Hennessey Venom GT 0-300 km/h in 13.63 seconds video proof

0-186 mph

Hennessey has released footage with the record-breaking 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) run in 13.63 seconds.

More than a week ago Hennessey announced they were able to set a new record for the fastest car in the 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) run with the Venom GT. Now they are back with video footage showing the heavily modified Lotus Elise/Exige-based car establishing the record at Ellington Airport in Texas, United States.

The development of the car will continue with the 2013 Venom GT2 which is set to get a twin-turbo V8 7.0-liter pushing 1,500 hp (1,118 kW), representing a 300 hp (224 kW) increase over the current model. It will be connected to a new 7-speed paddle-shift transmission or a 6-speed Ricardo manual gearbox. The revised model will feature a new door design with dihedral hinges and a double bubble roof to increase headroom.

The Venom GT2 will boast a carbon fiber body, new mirrors, front air dams and the same active rear wing. Hennessey will make only seven units of the new model, with prices starting from 1.25M USD. The first car will be ready towards the end of the year.

Source: Hennessey

January 21, 2013

Hennessey® Venom GT® Sets New Guinness® WORLD RECORD

HOUSTON, Texas - Hennessey® 


(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.

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taliz taliz
I think the Venom GT is a good looking car, even though it mostly a Lotus with a big v8 turbo Hennessey have done a good job. And I wouldn't mind having one. But it is far from as impressive as the Koenigsegg which is completely bespoke and also tried and tested on various circuits. When will we see the Venom on Top Gear, or why not the Nurburgring? Until then at least I'm not taking any performance claims they make seriously.
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:45am
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Sorry but this is a TUNED car not production car. The Agera R deserves the record.
Jan 21st, 2013 10:42pm
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EvanBarsy EvanBarsy
This is not a tuned car, not by a long shot, it doesn't use the engine, drivetrain, chassis or anything from another car. This is a Hennessey Venom GT not a Lotus by any means.
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:56am
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taliz taliz
Funny since it has the body, headlights, taillights, dash, interior etc of a Lotus. And yes, its still registered as a Lotus too. Its a bit of frankenstein car if you ask me.
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:37am
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
the best description would be the one preseted by another commenter here...it's a kitcar. it takes baodyparts from various manufacturers and then combines them. they should make everithing from zero and then, they should brag.
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:15pm
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Prowler1997 Prowler1997
The Venom is not a real car, it's a kit car and carries a Lotus Elise VIN; anyone with money can create a super light car with big engine. Real kudos does the Nissan Skyline because it was done 25 years ago and met all the all the safety & emission criteria of it's time for a street car. Hennessey is just like Mosler was in 1990's.
Jan 21st, 2013 7:00pm
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
exactly. this is no production car. build something from zero and then start bragging about you making the fastest production car. this is a lotus with engine swap. yaaaay. x_x
Jan 22nd, 2013 12:13pm
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quattrosport quattrosport
And they have the same weight/power ratio if I'm not wrong.
Jan 21st, 2013 6:18pm
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quattrosport quattrosport
A F1 does it in about 8 sec .. there is room for improvement here :-)
Jan 21st, 2013 6:17pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
Extremely Impressive!
Jan 21st, 2013 6:02pm
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techie69 techie69
They up the power and ready for production, interesting. I wonder how much test has been done by this small co. for durability & parts longevity?
Jan 21st, 2013 5:34pm
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GeeNee GeeNee
Just out of interest. Has the car done any track times? How does it match up against the rest?
Jan 21st, 2013 2:17pm
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
They did handling test, here is picture. http://www.horizonservicesinc.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Explosion.jpg
Jan 21st, 2013 5:15pm
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GeeNee GeeNee
Well that confirms my suspicion lol
Jan 21st, 2013 5:21pm
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
It's griping so hard, you can see it split atoms
Jan 21st, 2013 5:24pm
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lq930130 lq930130
Jan 21st, 2013 5:32pm
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taliz taliz
Yeah, who cares if it's fast in a straight line. All you need for that is horsepower, and thats not difficult if you got big turbos.
Jan 22nd, 2013 1:38am
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