There is an old saying that “Everything is Bigger in Texas. Now, you can add the phrase “Everything is Faster Too” thanks to John Hennessey and his crack team of automotive mechanics. Introducing the Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition, a special variant to the original Hennessey Venom GT that achieved 270.49 mph earlier this year and became the World’s Fastest Car. In a red, white and blue livery, the World’s Fastest Edition features the same powerplant, 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 capable of pumping out 1,244 horsepower. To get a sense just how fast this beast can run, the standard 0 to 60 mph performance run would not do. Instead, it set the Guinness World Record for stand-start acceleration, from 0 to 300 km/h (or 186 mph), in just 13.63 seconds.
With only three made, Hennessey Performance have already sold all of them for a cool $1.25 million each. However, we’re certain that it won’t be long before the boys from Sealy, Texas, attempt another world record.
Venom GT “World’s Fastest Edition”
Hennessey builds special-edition supercar to commemorate speed records
- 13.63 sec. 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record
- 270.4 mph top speed run at the Kennedy Space Center
Sealy, Texas—Hennessey Performance (HPE) is building a limited run of
World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs to celebrate the company’s recent top speed run of 270.4 mph, which was set at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in February. The World’s Fastest Edition (WFE) also alludes to the Venom’s 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record.
“The Venom GT is America’s supercar and it broke 270 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center,” said company founder John Hennessey. “We wanted to offer a special paint scheme that would incorporate the colors of the American flag—the same flag we flew on the Space Shuttle runway. Thus, our special livery package includes a body in white with red and blue stripes.”
The Venom GT generates its incredible speed from a simple formula: huge power, minimal weight. Its 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 1244 bhp and with only 2743 lb. to accelerate (that’s 1244 kg, hitting that magic 1 bhp/kg mark), the Venom GT is not only the fastest series-produced road car; it’s also the quickest. It holds the Guinness World Record for standing-start acceleration, rocketing from rest to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 13.63 seconds. Lightweight aluminum construction, carbon-fiber bodywork and featherweight carbon-ceramic brakes all make this extraordinary power/weight ratio possible.
“We’re thrilled about what we achieved at Cape Canaveral with the Venom GT,” said Hennessy CEO Don Goldman, “and now the World’s Fastest Edition is a living, breathing celebration of that record achievement.”
Just three World’s Fastest Edition cars are being built and have already been sold at a price of $1.25 million U.S. This makes the Venom GT WFE not only the fastest but also one of the rarest supercars ever built.