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Henessey’s Venom GT becomes world’s fastest car

posted on Feb 25 2014 by Jade Hensby

Henessey’s Venom GT becomes world’s fastest car

The world’s fastest production model has been once again changed, this time the title goes to the super car Venom GT, created by the American firm Henessey after it reached a top speed of 270mph.

It has emerged that the Texan manufacturer was given permission to use Nasa’s space shuttle landing runway in Florida for a one-off test in the 1,200bhp machine. The car managed to reach 270.49mph compared to the average top speed of 200mph in a Formula 1 car. It means the car is slightly quicker than the 269.86mph record that was achieved by Bugatti in 2010.

The record was revealed to with the test pilot Brian Smith telling the website that the car would be capable of going even faster “at the very top end there was little wandering, but hey, we’re going was still pulling. If we could run on an-eight mile oval, we could go faster than that”.

However, though there was an impressive new speed reached, they only took the car for one test run, and for an official record to stand there must be two runs performed. Therefore the top still belongs to the Veyron Super Sport.

The Hennessey Venom GT costs £800,000 and is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 7-litre V8 engine which develops a whopping 1,244bhp. 0-62 in just 2.7 seconds, in Florida it went from 20mph to 120mph in a mere 7.71 seconds.

It launched in 2011 and since then, 11 people have taken delivery so far. The high end sports car dealership, Romans International in Surrey, sold the UKs only Venom GT in 2013.