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What is the Fastest Car in the World?

The Texas-based Hennessey Venom GT boasts the world-record speed for reaching a top speed of 270 miles per hour. Its sleek outer design is based on the Lotus Elise/ Exige production cars. It was on January 21, 2013 that it set a Guinness World Record for the fastest production car, accelerating from 0 – 186 miles per hour in 13.63 seconds. It totally beats the Koegnigsegg Agera R, the former world record holder (242 miles per hour). During that same year, on April, the Venom GT reached 265.7 miles per hour during a testing course at United States Naval Air Station in California and triumphed over the Bugatti Chiron’s top speed. The 2017 version of the Venom GT has been sold $1.2 million. And we are expecting a brand new high-performance Venom to be in production in 2019.

The world-record test session for the Hennessey Venom GT was conducted on February 14, 2014 at the Kennedy Space Center’s 3.2-mile runway. The Venom GT reached a top speed of 270.49 miles per hour (435.31 km/h). Brian Smith, a test driver and engineer, drove the fastest car in the world through the entirety of the testing period. “I knew the car had it in it, but it’s satisfying to officially validate the Venom GT’s high-speed stability. We’re elated to have met our goals of aerodynamic stability and crosswind tolerance,” said Don Goldman, the CEO and partner of Hennessey. There are eleven owners of the Hennessey Venom GT to date.

Creation of the fastest car in the world takes six months to finish. And its production will be limited to 29 units only. Its chassis is built from the ground up and is modeled after the Lotus Exige’s chassis. It also utilizes the Exige’s original roofs, doors, side glass, HVAC systems, headlights, and other component designs. And however much the Venom GT resembles the Lotus vehicles, they are not affiliated with each other. The Venom GT uses a twin-turbocharged engine that produces 1244 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. This V-8 sits on the rear carbon fiber wheels with a 6-speed manual transmission, similar to the Ford GT.

On the asphalt track, this monster of an engine translates to 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. And not only does it hold the Guinness World Record, it has also obtained the Hypercar World Record for 0 to 200 mph in 14.51 seconds.. Although the tests only hit 270 mph, Hennessey claims that the Venom GT can go beyond and do 278 mph (447 km/h).