World’s Fastest Production Car from 0 – 300 km/h
On January 10, 2013 John Kiewicz drove the Hennessey Venom GT to a new Guinness WORLD RECORD for a two-seat production car from 0 – 300 km/h in 13.63 seconds at Ellington Airport in Houston, Texas, USA.
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January 21, 2013
Hennessey® Venom GT® Sets New Guinness® WORLD RECORD
Texas Supercar Becomes World’s Quickest Production Vehicle from 0-300 km/h
HOUSTON, Texas – Hennessey® Performance (HPE) today announced that on January 10, 2013 its street-legal Venom GT® supercar accelerated from 0-300 km/h in just 13.63 seconds, thus establishing the vehicle as a new record holder according to Guinness® WORLD RECORDS (GWR). The acceleration time was an average of two runs made in opposite directions within one hour and validated by a VBox 3i GPS-based data logging system. VBox officials were on hand to certify the numbers as required by Guinness® rules. The first run was completed in 13.18 seconds with a 4 mph tailwind. The second run was made in 14.08 seconds while encountering a 6 mph headwind. The resulting two-way 0-300 km/h average was 13.63 seconds.
“We are exceptionally proud of our team at HPE who helped to make this new Guinness® World Record possible,” said company founder and president, John Hennessey. “This is just the first of several validation tests designed to show the world what our special car is all about – being the fastest. Period.”
A Guinness® representative was on hand to witness the testing as well as to personally inspect the Venom GT® before making any acceleration attempts. After the record runs were made (and officially validated) the representative was given a ride in a Venom GT® to personally experience the performance. “I have never ridden in anything this fast,” said Guinness® WORLD RECORD adjudicator Philip Robertson. “The acceleration is absolutely amazing.”
The acceleration runs were conducted at Ellington Airport (also used by NASA) located southeast of Houston, Texas, using the seventh production Venom GT® — a street-legal car that makes use of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup DOT-approved radial tires, 93-octane pump fuel, and a full interior replete with high-end stereo, air conditioning, and bespoke leather / Alcantara seats. Powered by a 7.0-liter (427 cubic inch) V-8 engine fed by twin Precision turbochargers, the Venom GT® produces 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. Weighing just 1,244 kg (2,743 lbs) the rear-wheel-drive Venom GT® delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per each kilogram of vehicle curb weight.
“We are especially grateful to the City of Houston and the staff at Ellington Airport for allowing to conduct this World Record attempt on their perfectly paved 8,000 ft. runway,” said Hennessey Performance CEO Don Goldman.
Although Guinness® only recognizes runs made in kilometers per hour (km/h), the Venom GT® also set a new unofficial acceleration record of 0-200 miles per hour (mph) in 14.51 seconds as verified by VBox GPS. The 0-200 mph record was previous held by the Koenigsegg Agera R that required 17.68 seconds time— 3.17 seconds slower than the Venom GT®. By comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (powered by a 1,200 horsepower 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine channeling power through an all-wheel-drive system) ran 0-200 mph in 22.2 seconds— 7.7 seconds slower than the Venom GT®.
While conducting the Guinness® World Record runs, despite marginal traction (due to three days of previous rainfall), the Venom GT® accelerated from 0-60 mph in 3.05 seconds, 0-100 mph in 5.88 seconds, ran the standing quarter-mile in 10.29 seconds at 158.83 mph, and ran the standing half-mile at 205.65 mph. During testing done at Ellington Airport a few weeks prior to the Guinness® record runs, the Venom GT® accelerated to 300 km/h in 13.48 seconds while on its way to 370 km/h run (229.9 mph) in just 19.96 seconds.
Hennessey® only plans to build a total of 29 Venom GTs, with one-third of the production run already being sold. Thus, the Venom GT® is not only the fastest accelerating production car in the world, it’s also one of the most exclusive. The Venom GT® costs $1.2 million US Dollars plus shipping and not including options. Each vehicle is custom built to order and requires six months for completion.
About Hennessey® Performance
Established in 1991, Hennessey® Performance (HPE) now operates from a new facility comprised of a 36,000 square foot building that is located adjacent to Lonestar Motorsports Park, the company’s test track and IHRA sanctioned ¼ mile dragstrip. The 143-acre complex is located about 45 minutes west of Houston, Texas along Interstate 10. Hennessey® offer a wide variety of dyno-proven, track-tested parts for modern performance vehicles. In addition, Hennessey® operates Tuner School, the world’s first (fully state accredited) school dedicated to teaching and training future performance vehicle tuners.
In 2010, Hennessey® Performance opened a new 12,500 square foot facility in Lake Forest, California, to better serve clients in Southern California. For more information, contact John Hennessey at Hennessey® Performance at 979.885.1300 or visit www.venomgt.com or www.hennesseyperformance.com.
The May TopGear Car Pack is on its way! On Tuesday, May 1, ten new cars to race, collect, and appreciate will be available. The pack includes iconic classics from the 1960s and 70s, unique one-off creations, a little 4WD JDM love and some sweet late model production cars. From radical design canvasses to rigs with freakish drift potential, the saying, “something for everyone” is fitting this month. With the May TopGear Car Pack, you can go anywhere, at any speed, and enjoy whatever level of style you see fit.
The Venom GT will kick off its Monterey weekend early with Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival this Wednesday. Read about it in the latest press release below.
MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – Hennessey Performance (HPE) will unveil the company’s 1,200 HP, ultra-lightweight Venom GT supercar on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at the McCall’s Motorworks Revival. Held each year at the Monterey Jet Center, Gordon McCall’s party kicks-off the Monterey / Pebble Beach weekend.
Fresh from its European debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Hennessey Venom GT will be making its first appearance at Monterey. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to show the Venom GT to our friends and fellow enthusiasts at what has become one of the biggest and best car enthusiast events in the world,” says CEO, Don Goldman. “Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival combines serious car enthusiasts, world-class cars and aircraft, all in one fantastic party.”
The bright “bug-killer” yellow Venom GT will also be on display at the RM Auction at the Portolla Plaza hotel in downtown Monterey from Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20.
Hennessey builds just five Venom GTs per year, making it one of the most exclusive supercars currently built. Available in both left-hand and right-hand drive configurations, the Venom GT costs $950,000 US Dollars, plus optional upgrades and shipping. Each vehicle is hand-built over a period of six months by a small team of craftsmen at the company’s facilities in Sealy, Texas, Lake Forest, California and Silverstone, England.
“Twelve hundred horsepower combined with in a mid-engine chassis that weighs twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs) – no other road car and only a handful of race cars can match the power to weight ratio of the Venom GT,” added HPE president and founder, John Hennessey. “It is a driver’s car, a supercar with a soul that will give you as much speed and performance as you dare ask of it”.
New photography of the latest Hennessey Venom GT — Chassis Number 03 — is now available on the Gallery page.
The “Venom Red” supercar can be seen cruising the streets near the historic Silverstone Circuit, not far from the facility where the Venom GT’s is assembled, as well as professional studio shots that highlight its sharp angles and sweeping curves.
The February, 2011 issue of Road & Track may still be a few weeks from newsstands, but you can already catch their lead article featuring the Hennessey Venom GT online.
In the article, the editors join John Hennessey and GM veteran John Heinricy at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch where they take the Venom GT through its paces.
You can read the full Venom GT road test article online here, and check out video of the 1,200 horsepower supercar in action below:
The latest installment of Jay Leno’s Garage debuted today featuring the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT. In it, the car-centric comedian interviews John Hennessey as they give viewers an up-close look at what went into creating the 1,200 hp supercar, as well as a revealing peak into the car in action on the road course.
Click the video below to watch the full episode:
Hennessey Venom GT to Make
North American Debut at 2010 SEMA Show
October 26, 2010
LAS VEGAS, NV – Hennessey Performance (HPE) will debut the company’s all-new Venom GT mid-engine supercar on November 2, at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Powered by a Hennessey-tuned twin-turbo 6.2L V-8 engine, the Venom GT produces 1,200 bhp and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. The Venom GT will be unveiled live at 11:15 a.m. in the Mobil 1 display (booth #24243) located in Hall C3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Welcome to the all-new VenomGT.com: The official website dedicated solely to the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT.
We will be adding new pages of information, image galleries, videos and more as we continue to develop the site, so please look around and check back often as there will be many new and exciting things to come.