WATCH: World’s Fastest Road-Legal Car Shatters Speed Record

By vukasin
WATCH: World’s Fastest Road-Legal Car Shatters Speed Record

SO.MUCH.WANT…

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:

Dispute

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

Performance

0-60 mph
0-100 mph
0-300 km/h
0-200 mph
¼ mile
Standing half mile
Standing mile
Verified speed
Est. top speed
2.7 sec.
5.6 sec.
13.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
14.51 sec. – Hypercar World Record
9.92 sec. @ 163 mph
206 mph
253 mph
270.49 mph
278 mph

Engine

Type
Valvetrain
Block/heads
Forced induction
Horsepower
Torque
Displacement
Compression ratio
Redline
Lubrication
Fuel injection
90-degree V8
overhead valve, 2 valves/cyl
iron /aluminum
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.
9.2:1
7200 rpm
dry sump system
electronic sequential multi-port

Chassis

Layout
Body/frame
Brakes, f & r
Wheels
Tires
Steering
Suspension, f&r
Springs/shocks
Ride height
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.

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