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Fastest Car in the World - Hennessey Venom GT

Updated on July 15, 2014


One of the earlier articles on the World’s 10 fastest cars made two important observations. The first one was that the top ten cars keep toppling each other for the top spot and the second one was that the Hennessey Venom GT, looked a good contender to do the job of being the fastest.

Hennessey Venom GT
Hennessey Venom GT | Source

Fastest Accelerating Car - Hennessey Venom GT

Both our assumptions seem to have come true with barely a month since the last article was written. The Hennessey Venom GT has become the fastest production car to do a 0-300 km. But the real news is that the Venom does the fastest run making it the only car in this world to have done a 270 mph.

In the process the Hennessey Venom has toppled two cars from their perch. One is the Koenigsegg Agera R for the fastest acceleration while the second is the Bugatti Veyron for the fastest car. Well the latter is not a record, honestly. Let's get into the details nonetheless.

Fastest Accelerating Production Car

The acceleration test took place at the Ellington Airport at Texas, USA. The car achieved the 0-300 km/hr at an average time of 13.63 seconds. That is mighty fast for a car, considering the fact that most of the road cars would achieve a speed of just 100 km/hr in the said time. Hennessey Venom GT breaks the Guinness World Record for the fastest 300 kmph, till date held by Koenigsegg Agera R. The Agera’s speed was down by nearly a second in comparison to the Hennessey Venom GT’s performance. The Agera had done the 300 kmph run in 14.53 seconds.

The Hennessey achieved the average time of 13.63 seconds based on its two-way run within an hour. The first run was clocked at 13.18 seconds for accelerating to 300 kmph with the assistance of a 6 kmph tailwind. On the reverse run it clocked 14.08 seconds running into a headwind of 10 kmph.

Venom GT [ 0 to 300 kmph in 13.63 seconds]

Fastest Car in the World - 270.49 mph

This is the second record, though it will not be upheld by an record book, but what the heck, the car drove faster than any other car in the world. The Hennessey hit the record 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space center. The admirable part is that the car started from standstill and broke the record. That is unlike the Bugatti Veyron which had a run-in at an incline and then a 5 mile road to reach the 267 mph record.

So, why didn't the Hennessey just do the second run and secure the record? Sadly, NASA did not permit them the second run; just one run and that was the deal. So, Hennessey will be remembered as a potential fastest car and not "The" fastest car. But then, hey, you never know what can happen in the future. Maybe, Hennessey does find a place to do the two way run and be the fastest in the world. For now, however, it is Bugatti all the way!

Watch the Hennessey's 270.49 mph run here.

Note: This video is taken from Youtube and has been included for representational purpose only. The author has no rights over the following video.

Hennessey Venom GT - 270.49 mph (at 1:34)

Now a little more on the car that broke the record. The Hennessey Venom GT is a two-seater, rear wheel drive vehicle which has a curb weight of only 1,244 kg. The power generated by the Venom’s 7.0 litre, V8 engine is 1,244 hp and translates to a power-to-weight ratio of one hp per kg of the car. That is enormous considering the fact that the Bugatti is almost 3 times heavier. The car would be priced around $1.2 million but the sad news is that only 29 would be ever built. Sad, assuming that we have that kind of money!

The next milestone for the Venom is the top speed which is currently being held by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (sadly). The Bugatti achieved a two-way timed speed of 267.86 mph or 431.072 km/hr. By the looks of it Bugatti should watch this space.


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      Savio Koman 16 months ago from Mumbai, India

      Hi David,

      No doubt, Bugatti is a great car, but like I said this is a space to watch.

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      David Brain 2 years ago

      Oooh Bugatti