amounts to a near undriveable pre-assembled kit car built by a criminal....hmmm.....
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jake Laird
        If you drove a Veyron everyday it would spend 50% of its time in the shop having hundreds of thousands of dollars of maintenance done on it every year. Enjoy those $50k wheel changes every third time you change tires. If you want a car like this or a Veyron that you can drive, you need to find something different.
          davebo357
          • 9 Months Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          It's just like they say, if you can afford to buy two [supercar], you can really afford to own one.
        Cayman
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jake Laird
        Yes, because high speed runs on a 3 mile track are done to show which car is the best daily driver. If you're looking for a daily driver and you've narrowed it down to the Hennessy and the Veyron then you're a friggin moron.
        Eeti
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jake Laird
        Lol at the downvotes, typical American "Our plastic **** kit-car is better than everything **** you" attitude.
          davebo357
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Eeti
          I don't think disliking obnoxious trolls is indicative of any nationalistic bias. I mean for 1.2 million I certainly wouldn't buy a Venom GT, but that doesn't make your posts worth upvoting.
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