The makers of the Hennessey Venom GT claim it’s the world’s fastest production car, with a top speed of 272 miles per hour. According to a computer simulation, that is. It’s never actually been attempted.
We thought they didn’t have the balls to back it up, but John Hennessey’s company recently ran some speed tests that, while they didn’t show the car’s top speed, hint that the computer might not be wrong.
The Venom GT set a new world record for the 0-300 kilometer per hour sprint, doing the deed in just 13.63 seconds. In miles per hour, by the way, that’s zero to 186.4. A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand to certify the feat, so it will make the book. The speed is actually the average of two runs – one with the wind at 13.18 seconds, one going against it at 14.08. And for gearheads, that’s no roll-out, no adjustment for elevation.
While the numbers don’t guarantee that the Venom can outrun the current world speed record holder, we should note that that car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, does the 0-300 kph run in 22.2 seconds, and boasts a record-setting top speed of 268. Blistering acceleration and record top speed don’t necessarily go together – there are a handful of cars that run the 0-300 faster than the Bugatti but can’t match its highest speed.
Carrying just the test driver, the car also managed a 0-200 mph run in 14.51 seconds.
The Venom GT is a simple concept – a stretched Lotus Exige frame fitted with a twin-turbocharged version of the Corvette ZR1’s V8. Hennessey engineers have tuned the mill to an astonishing 1,244 horsepower. Not a stripped-down racer built just for the numbers, it boasts alcantara-covered seats, a premium stereo and even weight-adding air conditioning.
Want one? Best of luck to you. The car runs $1.2 million, is hand-built to order, and takes six months of construction. Hennessey’s production lines can handle building just ten per year.