Posted Jan 21st 2013 9:00PM
It's official, the Hennessey Venom GT is currently the fastest accelerating production car in the world! The crew at Hennessey has just added a new high-speed notch to their Venom GT's belt, as the street-legal 1,244 horsepower supercar ripped its way from 0-300 km/h in just 13.63 seconds.
Evidently that's the kind of shocking speed it takes to successfully set a Guinness World Record these days. Hennessey's rocket-like launch took place along a perfectly paved 8,000 ft. section of runway at Ellington Airport in Houston, TX. The acceleration record was fully verified by a VBox 3i GPS-based data logging system, as VBox officials were on hand to certify the exact numbers as required by Guinness rules and regulations.
"We are exceptionally proud of our team at Hennessey 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."
For those unfamiliar with the brute force of the Henessey Venom GT, it's powered by a heavily modified version of General Motors LS9 V8 engine (sourced from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1). But thanks to Hennessey's tuning tweaks and addiction to producing insane power figures, this 7.0 litre, twin-turbo monster cranks out some of the most impressive numbers and delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per kilogram of vehicle's curb weight (1,244 kg).
Before you get too excited, remember this type of speed sure doesn't come cheap, as each Venom GT is custom built to order and costs US$1.2 million. With only 29 of these rare beasts scheduled to be built, Hennessey is sure to sell out almost as fast as the 10.29 seconds it takes to run a quarter mile in this thing.
Click here for additional photos and watch the video of the record braking runs below.