We'll be the first to admit it: the video below is a little bit boring compared to our other Feature Flicks. Nothing blows up, no one flies, and Ken Block is nowhere to be seen. It's just a man, a stripped-out Ford GT, and a full-throttle sprint down a race track somewhere sunny. But it's not boring at all: the video shows driver Sean Kennedy driving a Hennessey-tuned Ford GT at the Texas Mile, breaking the standing mile world record.
That record now stands at a verified 257.7 miles per hour reached in one mile, a full 4.6 miles per hour faster than before. Kennedy arrived at that speed in a Ford GT that's received more than its fair share of modifications. Hennessey Performance's John Hennessey tells us that the record-setting GT is motivated by the same 5.4-liter V-8 engine block as a stock Ford GT, but it's been extensively changed with new innards like pistons and crankshaft. Hennessey also swapped out the stock car's supercharger for a pair of Precision turbochargers, which make a combined 34 psi of boost. Put it together and John says it "would conservatively make 2000 horsepower to reach that kind of speed."
That speed is phenomenal: Kennedy reached a whopping 204 miles per hour in one half mile and topped out at 257.7 in one mile. To put that in perspective, that is enough to outrun a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 coupe in just 5280 feet.
Kennedy and Hennessey aren't finished, however, and they've already said that the next benchmark is a cool 260 miles per hour, hopefully to be reached at the next Texas Mile event this October. We wish them the best of luck.
In the meantime, check out the first video (the first of what John Hennessey says is many shots of the record-winning run) below.