It seems little known supercar maker, Hennessey, keeps itself busy by smashing one world record after another. After snatching the title of the world’s fastest production car from 0-300km/h in a Venom GT, with an average time of 13.63 seconds in January 2013, it is now adding another trophy to its cabinet with the world’s fastest production vehicle available for public purchase.
The feat was accomplished at the United States Naval Air Station in Lemoore, Central California, on the 9 February 2013. Rolling on Michelin Pilot Super Sport DOT, the Venom GT hit a mind boggling 427.6km/h (265.7 mph)!
“While a Veyron Super Sport did run 267.8 mph, Bugatti speed-limits its production vehicles to 258 mph,” said Henessey’s owner, John Hennessey.
“Thus, at 265.7 mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public.”
The Hennessey Venom GT is powered by a Chevrolet-sourced 7.0-litre LS9 twin turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 1,244 horsepower (928kW) and 1,566Nm of torque at 1.3 bar (19psi) of boost pressure. With only 1,244kg to move, it’s not surprising the Lotus Elise based, but hugely modified Venom is capable of such speeds.
Check out the video below to see the Venom GT breaking the record.