Car News 24 Feb 2016

Venom GT’s Victory

Venom GT’s Victory

Hennessey’s supercar, the Venom GT has set a new top speed world record of 270mph; making it the world’s fastest car. The Venom GT already holds the record for fastest time from 0-300kmph in 13.63 seconds and 0-200mph in 14.51 seconds. The world’s top speed title was taken away from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which had previously set the record of 268mph in 2010. The new world record was set over a 3.2 mile stretch at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Unfortunately, it will not be verified as a Guinness World Record as that requires the average speed from two runs to be taken.

The Venom GT uses a 7.0 litre twin turbo GM sourced V8 engine with a highly modified Lotus Exige chassis. Former racing driver and tyre test engineer Brian Smith was behind the wheel setting this new record. Brian believes if the stretch had been longer, the GT would have reached an even higher top speed. Mr Smith accelerated from 20-120mph in just 7.71 seconds and then continued to accelerate at 1mph per second from 260-270 mph. Thus far, 11 Venom GT’s have been built and delivered around the world. They are custom built and priced at £720,000 plus shipping and any extras and take around 6 months to be completed.

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