Following its record-breaking run at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in February, Hennessey announced a special World’s Fastest Edition of its Hennessey Venom GT supercar. To honor the historic venue where the Hennessey Venom GT claimed its world’s fastest title, the World’s Fastest Edition will sport American-flag-themed red, white, and blue livery.
The Hennessey Venom GT reached an impressive 270.49 mph during its record-breaking run on the 3.2-mile straightaway. Hennessey accomplished such a stunning performance thanks to the Venom GT’s 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, which makes 1244 hp. Curb weight totals just 2743 pounds (1244 kg), meaning the Venom GT has a power-to-weight ratio of 1 hp/kg. If another recent supercar comes to mind with a similar claim to fame, that would be Koenigsegg One:1.
“We’re thrilled about what we achieved at Cape Canaveral with the Venom GT,” CEO Don Goldman said in a statement, “Now the World’s Fastest Edition is a living, breathing celebration of that record achievement.”
Such blistering top speed is most certainly a staggering feat, but the Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition also recognizes the vehicle’s Guinness World Record for standing-start acceleration. It takes just 13.63 seconds for the Venom GT to eclipse 186 mph from a dead stop.
It’s tough to fathom how a small boutique tuner company like Hennessey manages to compete with the some of the world's largest automakers, but founder John Hennessey and his company continue to stun us with accomplishment after accomplishment. One of Mr. Hennessey’s recent efforts involved personally piloting a Hennessey-tuned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at over 200 mph on a closed Texas freeway.
If the Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition sounds enticing, you’re too late to the party. Hennessey already sold all three examples—for $1.25 million a pop.