Hennessey take world record off Bugatti

The Hennessey Venom GT has set a new record for the highest top speed for a road legal production car.
The Hennessey Venom GT has set a new record for the highest top speed for a road legal production car.

Pay attention Bugatti. Texan tuner and manufacturer Hennessey have set a new world record for the fastest street legal production car.

The Hennessey Venom GT reached 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h) on a runway at the John F Kennedy Space Centre in Miami, Florida, eclipsing the previous record of 269.86 mph (434.29 km/h) set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport at Volkswagen's secret test track in 2010. Using the same landing strip once used by the Space Shuttle, the Venom GT's record speed was confirmed by GPS and on board tracking.

The Hennessey Venom GT is amongst the most powerful and fastest road cars in the world. With a twin-turbocharged 7.0-litre V8 kicking out a phenomenal 1,244 hp (927 kW) and weight 1,244 kg means a power to weight ratio of one horsepower per kg. A standing start to 100km/h is reached in 2.7 seconds and a record setting zero to 300km/h in 13.63 seconds.

All that remains now is for the good ol boys at Hennessey to do it again in both directions with the Guiness World Record people watching for it to become official.

- NZ Herald

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