Since the dawn of time, two things have been set in stone-rubbing sticks together makes fire, and speed is awesome. Man’s fascination with going fast has led us to some awesome places.
Picture a human being, sat behind the wheel of a car, surrounded by just millimetres of carbon fibre, hurtling at 1/6th the speed of a bullet. Imagine no more, because it happened, and in this incredible vehicle:
Hennessey Venom GT
Do not adjust your screens, that’s actually the carbon fibre/aluminum hybrid body work. Before we look in to the specs of this unique monster, let’s focus on the speed. Boy, does this thing move.
Twin precision ball-bearing superchargers combined with a 90-degree V8 block make this thing untouchable, quite literally. Here’s a snap of the engine bay, followed by the video of the Venom GT hitting an amazing 270MPH:
Beautiful Beast With 1244 BHP
Not only does this GT look the part, it absolutely chews tarmac. Hungry for the world record, the Venom GT had it’s way in 2014, and the record still stands to this day (2017). Following a number of attempts, the record was broken at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Check out the video of that attempt below, which has since been disputed by Bugatti:
As mentioned, the Bugatti is still registered as the Guinness World Record holder, but purely on a technicality. According to Guinness, a run in opposite directions is required to ensure no tailwind assistance.
Regardless, the above video is indisputable evidence of how purely desirable this car really is. If that wasn’t enough, check out the full specs for the Hennessey Venom GT from their official website:
2014 Hennessey Venom GT Specs
Price: $1.2 million USD
2014 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications
Standing half mile
Est. top speed
13.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
14.51 sec. – Hypercar World Record
9.92 sec. @ 163 mph
overhead valve, 2 valves/cyl
twin precision ball bearing turbochargers
1244 bhp @ 6600 rpm (cockpit-adjustable to 800, 1000 & 1244 bhp)
1155 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
7000 cc/427 cu. in.
dry sump system
electronic sequential multi-port
Brakes, f & r
|mid-longitudinal engine/rear drive|
carbon fiber & composite/aluminum hybrid monocoque-space frame
15.0 x 1.3-in. carbon-ceramic rotors, 6-piston Brembo fixed calipers
Hennessey H10 forged monoblock, 9.5 x 19 front, 12.5 x 20 rear
Michelin Pilot Super Sport; 265/30ZR19 front, 345/30ZR20 rear
rack & pinion, 6-position variable electric assist
unequal-length tubular A-arms, anti-roll bars
Penske 2-way-adjustable coilovers
adjustable; range of 2.4 in.