It was the year 2010 when the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was hailed as the fastest production car in the world after reaching a record speed of 415 km/h (257.87 mph) with its 8.0 liter W16 and 1,200 HP engine. Around the same time, a new supersport was being conceived in the United States, which would advance to dethrone the Veyron and become the new king of speed. This dream was realized on February 14.
Last year the Hennessey Venom GT managed to surpass those 415 km/h (257.8 mph), proclaiming itself as the fastest car on the road. However, Bugatti —part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998—still claimed the title as its own, arguing that, in its day, the Veyron reached a top speed of 431 km/h (267.81 mph), but had to be electronically limited to avoid extreme degradation of its tires.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the engineers at Hennessey set out to put an end— once and for all— to the controversy. They took a Venom GT to the landing strip of the J.F. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in order to force to the maximum the 1,244 CV of its 7.0-liter biturbo engine.
The result can be seen— and almost felt—in this video: and as a representative of the data manufacturer GPS Racelogic confirmed, the Hennessey Venom GT reached the astonishing speed of 435, 31 km/h (270.49 mph). The company even claims the car had to brake because the track was not long enough. They said it could have reached 450 km/h (280 mph)!
Without a doubt, the Hennessey Venom GT is the world’s fastest supercar. However, it will not be able to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest production car in the world for two reasons: first, because NASA did not allow the back and forth testing as required, and the second, and more importantly, for the simple fact that to be considered a “production car”, at least 30 units should be manufactured, and Hennessey will produce only 29.
Of all the Venom GT manufactured, only 11 have been delivered so far, for a price between 600.000 and one million dollars each. ■