The Fastest Car In The World

Wednesday 11 June, 2014 | By SNTRL

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A Close Look at the Hennessey Venom GT.

The Hennessey Venom GT, the World’s Fastest 2-Seat Sports Car was recently at P1 Motorcars in Stamford, Connecticut. The Hennessey Venom GT is famous for it’s 270.49 mph run at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2 mile Shuttle Landing Facility’s runway, breaking the previously held top-speed record of 267.80 mph which the Veyron Bugatti Supersport had accomplished. Built in the USA by Hennessey Performance, the 1244bhp twin-turbo LSX equipped monster also holds the Guinness World Record for 0-300km/h of 13,63 seconds and the Hypercar World Record for 0-200mph of 14.51 second.


With it’s Carbon Fiber and Composite/Aluminum Hybrid Monocoque-Space Frame chassis, at 2743lbs, this mid-engine, rear-wheel drive work of art, is built with the intention of being the king of the road. It’s not just power here, but a focus on utilizing state-of-the-art technology to build a World-Record shattering vehicle.


On display at P1 Motorcars until recently when this particular Venom GT was sold to an “undisclosed buyer”, the Venom GT was leaving visitors in awe. As much as it’s presence can be felt but just sitting in the shop, when the engine roared to life, that’s when it truly made it’s presence known around Stamford.  With just 29 of the Venom GT’s being made, each one is a celebrity, and this one was no different. For the customers and visitors of P1 Motorcars, it was one of those rare opportunities that don’t come too often for car enthusiast to experience first-hand.

Photos by: TMinus NYC  Photography  |  Kenny Bascon

** All specifications are from **

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2014 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications


0-60 mph – 2.7 sec.
0-100 mph – 5.6 sec.
0-300 km/h – 13.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
0-200 mph – 14.51 sec. – Hypercar World Record
¼ mile – 9.92 sec. @ 163 mph
Standing half mile – 206 mph
Standing mile – 253 mph
Verified speed – 270.49 mph
Est. top speed – 278 mph

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Type – 90-degree V8
Valvetrain -overhead valve, 2 valves/cyl
Block/heads –  iron /aluminum
Forced induction – twin precision ball bearing turbochargers
Horsepower – 1244 bhp @ 6600 rpm (cockpit-adjustable to 800, 1000 & 1244 bhp)
Torque – 1155 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Displacement – 7000 cc/427 cu. in.
Compression ratio – 9.2:1
Redline – 7200 rpm
Lubrication – dry sump system
Fuel injection – electronic sequential multi-port



Layout – mid-longitudinal engine/rear drive
Body/frame – carbon fiber & composite/aluminum hybrid monocoque-space frame
Brakes, f & r – 15.0 x 1.3-in. carbon-ceramic rotors, 6-piston Brembo fixed calipers
Wheels – Hennessey H10 forged monoblock, 9.5 x 19 front, 12.5 x 20 rear
Tires – Michelin Pilot Super Sport; 265/30ZR19 front, 345/30ZR20 rear
Steering – rack & pinion, 6-position variable electric assist
Suspension, f&r – unequal-length tubular A-arms, anti-roll bars
Springs/shocks – Penske 2-way-adjustable coilovers
Ride height – adjustable; range of 2.4 in.

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Transmission Ricardo 6-Speed manual
Final Drive Ratio 3.36:1
1st gear/max speed – 2.61:1 69 mph
2nd gear/max speed – 1.71:1 105 mph
3rd gear/max speed – 1.23:1 146 mph
4th gear/max speed – 0.94:1 191mph
5th gear/max speed – 0.77:1 233 mph
6th gear/max speed – 0.63:1 278 mph


Dimensions & Capacities

Length – 183.7 in./4655 mm
Width – 77.2 in./1960 mm
Height – 44.7 in./1135 mm
Wheelbase – 110.2 in./2800 mm
Track, front – 63.5 in./1612 mm
Track, rear – 63.2 in./1604 mm
Ground clearance – 3.5 in. to 5.9 in./90 mm to 150 mm
Curb weight – 2743 lb/1244 kg
Fuel capacity – 18.5 gal./70 liters
Weight distribution, f/r % – 44/56
(with driver & passenger)


Optional Upgrades

• Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP Tires
• Bare Carbon Fiber Finish
• Right-Hand Drive
• Stefano Ricci Bespoke Interior
• Stereo System Designed by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Note: The Hennessey Venom GT design is based on the Lotus Elise / Exige. The Venom GT is created from a base Lotus Elise / Exige and utilizes components including but not limited to the roof, doors, side glass, windscreen, dash, cockpit, floorpan, HVAC system, wiper and headlights. Hennessey Performance and the Venom GT are not associated with Lotus Cars.


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