The Hennessey Performance Venom GT Is the World’s Fastest Car

Bugatti and Koenigsegg have at one point or another in recent years staked a claim to producing the world’s fastest sports car. The French carmaker declared itself victorious in 2005 and 2010, with the Veyron 16.4 and Veyron Super Sport, respectively, and its Swedish rival has made a similar announcement in recent years with its Agera supercar. And while any street-legal vehicle capable of surpassing the 250 mph threshold seems unreasonable, records were made to be broken (or so the saying goes).

In late February, a relatively small tuning shop in Texas reportedly snatched the crown from those famed European supercar marques. The Hennessey Venom GT achieved a speed of 270.49 mph, which—according to representatives from Hennessey Performance, the motor-oil company Pennzoil, and Racelogic, the GPS-device manufacturer that clocked the speed—sets the world record for fastest two-seat production sports car.

The Venom GT looks something like a highly modified and stretched Lotus Exige with a carbon-fiber body. Its engine delivers a daunting 1,244 hp and downright dangerous 1,155 ft lbs of torque, which enables it to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 2.7 seconds—making the car seem like a better fit for a video game than real-life driving. But for drivers looking to own the fastest car on the block (or the planet), the 1,244 hp Venom GT is priced at $1.2 million; a 1,000 hp version is available for $995,000.

Of course, soon after the Venom GT broke this record, Koenigsegg took the wraps off a limited-edition version of its Agera dubbed the One:1, which the Swedish carmaker claims will reach a top speed of 273 mph. The battle continues. (www.venomgt.com)

Only seven of the themed Continental GT Speed models will be made, and owners get to ride in a jet...
Lufthansa allows first-class fliers to drive a Porsche 911 or Panamera while waiting for wheels up...
These hard chargers from the world’s premier automotive masters are fast, furious, and the future…
Unconstrained by convention, today’s top builders produce motorcycles that set new benchmarks…
Photo by James Lipman
Bentley proves that luxurious amenities and raw speed make fine bedfellows…
The Range Rover Sport SVR is the first in Land Rover’s new ultrapowerful lineup…
Robb Report Spain named the 2015 GTA Spano supercar to 2015's Best of the Best...
Though its power is electronically limited, the bike still puts its road-going competitors to shame…
Vintage formula 5000 cars will make their debut at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion...
The new specification for the Flying Spur V8 includes 20-inch alloy wheels for a sportier stance…