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Hennessey gets patriotic with Venom GT “World’s Fastest Edition”

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March 25, 2014

The Venom GT WFE has a new livery that incorporates the colors of the American flag

The Venom GT WFE has a new livery that incorporates the colors of the American flag

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Last month, the Hennessey Performance (HPE) Venom GT skidded into the record books when it hit over 270 mph at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. To commemorate this event, as well as snatching a Guinness World Record by doing 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 13.63 seconds, HPE is rolling out its very limited-run World’s Fastest Edition (WFE) Venom GT with a special livery.

On February 14, the Venom GT hit 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h) on the 3.2-mi (5.1 km) Space Shuttle runway at the Kennedy Space Center, setting a new world speed record for a production series two-seat sports car. Though the speed was independently confirmed, the run by Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsport Park, test driver, vehicle dynamic engineer, and authorized by NASA’s Performance Power LLC Space Act Agreement, is still unofficial because the space agency did not allow the Venom to do a second run in the opposite direction on the same day, as the rules require.

The Venom GT after its record-breaking run in February

The special edition’s livery has a patriotic flair. According HPE founder John Hennessey, “The Venom GT is America’s supercar and it broke 270 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center. We wanted to offer a special paint scheme that would incorporate the colors of the American flag – the same flag we flew on the Space Shuttle runway. Thus, our special livery package includes a body in white with red and blue stripes.”

The company attributes the Venom GT’s record-breaking speed to its 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine cranking a daft 1,244 bhp (928 kW) mounted in a car weighing only 2,743 lb (1,244 kg) for a power to weight ratio of 1 bhp/kg. The light weight of the body is due to its aluminum construction, carbon-fiber bodywork, and featherweight carbon-ceramic brakes.

If you want one of the WFE cars, you’re already out of luck. Only three are being built and they’ve all been sold for a cool US$1.25 million each.

The video below shows the Venom GT’s record-breaking run.

Source: Hennessey Performance

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3 Comments

Going all "red white and blue" and saying “The Venom GT is America’s supercar" is all well and good - but it's a heavily modified Lotus Exige. A British manufacturer.

gizfan5
26th March, 2014 @ 01:19 am PDT

This run was covered/debated on reddit a while back. I think even if they did do the run in 2 directions in order for their time to officially qualify the Venom has not technically produced enough units to be considered a production vehicle and wouldn't qualify for the production vehicle record.

The record for non-production vehicles is higher than the one they are claiming to have broke. So:

1. Their time is not official

2. Even if their time were official they still didn't break the record

A lot of people were pretty angry with the company etc. as well for having a reputation of leaving a lot of customers hanging and some non-so-nice business practices. There is more detail but I'll omit it.

Additionally, even if Venom itself were a production car how modified is the tested version compared to the other models that are sold. From all the stuff I read I don't have any reason to believe the car they used is even a stock venom GT.

It is my guess that if you picked any recent GT at random and tried this it wouldn't even come close to these numbers where an off the shelf Bugatti Veyron is likely to come much closer to its official 267.8 MPH record.

TL;DR Some guys from a shady company in the US have an unconfirmed time of a single heavily modified Lotus Exige beating some production cars. They broke no records in the process.

Daishi
26th March, 2014 @ 06:02 am PDT

Another toy for the wealthy while the rest of us are left to rot.

Nelson Hyde Chick
26th March, 2014 @ 05:05 pm PDT
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