The US-built Lotus Elise/Exige-based Hennessey Venom GT, powered by a twin-turbocharged General Motors-sourced 7.0-litre V8, ticked over 427.6km/h (265.7mph) down a two-mile (3.22km) runway at the Lemoore Naval Air Station in California to set the new record.
Weighing 1244kg and with a powerplant that develops 928kW of power at 6600rpm and 1564Nm of torque at 4400rpm, the Hennessey Venom GT hits 100km/h in 2.7 seconds, holds the Guinness World Record for its 0-300km/h time of 13.63 and will cover the quarter mile in 9.92 seconds.
While Hennessey president and founder John Hennessey does admit that the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has achieved a top speed of 430.98km/h, he points out that Bugatti speed-limit its production vehicles to 415km/h.
“Thus, at 265.7mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public,” said John Hennessey.
The helpful gents at Hennessey also add that the Veyron Super Sport requires more than double the distance of the Venom GT to reach its limited terminal velocity.
Though the Venom GT’s new record is for a car available for members of the public to purchase, at a cost of US$1.2 million ($1.15 million) and limited to only 29 cars, ownership of a Hennessey Venom GT remains far from attainable.
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