Video: Hennessey Venom GT Breaks Top Speed Record

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It’s official, the Hennessey Venom GT has just become the fastest production car out there. On February 9, 2013, Brian Smith drove this modified Lotus Elise from 0 to 265.7 mph in 2 miles on a runway at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

This makes the Venom GT 7 mph faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport , which required over 4 miles to reach its speed limiter, which is set at 258 mph. Still, this speed is a little less than the 270 mph top speed claimed by Hennessey when the Venom GT was initially announced.

This is the second record the Venom GT scored this year, as back in January it went from 0 to 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds.

Now we are left wondering what amazing results we are going to see when the Venom GT2 hits the market.

Click past the jump to read the full list of verified record top speeds throughout automotive history

UPDATE 4/8/2013: There is a little confusion here, as to why the Venom is being called the fastest production car when the Veyron holds the "official" Guinness record. The Veyron that broke the record had its 258 mph top speed limiter removed and you cannot purchase the Bugatti in this state. The Venom GT is in its factory-tuned form and the one you purchase can pull of this feat. This article does not refer to the Guinness record. Additionally, Guinness today officially stripped the title from Bugatti, citing the deactivated top-speed limiter. Guinness has yet to validate the Venom’s run, but we’re sure Hennessey is champing at the bit to get Guinness to witness and certify the record.

To define a "production" vehicle: Any car produced in mass that is available to the public and road legal. With the Venom GT hitting six units built, it should more than qualify as "mas produced."


YearMake and modelTop speedNumber Produced
1894Benz Velo12 mph (19 km/h)1,200
1949Jaguar XK120124.6 mph (201 km/h)12,000
1955Mercedes-Benz 300SL140 mph (225 km/h)1,400
1958Aston Martin DB4141 mph (227 km/h)1,110
1959Aston Martin DB4 GT152 mph (245 km/h)75
1963Iso Rivolta Grifo A3/L 327161 mph (259 km/h)about 400
1967Lamborghini Miura P400171 mph (275 km/h)about 750
1968Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona174 mph (280 km/h)about 1,400
1984Ferrari 288 GTO188 mph (303 km/h)272
1986Porsche 959195 mph (314 km/h)337
1987Ferrari F40202.687 mph (326.193 km/h)1,311
1991Bugatti EB110 GT209 mph (336 km/h)95
1992Jaguar XJ220213 mph (343 km/h)281
1993McLaren F1231 mph (372 km/h)65
2005Bugatti Veyron 16.4253.81 mph (408.47 km/h)300
2010Bugatti Veyron Super Sport258 mph (415.21 km/h)30
2013Hennessey Venom GT265.7 mph (427.6 km/h)TBD

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