So what’s the fastest car in the world? Well let me tell you. The Hennessey Venom GT will blow you away with its out-of-this-world power and performance. Not only did it cross the finish line on its first official test drive, but it crossed over from just a supercar to being the world’s fastest car in a split second.
Hennessey Performance Engineering and Its Out-of-this-World Supercar
Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) and founder, John Hennessey, set their sights high when he started this American car tuning company in 1991. Since its founding, the company has built some of the fastest cars in the world. In 2010, HPE began producing the very limited Venom GT. The tuning house only expected to produce 29 units of the insanely fast car. Each Venom GT’s is made-to-order and takes approximately six months before the lucky owner receives it. One of these coveted supercars recently came up for auction, owned by none other than Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, all proceeds from the sale going to the rock star’s charity. The supercar solid for $800,000.
Funny enough, John Hennessey has always had his sights set high. Even as a kid, he had his eyes on the stars, wanting to be an astronaut just like Neil Armstrong. While that childhood dream never came to fruition, he has been able to travel at rocket-like speed by producing the fastest car on Earth.
Hennessey Venom GT Specs Are Not From This Planet
Based on the Lotus Exige, equipped with the powerful Venom 1000 Twin Turbo engine in the back, HPE’s design began as a mere joke, with an idea and sketch of the concept car. Having sketched the design, John Hennessey soon realized that there was no joke about the potential he’s uncovered and started to put serious effort into producing the Venom GT.
Paired with its 7.0-liter 90 degree Venom twin-turbo V8 engine is a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission making it a powerful beast spitting out 1,244 bph and 1155 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm. Its total weight is 1,244 kilograms meaning that its curb weight to horsepower ratio is 1:1. Not only is the GT the fastest car on Earth, it’s also one of the hardest accelerating cars out there.
Its recorded top speed has been acknowledged as legitimate by automotive media and sanction groups; clocking in at 270mph, it’s not an inflated or estimated top speed beating out Bugatti, which maxes out at 269 mph, as the fastest car on Earth. The exact speed records for the Hennessey supercar is 270.49 mph. To top it all off, the supercharged supercar goes from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and a 0-200 mph speed of only 14.51 seconds which is a Hypercar World Record. Watch out, this car has a deadly bite to it on the track.
Hennessey Venom GT’s First Official Test Drive
The Hennessey Venom GT’s first recorded top speed took place at the Kennedy Space Center track located in Florida. The 3.2 mile track is usually used as a space shuttle landing runway. Test driver, Brian Smith, not only had to push the car hard to reach the world record, but had to do so while worrying about the gators in the water surrounding the runway.
What’s even crazier is that Brian Smith says that when he hit the end of the track, he was still accelerating. Is it possible that the Venom could get even faster? Smith believes the fast car could have actually maxed out at 5-10 mph MORE. This claim seems pretty legit, too, because the VBOX GPS data system that was being used to record the speed also indicated the same information.
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