Hennessey Performance Engineering announced that their street-legal offering- the Venom GT hit a top speed of 427.60 kph during a test run and in the process snatching away the top speed crown from the Bugatti Veyron. Though the non-production version of the Veyron Supersport has hit a higher speed at 430.98 kph, Bugatti restricts the production units to 258 mph (415.21 kph) making the Venom GT the fastest production car.
The sprint was conducted on a 2 mile long US Naval Airstation in Central California and it was said that the Venom GT ran out of road before running out of steam hinting at an even higher top whack. “While the 2.9 mile long runway is more than enough acceleration distance for a F/A-18 fighter jet, it was far too short for the Venom GT to reach it’s true top speed,” said Hennessey Performance CEO, Don Goldman. The run was validated by VBOX 3i GPS-based data logging systems and VBOX officials were present at the location to attest the figures. The car already holds a distinction of being the fastest from 0 – 300 kph in 13.63 seconds beating the Koenigsegg Agera R and earning a Guinness World Record entry.
Built on a modified Lotus Exige platform, the 1244 kgs Venom GT is powered by a twin turbo 7.0 litre engine producing 1244 bhp and 1566 nm of torque rendering a power to weight ratio of exactly 1bhp per kg. No wonder a 644 kgs advantage over the Veyron (1888 kgs) aids the GT to hit these speeds. Such nerve racking figures doesn’t mean the Venom GT is a barebone performer. In fact it comes with leather seats, air conditioning, a high end music system etc.
Hennessey would produce only 29 units of the Venom GT and one-third has already been sold out. You may have your own Venom GT at a modest US$ 1.2 million excluding shipping and customizations extra. You will be losing half a year’s of sleep from your order date considering the car takes 6 months for completion.
Have a look at the sprint: