Hennessey Venom GT sets new world record for fastest production car image

Hennessey Performance (HPE) today announced that on January 10, 2013 its street-legal Venom GT supercar driven by John Kiewicz accelerated from 0-300 km/h in just 13.63 seconds establishing the vehicle as a new record holder according to Guinness World Records.

The acceleration time was an average of two runs made in oapposite directions within one hour and validated by a VBox 3i GPS-based data logging system. VBox officials were on hand to certify the numbers as required by Guinness rules.

The first run was completed in 13.18 seconds with a 4 mph tailwind. The second run was made in 14.08 seconds while encountering a 6 mph headwind. The resulting two-way 0-300 km/h average was 13.63 seconds which was more than enough to break the previous record held by the Koenigsegg Agera R.

“We are exceptionally proud of our team at HPE who helped to make this new Guinness World Record possible,” said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “This is just the first of several validation tests designed to show the world what our special car is all about – being the fastest. Period.”

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The acceleration runs were conducted at Ellington Airport located southeast of Houston, Texas, using the seventh production Venom GT — a street-legal car that makes use of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup DOT-approved radial tires, 93-octane pump fuel, and a full interior replete with high-end stereo, air conditioning, and bespoke leather/Alcantara seats. Powered by a 7.0-liter V8 engine fed by twin Precision turbochargers, the Venom GT produces 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque.

Weighing at just 1,244 kg the rear-wheel-drive Venom GT delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per each kilogram of vehicle curb weight.

“We are especially grateful to the City of Houston and the staff at Ellington Airport for allowing to conduct this World Record attempt on their perfectly paved 8,000 ft. runway,” said Hennessey Performance CEO Don Goldman.

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Although Guinness® only recognizes runs made in kilometers per hour (km/h), the Venom GT® also set a new unofficial acceleration record of 0-200 miles per hour (mph) in 14.51 seconds as verified by VBox GPS. The 0-200 mph record was previous held by the Koenigsegg Agera R that required 17.68 seconds time— 3.17 seconds slower than the Venom GT®. By comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (powered by a 1,200 horsepower 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine channeling power through an all-wheel-drive system) ran 0-200 mph in 22.2 seconds— 7.7 seconds slower than the Venom GT.

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The Venom GT accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.05 seconds, 0-100 mph in 5.88 seconds, ran the standing quarter-mile in 10.29 seconds at 158.83 mph, and ran the standing half-mile at 205.65 mph.

Hennessey only plans to build a total of 29 Venom GTs, with one-third of the production run already being sold. Thus, making the Venom GT not only the fastest accelerating production car in the world, but also one of the most exclusive. The Venom GT costs $1.2 million USD plus shipping and not including options.

A video of the record breaking run can be seen right below: