When the history books are written about the Hennessey Venom GT, it is going to read from the “almost” script. The GT was outgunned by the Bugatti Super Sport which built more cars reaching the 30 units minimum needed to secure the Guinness Book of Records award. This feels like having a boxing match where you land in some good punches only to be disqualified because you are underweight. This might have left a sour test on the Texas based Hennessey team, however they needn’t feel too disappointed, as this could be the stepping stone to something even greater.
In February 14, 2014, at the Kennedy Space Center, the Hennessey GT managed to come up with 270.49 mph, which was higher than the current Guinness Book of Records Bugatti Super Sport Veyron’s 268 mph. However, since Hennessey Venom GT was building only 25 units they passed up the chance to get the award.
There has been acrimony from Hennessey who even cried foul. This led to an investigation by driver.co.uk but they found that the Bugatti Veyron Super Spoort was above board and there was no foul play whatsoever.
However, this needn’t dampen their moods as they have the title for the fastest 0 -300 km/h acceleration. At Ellington Airport in Houston Texas on January, 2013 the Hennessey Venom GT was able to accelerate from 0 – 300 km/h in 13.63 seconds. This record did stand with the Guinness Book of Records. This remains a constellation price, but if you are able to build a car that is this fast with your first model you have a bright future in the auto world that’s for certain.
Next year it’s back to chasing the elusive world record as the hungry challenger the Hennessey Venom F5 takes on the Chiron.