Hennessey Venom GT Brings Fastest Car Title Back to the US
The United States got a lovely Valentine’s Day gift from John Hennessey. On February 14, 2014, Brian Smith (Director of Miller Motorsport Park) piloted the Hennessey Venom GT down the 3.22-mile Kennedy Space Center Space Shuttle landing runway to a world record speed of 270.49 miles-per-hour (435.12 km/h). The world’s fastest car is now the 1,244 horse, 1,155 pound-feet Hennessey Venom GT.
The Texas-made Hennessey Venom GT is just a top speed car. It’ll do an impressive 2.7 seconds 0 to 60 mph and an absolutely astounding 14.51 seconds from 0-200 mph. I guess that’s what you get when you combine a 2,743 pound car with a 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 1,244 horses. Oh, and in case you’re curious, 2,743 pounds equals 1,244 kg. That means the Hennessey Venon GT is not only the world’s most powerful convertible, it has a power-to-weight ratio of one hp per kg. Holy crap.
I was oh so very fortunate to get up close and personal with the actual record-setting Hennessey Venom GT last night at the duPont Registry Live party ahead of the 2014 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. And, I can tell you that car is astonishing. It’s the perfect example of form following function while maintaining incredible and aggressive beauty. Just being near the Hennessey Venom GT will give you goosebumps.
Anyway, enjoy the photos of the Hennessey Venom GT posing next to the 708 hp Hennessey Performance HPE700 Twin Turbo Corvette, which is a gorgeous car in its own right.