American firm Hennessey has just wrestled the “world’s fastest car” title from the folks at Bugattii.
A Hennessey Venom GT was filmed racking up 265.7mph across a runway at the United States Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California, eclipsing the Veyron’s electronically limited maximum of 258mph.
The Hennessey Venom GT’s speed was recorded using a pair of VBOX 3i data logging systems, operated by VBOX engineers who’d tagged along to witness the attempt, so it’s about as official as official gets. Hennessey was keen to highlight the fact that its car reached this top speed over a two-mile stretch and that the Veyron, in contrast, needs four miles to reach its inferior terminal velocity.
It’s not as if the Venom GT’s top speed is anything to be surprised about. The car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 7-litre V8 that produces 1,244hp and 1,155lb-ft of torque, which is pretty much all the power and torque available in the universe — give or take a few atomic bombs. It’s overkill when asked to propel this 2,743-pound waif, so blistering top speed is the very least we’d expect.
Incredibly, the Hennessey Venom GT could probably have gone a tad faster. The driver in the video appeared to fluff one of his gear changes from fourth to fifth gear and was forced to brake early when he ran out of runway. With a bit more room to push and better stickmanship, there’s every chance the Venom GT could topple 270mph.
Check out the run for yourself in the video below.