Hennessey Venom GT sets new top speed world record
In a video launched to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Hennessey Performance is claiming to have set a new world record for the fastest production car, with insiders expecting the new record to be in excess of 280mph.
Hennessey’s record-setting car is an updated Venom GT that was previously announced at last year’s SEMA show. The improved 7.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine produces 1451bhp, which is a staggering 207bhp more than the previous version. Hennessey has also increased the boost pressure from 19psi to 26psi, helping the car hit 60mph in 2.4sec, with 100mph appearing in just 4.4sec.
The record is said to have been broken at the Kennedy Space Center, which is home to a 2.8-mile runway designed for landing space shuttles. It’s also where Hennessey set the last production car speed record in 2014. An announcement is due to be made later today to confirm the exact speed reached.
Bugatti held the record prior to Hennessey’s attempts, with its Veyron Super Sport reaching 267.91mph in 2010. Bugatti’s new hypercar, the Chiron, will be electronically limited to 261mph.
Hennessey claims that it will only produce “a handful” of Venom GTs in 2016, as focus turns to its new production car, the Venom F5.
Last week Nissan set its own world record for the fastest drift. It used a modified GT-R to hold a 30-degree drift at a speed of 189.5mph.