The struggle was real

It’s not very often that you come across a backstory that is just absolutely amazing. Well, just a few days ago, Hennessey Performance dropped a 10-minute video that details what it took to push the Venom GT Spyder to the limit with the top off. If you’ve followed Hennessey or the story of the Venom GT at all, you already know that it managed to hit 265.6 mph, but you don’t know how real the struggle was getting the car to that point.

I won’t ruin the video for you by breaking the whole story down, but I will say that it didn’t happen on the first or the second pass. And, for a little while, it didn’t look like the car would be able to break the 260-mph barrier at all. In the end, Hennessey’s team put their collective intelligence together and came up with a pretty shocking solution. To give you a couple of hints, the car hit 256.6 mph without using all available horsepower, and there is an oil change involved too. I know, the oil change thing sounds weird, but it’s true.

So, with that said, go ahead and click play on the video and enjoy the next 10 minutes of your life. It’s cool to hear the take from several different team members, plus all the footage of the Venom GT Spyder making those passes on NASA’s airstrip is pretty cool too. I’ll tell you one thing: After watching this video, I can’t wait to see what Hennessey has in store for us next.

2016 Hennessey Venom GT

2016 Hennessey Venom GT High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT here.

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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