Hennessey beats Bugatti’s top speed in an inspiring new video

Hennessey Performance Engineering, the American sportscar manufacturing company has managed to register a record top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 kmph) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Revealed in a new video, Hennessey Venom GT beats Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s top speed of 267.81 mph (430.99 kmph).

Even though Hennessey Venom GT registered a top speed higher than that of Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, it will not feature in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest production car. The reason, to enter in the Guinness record books, the manufacturer must produce at least 30 units, and has to time speed-runs in both directions.

As you can see in the video above, Hennessey has not timed the runs in both directions, because NASA would not allow them (?), and Hennessey is going to produce only 29 units (?) of Venom GT, of which 11 are only sold. Hennessey Venom GT has a Guinness record to it’s name though, fastest car to reach the 300mph mark, 13.63 seconds.

Hennessey beats Bugatti's top speed in an inspiring new video (1)

John Hennessey, founder of Hennessey Performance Engineering, says that it took him two years of convincing and negotiations in order to get access at the 3.22-mile landing runway of Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Driver of the Venom GT in the video, Brian Smith believes that the car could have gone even faster, but he had to brake at the end of 2.6 mile mark, as the car needed the remaining runway to slow-down to 70 mph. “It was still pulling,” said driver Brian Smith after the record run. “If we could run on an 8-mile oval we could go faster than that. On the very top end there was a little wandering but, hey, we’re going 270 mph! The Venom GT didn’t required any big corrections, and the Michelins held traction really well.”

Hennessey beats Bugatti's top speed in an inspiring new video (24)Achieving the world record is a dream realized for company founder and president John Hennessey. “I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero. Even though the astronaut thing didn’t work out for me, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to set our speed record on the hallowed grounds of the American space program,” said Hennessey. “Building and validating our Venom GT as the world’s fastest has been a long journey and a lot of hard work. But as President Kennedy once so eloquently said, ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’ As a result we have built a better car and a better team at Hennessey Performance (HPE).”

Hennessey beats Bugatti's top speed in an inspiring new video (18)A representative from Racelogic, world-renowned maker of GPS data-acquisition systems, was on hand to independently verify and document the Venom GT’s speed record. “The Venom GT attained a maximum speed of 270.49 mph as measured by our VBOX 3i GPS system,” said Racelogic engineer Joe Lachovsky. The VBOX GPS data showed that the Venom GT was still accelerating at an average rate of 1 mph per second as it took just 10.1 seconds to go from 260 to 270 mph. The record run was made over a distance of 2.4 miles, which allowed the Venom just eight-tenths of a mile to stop. Thankfully, its Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes were able to haul the car down from 270 mph well before the end of the runway’s 1000-ft. threshold.

Hennessey beats Bugatti's top speed in an inspiring new video (2)“I knew the car had it in it, but it’s a thrill to officially validate the Venom GT’s 270-mph speed,” said Hennessey CEO Don Goldman. “Venturing anywhere above 200 mph—let alone 270—is not to be taken lightly, and we’re elated to have accomplished our goal.”

2013 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
Sunequal-length tubular A-arms, anti-roll bars
Penske 2-way-adjustable coilovers
adjustable; range of 2.4 in.

Drivetrain

Transmission Ricardo 6-Speed Manual
Final Drive Ratio 3.36:1
1st gear/max speed
2nd gear/max speed
3rd gear/max speed
4th gear/max speed
5th gear/max speed
6th gear/max speed
2.61:1 69 mph
1.71:1 105 mph
1.23:1 146 mph
0.94:1 191mph
0.77:1 233 mph
0.63:1 278 mph

Dimensions & Capacities

Length
Width
Height
Wheelbase
Track, front
Track, rear
Ground clearance
Curb weight
Fuel capacity
Weight distribution, f/r %
(with driver & passenger)
183.7 in./4655 mm
77.2 in./1960 mm
44.7 in./1135 mm
110.2 in./2800 mm
63.5 in./1612 mm
63.2 in./1604 mm
3.5 in. to 5.9 in./90 mm to 150 mm
2743 lb/1244 kg
18.5 gal./70 liters
44/56

Optional Upgrades

• Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP Tires
• Bare Carbon Fiber Finish
• Right-Hand Drive
• Stefano Ricci Bespoke Interior
• Stereo System Designed by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

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