Hennessey’s Venom GT Breaks 270mph But Won’t Make Guinness Record

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There’s a new fastest car on the block — and by block, we mean in the world. Hennessey, a tuning outfit based in Texas and perhaps most known for making some bonkers Corvettes (and a slew of other vehicles, including pickups), was able to push its Venom GT supercar — a heavily modified Lotus Exige with a turbocharged 7-liter V8 — to 270.49 miles per hour.

That’s the fastest speed ever clocked by a road-legal car, beating out the 269.86 mile-per-hour run achieved by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Venom nailed the tremendous top speed at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, one of the few places with enough wide-open space to even attempt the feat. Behind the wheel was test pilot Brian Smith, who ran the run on February 14.

“At the very top end, there was a little wandering, but hey, we’re going 270mph!” Smith, a former Michelin tire test engineer, said in footage provided by Top Gear. “It was still pulling. If we could run on an eight-mile oval, we could go faster than that.”

That rate of speed is impressive, but the figures that come along with it are equally mind blowing. According to data pulled from the VBox that was installed, the jaunt from 20 miles per hour to 120 miles per hour took just 7.71 seconds (most everyday cars take that much time to reach 60). During that sprint, it peaked at 1.2g of longitudinal acceleration.

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