American supercar maker says it's set a new world record for the fastest production convertible after exceeding 280mph with its 1451bhp Venom GT
12 April 2016

Hennessey Performance has claimed to have set a new world record for the fastest convertible production car, after its Venom GT reached a top speed of 265.6mph.

Hennessey’s record-setting car is an updated Venom GT that was previously announced at last year’s SEMA show. The improved 7.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine produces 1451bhp, which is a staggering 207bhp more than the previous version. Hennessey has also increased the boost pressure from 19psi to 26psi, helping the car hit 60mph in 2.4sec, with 100mph appearing in just 4.4sec.

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The record is said to have been broken at the Kennedy Space Center, which is home to a 2.8-mile runway designed for landing space shuttles. It’s also where Hennessey set the last production car speed record in 2014.

Bugatti holds the record for the fastest hard top, after its Veyron Super Sport reached 267.91mph in 2010. Bugatti’s new hypercar, the Chiron, will be electronically limited to 261mph.

Hennessey claims that it will only produce “a handful” of Venom GTs in 2016, as focus turns to its new production car, the Venom F5.

Last week Nissan set its own world record for the fastest drift. It used a modified GT-R to hold a 30deg drift at a speed of 189.5mph.

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11 April 2016
What kind of tyres would a car that does 280mph use?

11 April 2016
winniethewoo wrote:

What kind of tyres would a car that does 280mph use?

Ones that have been inspected by any means going and last about 2.8 miles I imagine.

11 April 2016
Completely irrelevant in the same way as the Verywrong but for some reason (possibly because it hasn't been built with limitless money) I have more interest and enthusiasm about this car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 April 2016
Compared to Veyron this is a kit-car. All that black smoke shows that they are running the engine very rich to keep it cool during the short record run. I guess in normal mode the engine would run so hot that it would explode. So there is a massive difference between a well engineered car like Veyron and a kit car like this one. Not to mention a total lack of any active or passive safety equipment in Venom. Another reason why it's so light, and not just because it's an Elise.

Dan

11 April 2016
Not bad for a modified Elise! Does anyone actually buy these?

11 April 2016
Shove a stonking V8 in a Lotus Elise and then charge more than £700,000 for it... I'm in the wrong business.

Citroëniste.

12 April 2016
Do I hear a bid for 300 mph?

It all seems rather ironic given our increasing obsession with health and safety.


12 April 2016
Tuatara wrote:

Do I hear a bid for 300 mph?

It all seems rather ironic given our increasing obsession with health and safety.

That is something that I personally do not think is going to happen in a production road car. A one off prototype maybe, but it probably won't be street legal. Getting from 270 to 300 MPH is a MASSIVE leap in terms of the horsepower needed and/or reduction in drag. Plus it would require a straight section of road long enough to accomplish and I don't think one exists that would be long enough. Then there's the tires...I just don't see it ever being proven.

12 April 2016
... but Hennessy needs to visit Sonny Leonard. 300 mph, here we come!

12 April 2016
300mph is a meaningless standard dictated by a method of measure. Is a car that does 299mph a lesser car than one that does 300mph? 300mph is 482km/h. People in Europe will talk about a 500km/h car which is a 311mph car. Who cares?

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