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Hennessey Venom GT Top Speed Run - 0-265.7 mph in 2 miles!

5.9 seconds. That's all it takes the Venom GT to hit 100 mph (160 km/h). To put that into perspective, most cars on the market take longer than 20 seconds to achieve the same feat. Entry level sports sedans and V6 sports cars struggle to break into the 13 second range. V8 sports cars struggle to break the 10 second mark. You get the picture. In fact, the Venom GT currently holds the acceleration record for production cars for going from 0 - 186 mph (300 km/h), doing the deed in just 13.63 seconds. In other words, by the time it takes most sports cars on the road to hit 100 mph, a Venom GT would be going nearly twice that speed - and less than a second later, at 14.51 seconds, it's doing a cool, round 200 mph.





That's all very impressive, especially if you're into the sport and know what it takes to achieve those numbers. But the guys at Hennessey weren't after just acceleration numbers. They wanted the all out top speed crown and they built a car that seems to be capable of doing the job. The video below shows the car hitting a speed of 265.7 mph in just 2 miles. The car seemed to be capable of achieved higher speeds, judging by the acceleration towards the end which means that the achieved top speed was limited by the test facility - in this case, a 2.9 mile long runway at United Stated Naval Air Station Lemoore in California - not the car's capability.





Although the test run is unofficial, it is video confirmed. The current record currently belongs to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (or Bugatti Veyron SS), which achieved 267.8 mph - just over 2 mph more than the Venom GT - but on VW's test facility at Ehra-Lessein, Germany on a 5.6 mile long straightaway, nearly double the distance Hennessey had to play with. An official run would require the car to go for two top speed runs in opposite directions, with the official top speed being the average of the two. Hennessey estimates a top speed of a whopping 275 mph and, judging by this video, I have no doubt that the car would at least be able to break into 270's mph. The question is, will Hennessey be able to find a straightaway long enough to go for an official run and test what the car can really do? I sure hope so! To learn more about the car, head over to the official website: Venom GT.

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