Hennessey Venom GT

Model Years 2012-now
Top Speed (mph)

265 (tested)

272 (theoretical)

Horsepower 1244
Torque (lb-ft) 1155
0-60 (sec.) 2.7

The Hennessey Venom GT is the first production car from Texas based company Hennessey. Prior to the release of the Venom GT, Hennessey was famous for tuning American cars like Mustangs, Camaros, and even the odd Jeep. The Venom is Henessey's answer to the Bugatti Veyron SS. The 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is sourced from a Corvette, but is tuned by Hennessey to create a ridiculous 1244 horsepowers and 1155 pound-feet of torque. The body, which is based off of a Lotus Elise, is incredibly light, weighs just 2743 lbs. mostly because it is naked carbon fiber. Hennessey claims that the combination of its six-speed manual transmission, rear wheel drive setup, the power, and the weight will allow the Venom to reach a purely theoretical top speed of 272 mph, thus beating the Veyron SS's top speed by 5 mph. However, when it was tested at a NASA air strip, the Venom "only" reached 265 mph. In March, 2013, Hennessey claimed to have found a loophole in Guinness's rules that would dethrone the Veyron and put the Venom on top. In testing at the Ehra-Leissen track in Germany, the Veyron SS was recorderd going 267 mph, but in the interest of safety, the production Veyrons are limited to 258. Hennessey claims that because the production cars are limited, Bugatti was violating Guinness's rules. Guinness responded quickly by temporarily dethroning the Veyron whle it looked into the matter. Several weeks later, Guinness came out and said that even though the production Veyrons are limited, this does not violate their rules and the Veyron was reinstated as the World's Fastest. John Hennessey, the founder of the company, claims that the engine in the Venom can safely be tuned to over 2000 horsepower and vehemently defends his car, claiming that with some minor adjustments, the Venom will reclaim the title of "World's Fastest" from the Veyron and bring it home to America. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, and only time will tell if the Venom can bring home the gold.


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