The first time I heard of the Hennessey Venom GT I started to wonder, what does a cognac and car have in common? Until, I heard that it broke the Bugatti Veyron’s Super Sport record of 267.86 mph. There was no other way for the Hennessey Performance team to announce themselves better than by making the fastest street legal car.
The Hennessey name isn’t to be confused with the French making Cognac experts Hennessy, as the name was adopted from the founder John Hennessey.
This car has the chassis of a Lotus Eidge and the power of a Bugatti Veyron. This means you get a car that not only looks good but goes as fast as it should. Driving at 270.49 mph, it is the fastest street legal machine out there.
Driving at 270.49 mph, it is the fastest street legal machine out there.
The Venom did its record on February 14, 2014, at the Kennedy Space Station. However, the Hennessey team were only able to do one run and had only built up 16 units. For it to go into the Guinness World Record for fastest production car, it had to go for at least two runs and meet a production number of 30.
It may not have conquered Bugatti officially, but it was able to get the record for fastest production car to go 0-186mph averaging an acceleration time of 13.63 seconds. That is fast even for a car that reaches speeds beyond 200mph.
Speaking to Top Gear, John Hennessey explained that getting into NASA was no mean feat, they had to wait for 2 years. Also, they had wanted to do the 2 runs, but NASA permitted only one run. However, he expressed that this had been a dream come true for Hennessey, as they had dreamt of making the fastest car in the world. Wrapping up the TG interview John Hennessey expressed that they aren’t in competition with Bugatti, as they have totally different niches, while Bugatti is tuned to comfort, they are tuned to speed.
The car’s specs are quite exhilarating for any hyper car fan out there. With 1,244bhp at a light sized equal numbered weight of 1244kgs, this car is made for speed.
The car was bought by Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler for a reported $1,000,000. This sum is beyond most of us, however if money isn’t a problem you’ll enjoy being the fastest on any street worldwide.
The Hennessey Venom F5 wants to take it up a notch, as they try and get 1,400bhp out of a twin-turbo V8 engine. Expected speeds for the F5 are expected to be in the regions of 261 to 318 mph. However, the Hennessey team have made a modest target of 290 mph for this car. Its release date has been set at 2016.
Overall, the Hennessey Venom GT is a speedster set at giving you record performance, however let’s hope that the Hennessey team will build their own chassis on future models. Do you feel happy with the standard set by the Guinness Book of Records for car manufacturers to beat the fastest production car?