Back in January, Hennessey Venom GT accelerated from 0-300 km/h (186mph) in just 13.63 seconds at the Ellington Airport in Texas, setting a new Guinness World Record.
During a test run on February 9, the Venom GT accelerated to 265.7 mph (427.6 km/h), making it the fastest production vehicle available for public purchase.
Yes the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport officially hit 267.8mph, but the thing is that the actual production car is limited to 258mph, so Hennessey Performance founder and president, John Hennessey puts it simply: “Thus, at 265.7 mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public.”
The test run was done on the 2.9 mile long runway, which 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 according to Hennessey Performance CEO, Don Goldman. We wouldn’t be surprised if they try it again on a longer road.
When the Veyron Super Sport hit 267.8mph back in 2010, the record was achieved over a 5.6 mile VW Group AG’s private test track. John Hennessey believes if they could use the same distance, the Venom GT could exceed 275mph.
The Venom GT is powered by a 7.0-lire twin-turbo V8 with 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque.