As of 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest American car. It set a speed record on the 3.2-mile space shuttle landing strip at Cape Canaveral, Florida, by reaching a top speed of 270.49 miles per hour, which is roughly 400 feet per second. This GPS-verified run surpassed the previous record that was set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport of 268.86 miles per hour; Bugatti's record was set at Germany's Volkswagen test track.Continue Reading
The Hennessey Venom is built by John Hennessey from Texas. It features a 1,244-horsepower engine that is part Lotus Exige and part 7.0-liter Corvette ZR-1. A pair of turbochargers tops off the build. The Venom GT isn't built for the average car shopper, however, because it is priced at $1.2 million on the low end. Hennessey has plans to build only 29 Venom GTs.
Although the legitimacy of the speed record for the Venom is undeniable, it is not an official record because it has not been certified by Guinness. To achieve the Guinness record, the Venom will need to repeat the record in back-to-back runs, twice, and the runs must be in opposite directions. With plans to build just 29 Venom GT cars, this leaves Hennessey short one car needed to be considered a "production" car under Guinness guidelines.Learn more about Car Makes & Models
The Hennessy Venom GT is the name of the fastest car in the world, as of February, 2014. First produced in 2010, the car has a top speed of 270.49 miles per hour.Full Answer >
The fastest production racing car as of February of 2014 is the Hennessey Venom GT, which hit 270 miles per hour at the Kennedy Space Center's shuttle strip. The 2014 Guinness land speed record for a production car is held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, at 268 mph.Full Answer >
Some of the rarest and most exotic cars in existence, as of 2015, are the McLaren F1, Lotus Exos Type 125 and Hennessey Venom GT. Only 106 F1s were ever produced and less than 30 Venom GT and Exos cars have been constructed to date.Full Answer >
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