Venom beat the previous best record of 431km/h set by Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Hennessey Venom GT: 270 mph (435 km/h), 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, has a Lotus Exige 7.0 liter LS7 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1244 hp, with a price tag of $1,000,000 and up. The Venom GT is the fastest car in the world when tested again on February 14th, 2014 at NASA runway in Florida.
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. “If we could run on an 8-mile (12.8km) oval we could go faster than that,” Smith said.
The GPS data showed the Venom GT took just 10.1 seconds to accelerate from 260 to 270 mph. The historic run took 2.4 miles to achieve, allowing the Venom just eight-tenths of a mile to stop.
“Thankfully, its Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes were able to haul the car down from 270 mph well before the end of the runway’s 1,000-foot threshold,” the Hennessey team said.
The independently verified Hennessey speed will not go into the book as the Venom could only be driven one way on the NASA landing strip.
The book requires cars to make runs in two directions to account for variables, including gradients and wind direction.
There are only 11 Hennessey Venom GTs in existence, making the car ineligible for Guinness "fastest production car” prize. But it got the record of world fastest production car for speed from 0-300km/hr.
2013 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications
Standing half mile
Est. top speed
13.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
14.51 sec. – Hypercar World Record
9.92 sec. @ 163 mph
overhead valve, 2 valves/cyl
twin precision ball bearing turbochargers
1244 bhp @ 6600 rpm (cockpit-adjustable to 800, 1000 & 1244 bhp)
1155 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
7000 cc/427 cu. in.
dry sump system
electronic sequential multi-port
Brakes, f & r
Suspension, f &r
|mid-longitudinal engine/rear drive|
carbon fiber & composite/aluminum hybrid monocoque-space frame
15.0 x 1.3-in. carbon-ceramic rotors, 6-piston Brembo fixed calipers
Hennessey H10 forged monoblock, 9.5 x 19 front, 12.5 x 20 rear
Michelin Pilot Super Sport; 265/30ZR19 front, 345/30ZR20 rear
rack & pinion, 6-position variable electric assist
Sunequal-length tubular A-arms, anti-roll bars
Penske 2-way-adjustable coilovers
adjustable; range of 2.4 in.
|Transmission||Ricardo 6-Speed Manual|
|Final Drive Ratio||3.36:1|
|1st gear/max speed|
2nd gear/max speed
3rd gear/max speed
4th gear/max speed
5th gear/max speed
6th gear/max speed
|2.61:1 69 mph|
1.71:1 105 mph
1.23:1 146 mph
0.77:1 233 mph
0.63:1 278 mph
Dimensions & Capacities
Weight distribution, f/r %
(with driver & passenger)
|183.7 in./4655 mm|
77.2 in./1960 mm
44.7 in./1135 mm
110.2 in./2800 mm
63.5 in./1612 mm
63.2 in./1604 mm
3.5 in. to 5.9 in./90 mm to 150 mm
2743 lb/1244 kg
18.5 gal./70 liters
Optional Upgrades• Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP Tires
• Bare Carbon Fiber Finish
• Right-Hand Drive
• Stefano Ricci Bespoke Interior
• Stereo System Designed by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Read Better at - The Story of Hennessey Venom GT
The Story of Hennessey Venom GT
In 2007, Road & Track Magazine invited Hennessey Performance to participate in a shootout between some of the world’s fastest supercars. The contest? Find out which car could accelerate from 0 to 200 mph in the shortest amount of time. Some of the heavyweights competing where the Mercedes McLaren SLR, Lamborghini Murciellago, Ruf Porsche 911 Twin Turbo and the 1001 bhp all-wheel drive Bugatti Veyron 16.4.For our entry, the Hennessey team brought the company’s latest Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Viper. Several runs were made by each car on the 2.9 mile long runway at Lemoore Naval Air Station in central California. At the end of the day, the Hennessey Venom 1000 Viper was crowned king of the ROAD & TRACK “Speed Kings” shootout by posting the quickest time of the day by running 0 to 200 mph in an astonishing 20.3 seconds. By comparison, the 2nd place Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was nearly 4 seconds behind the Venom with a time of 24.2 seconds.
“At the end of the Road & Track test, we were very pleased with the results and the Venom taking first place over the Veyron”, says John Hennessey. “As far as I am aware, we have the only car that has ever beaten a Veyron in an independent, head to head test of vehicle performance. While we were quite happy with that accomplishment, it did not take long for me to begin thinking about what could we do to improve the performance of our car.”
He continues, “I thought that we could possibly add a bit more power but had concerns about being able to put that power to the ground via the Viper front-engine rear-wheel drive platform. My next thought was to reduce weight… try to lighten the Viper from 3500 lbs to under 3000 lbs. But that would not be reality as the car could only shed about 200 lbs while still being a true street car with a full interior, AC, etc. So I started thinking about lighter alternative vehicles that could be modified to 1000+ hp and that could put the power to the ground. All-wheel drive went against the grain of light weight due to the added drive-line components.”
“One day I joked about putting the Venom 1000 Twin Turbo engine in the back of a Lotus Exige. Then I thought, let’s do a sketch and see what that might look like. When I saw the sketch I stopped laughing and really started to seriously think about this idea. We then had a few more detailed renderings made. And when I saw these drawings, I thought to myself, we can build this car with 1000+ hp and a weight well under 3000 lbs. A mid-engine design like the Ford GT will put the weight of the motor and transmission over the rear tires giving better traction. Design as much down-force as we will need to have a car that handles like a kart on the road or race track. At the same time also have a car with the best power to weight ratio possible giving unmatched acceleration. This is how the Venom GT concept was born.”
The Story of Hennessey Venom GT
Bugatti Veyron Super SportsThe Bugatti Veyron is, by every measure, the world's most extreme production road car. It's the quickest to 60, was the highest top speed, and can absolutely dominate a track untill Hennessey Venom GT 2013.
The original Veyron claimed 1,001 horsepower, which in itself was a major technical achievement. Its engine, boasting 16 cylinders, was essentially formed by joining two V8 engines at the crank.
The W16 powerplant displaces 8.0-liters and features ten radiators for everything from the engine cooling systems to the air conditioner.
The standard Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupe ran a cool $1.3 million and could reach a top speed of 253 mph - a speed it can maintain for 12 minutes before all the fuel is gone. Power is transmitted to the pavement via four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The car could hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and 150 mph in 9.8 seconds. Getting to 200 mph took 18.3 seconds, and 250 mph takes 42.3 seconds.
Bugatti has ceased production of the original coupe version of the Veyron, but continues to churn out limited edition open-air Veyron models. The latest such example, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, boasts an enormous 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque.
Bugatti managed to bump the Vitesse to 1,200 horsepower by fitting the convertible with four enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers. Due to the car's open roof, additional chassis supports had to be added to the Vitesse to handle the added power, so the car's top speed will likely fall just short of the Super Sport's 267 mph top end.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Specification
|Cylinder capacity||7993 cm³|
|Power output||882 KW (1200 hp) at 6400 rpm|
|Max. torque||1500 Nm at 3000–5000 rpm|
|Gearbox||7 Gear DSG|
|Top speed||415 km/h|
|0–100 km/h||2.5 sec|
|0–200 km/h||6.7 sec|
|0–300 km/h||14.6 sec|
|Lateral acceleration||1.4 g|
|In town||867 g/km|
|Fuel type||Super lead free 98 RON/ROZ|
|Top speed||408.47 km/h (253.81 mph) (average)|
431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) (average)
|0–100 km/h (0.0–62.1 mph)||2.46 seconds||0–240 km/h (0.0–149.1 mph)||9.8 seconds|
|0–300 km/h (0.0–186.4 mph)||16.7 seconds|
|0–400 km/h (0.0–248.5 mph)||55 seconds|
|Standing quarter-mile (402 m)||10.2 seconds (standard), 9.9 seconds|
|Braking||31.4 m (from 100 km/h to 0)|
|EPA city driving||8 miles per U.S. gallon (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg-imp)||EPA highway driving||14 miles per U.S. gallon (17 L/100 km; 17 mpg-imp)|
|Top speed fuel economy||3 miles per U.S. gallon (78 L/100 km; 3.6 mpg-imp), or 1.4 U.S. gal (5.3 L; 1.2 imp gal) per minute|
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