Dashing Hennessey Venom GT – World’s Fastest Production Car
This remarkable engineering masterpiece is called the Hennessey Venom GT, and it managed to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest production car in the world by reaching an astounding speed of 265.7 mph (426.7 km/h).
At its core, the car is in fact a Lotus Exige that received a whopping set of modifications. In order to be officially recorded as the world’s fastest production car, the vehicle had to be street-legal. Consequently, it meets all the production requirements, boasting Brembo 6-piston carbon ceramic brakes, Michelin Pilot Super Sport DOT-approved tires, as well as various other interior conveniences such as leather seats, hi-fi stereo and air conditioning.
The incredible speed was achieved thanks to the power to weight ratio of 1 horsepower per 2.2 lbs (1 kilogram) of weight. The extensive use of carbon fiber composite resulted in a vehicle that weighs a total of just 2,743 lbs (1,244 kg). Furthermore, the twin Precision turbochargers along with the extremely powerful 1,244 hp 7.0-liter engine enable this monster to do a 0-60 sprint in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 278 mph (447.5 km/h).
President and founder John Hennessey declared that even though the Bugatti Veyron managed to reach a slightly higher speed of 267.8 mph (430.9 km/h) during its run, the production model is limited to a top speed of 258 mph (415 km/h), and that is why ultimately the Venom GT claimed the big prize.