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Hennessey Venom GT Claims World’s Fastest Car Record

Posted on: May 9, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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If you are looking for a super-fast way to get from A to B, you could take a high speed bullet train with a top speed of 300km/h, or a Cessna Single Engine light airplane with a top speed of 320km/h, or even the world’s fastest production motorbike, the Suzuki Hayabusa, with a top speed of 400km/h.

No doubt these modes of transport will get you to where you want to be fast, but not as fast as world’s fastest car – the Hennessey Venom GT, which in February 2014 unofficially broke the world record for the fastest production car with a land speed record of 435.31km/h.

Hennessey Venom GT

Build in the United States, the 928kW Hennessey Venom GT is powered by an intimidating 7.0-litre-twin-turbocharged V8 engine and boasts a massive 1,240 horsepower. A road car registered as a modified Lotus Exige, the Hennessey on Valentine’s Day reached a record smashing 435km/h on the runway of the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, making it the fastest production car in the world.

The results were reportedly confirmed by a Racelogic Vbox satellite-based telemetry system but the speed record will not be officially recorded in the Guinness World Records as the Hennessey only completed a single run at top speed. In order to make the record official, the supercar needed to run twice in opposite directions with the average top speed of both runs becoming the official speed figure. It was a tough break for the Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering team, who revealed that it took two years to negotiate just a single run on the space shuttle runway and NASA would not allow the car to make the second pass.

This means that the official top speed for a production car remains at 431km/h, set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2013.

Likewise, to be called a ‘production car’, a vehicle model needs to have at least 30 cars in production and the Hennessey Venom GT only has plans to make 29. So far the company has sold just 11 vehicles, which is hardly surprising given the hefty starting price tag of US$600,000. Obviously, if someone were to purchase a Hennessey Venom, they wouldn’t need to apply for a bad credit car loan .

All that said, the Hennessey Venom GT does hold the official Guinness World Record for the world’s fast car to hit 300km/h from a standing start, at just 13.63 seconds. This time beat out the previous world record holder the Koenigsegg Agera R’s time of 14.53 seconds.

Check out the video below to see the supercar in action

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