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2013-01-24 10:50

LEAVING THE VEYRON BEHIND: The Hennessey venom GT smashed the record for the world's fastest accelerating car after hitting 300km/h in 13.63 seconds.

 

HOUSTON, Texas - The Hennessey Venom GT is a Texan-built supercar powered by a 7.0 V8 engine developing a whopping 927kW.

In January it showed the world just how quick it was when the Venom graced a runway in Houston, USA, to attempt a new world record for acceleration.

The Venom GT rocketed from 0-300km/h in 13.63 seconds.

GOING FOR THE RECORD

Guinness World Records were there to verify the time - with Hennessey taking the record from the similarly outrageous Koenigsegg Agera which did 0-300km/h in 14.53 seconds.

The R13-million supercar also managed 0-321km/h in 14.51 seconds - a staggering 7.7 seconds quicker than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (22.2s).

Flat-out the Venom GT, which was piloted by test driver John Kiewicz, did 0-160km/h in 5.88 seconds and after one-mile had reached 330km/h.

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John Hennessey, the boss of Hennessey Performance, today revealed he was going after the record for top speed, which is currently held by the 431km/h Veyron Super Sport.

The firm will have its work cut out to find somewhere to hit this speed - with Bugatti having special access to Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

Hennessey said: "We are exceptionally proud of our team at HPE who helped to make this new Guinness World Record possible. It was a great moment, but this is just the beginning and we plan to set a few more speed records as part of our Venom GT validation process.

"We are in the process of looking for a runway or toll road long enough to make some top speed runs. A flat four mile stretch of road would be ideal and we're confident the Venom GT will do 434km/h and more."

Hennessey plans to build just 29 Venom GTs with each model taking six months to build.

The firm has sold ten models so far with Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler owning a convertible edition.



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