An absolutely incredible video showcasing the record-setting top speed run of the Hennessey Venom GT has just been released, and as you can imagine, it is well worth a watch!
On February 14, the Hennessey Venom GT reached the highest top speed ever recorded by a production car hitting 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Centre. That incredible top speed has been GPS verified and it was actually set on the landing runway for NASA’s space shuttle!
This top speed edges just ahead of the 269.86 mph clocked by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport back in 2010. However, while it has proven itself to be faster in a straight line, the Hennessey Venom GT isn’t officially the world’s fastest production car. At least in the eyes of Guinness it isn’t. For Guinness to verify such a record, the car has to make two runs in, one in each direction, before an average top speed is calculated. As for the Veyron Super Sport, it was calculated at 267.8 mph after one run of 265.96 mph and the aforementioned run of 269.86 mph.
Unfortunately, the Hennessey Venom GT was not permitted to run in the opposite direction by NASA. When discussing this, company boss John Hennessey said, “We wanted to run in both directions, but the NASA guys wouldn’t let us. Getting into NASA isn’t easy. It was a two-year process.”
If however, the Venom GT was granted access to make top speed runs in both directions, Hennessey is confident that “the result would have been pretty much the same” in either direction. Additionally, Guinness only considers a car aiming for the production car record if 30 units are built. Just 29 units of the Hennessey Venom GT are destined for production and thus far, just 11 have been delivered.