Hennessey Venom GT Hits 270.49 MPH at NASA: Faster than a Bugatti Veyron

The Hennessey Venom GT has hit 270.49 miles per hour (435.31 km/h) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the highest speed ever recorded by a production car, Top Gear reports.
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Powered by an insane twin-turbo 7.0-liter GM-sourced V8 engine that develops 1,244 hp, the Lotus Exige-based vehicle surpassed the world record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in July 2010 at 268 miles per hour (431,07 km/h).

Unfortunately for John Hennessey and his crew, the achievement can’t be filed for a Guinness World Record. Since the Venom GT didn’t do two runs as required by the GWR, the Veyron SS will retain its spectacular title. There’s also the fact that Hennessey will build only 29 of these vehicles, while Guinness’ rules state that production must include at least 30 units.

Nevertheless, the Venom GT’s NASA run is more than impressive, especially considering that the vehicle managed to accelerate from 20 mph to 120 mph in just 7.7 seconds and from 120 mph to 220 mph in less than 10 seconds.

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