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Hennessey Venom GT Sets New World Speed Record for 2-Seat Sports Car

On February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new world speed record for 2-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 270.49 mph.

The test was performed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway. Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park, drove the Venom GT to its record speed. A representative from Racelogic, maker of VBox GPS data-acquisition systems, was on hand to independently verify and document the Venom GT’s highest recorded speed.

The second fastest production car, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is speed limited to 258mph and requires over 4 miles to reach this speed. Hennessey’s Venom GT passed that speed in just 2 miles.

“I knew the car had it in it, but it’s a thrill to officially validate the Venom GT’s 270-mph speed,” said Hennessey CEO Don Goldman in a press release. “Venturing anywhere above 200 mph—let alone 270—is not to be taken lightly, and we’re elated to have accomplished our goal.”

In response to comments about Bugatti’s previous record, Hennessey offered, “there were lots of comments about Bugatti Veyron, Guinness world record certification, etc.  Apparently when Bugatti ran their Veyron Grand Vitesse in 2013 with the top removed to claim a world record for fastest open top car, they ran the car in one direction only at the VW test facility in Ehra-Lessien, Germany.  Guinness was not present, and Bugatti gave themselves the award anyway as the speeds were certified by the German TUV.”
To date, HPE has built and delivered eleven Venom GTs to owners around the world. Each vehicle is built to order and takes six months to complete. As the production run will be limited to a total of just 29 units worldwide, the Venom GT is not only the fastest but also one of the most exclusive hypercars ever produced.

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