The Hennessey Venom GT set a world speed record for a two-seat sports car on February 14th with a top speed of 270.49 MPH. The record was set at the Kennedy Space Center so they could make use of the 3.2-mile long space shuttle landing runway.
The car was driven by Brian Smith who is the Director of Miller Motorsport and the whole thing was verified by a representative from Racelogic. Their VBOX GPS data shows that the Hennessey Venom GT was accelerating at an average rate of 1 MPH per second, basically, it’s mind-blowingly fast.
The record 270.49 MPH run was made over a distance of only 2.4 miles.
This speed record is just the latest record the Hennessey Venom GT has to its credit. It also holds the record for fastest 0-300 km/h at just 13.63 seconds and 0-200 mph at only 14.51 seconds.
The Hennessey Venom GT manages its feats of speed with a curb weight of 1,244 kilograms or 2,743 lbs and a power output of 1,244 bhp from a 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V8. That works out to 1 horsepower per kilogram of curb weight. Right now, only eleven of these incredible cars have been delivered to buyers with a total planned production run of just 29 units.
Check out the record-setting run…
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.