The new proud owner of the Fastest Production Car title is the superb Hennessey Venom GT. On February 9, 2013, the car underwent a series of tests in California, on the airport runway of a U.S. military base. The most important achievement on that runway was the record speed of 265.7 mph. We know, Bugatti fans will immediately protest, reminding us that the Veyron Super Sport boasts an official max speed of 267.8 mph.
Yes, that’s true, but keep in mind that the vehicle that secured this record was not the final production version supercar, which means that its speed was not electronically limited. The rides that made it into the buyers’ garages could only reach 257.87mph, which leaves enough room for the new Venom GT to become the new record holder. And the Guinness Book of World Records confirms this.
Based on the Lotus Elise/Exige model, the record breaker is powered by a 7.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine capable of a whopping 1,262 HP. Its makers even believe that a longer track could actually prove that the Venom GT is even faster than 267.8 mph. Only 29 units will enter production, each bearing a heavy price tag of $1.2 million.