Records are a funny thing, because despite what your eyes tell you, there's always an arbiter whose sole purpose is to make it official. And those people have rules, which is why despite going faster than any other production car on Earth, ever, the Hennessey Venom GT won't officially wrest that crown from the mighty Bugatti Veyron SuperSport.
Hennessey took the 1244-hp Venom to Kennedy Space Center and unleashed his boutique hypercar on the runway NASA used for space shuttle landings. The result? 270.49 miles per hour, besting the fastest number recorded by the Bugatti, 269.86 mph:
Which brings us to the wrinkle. In the eyes of Guinness, the Bugatti is still the world's fastest production car. As , to get official status, the car must complete two runs, which are then averaged. In addition, the manufacturer must build a minimum of 30 cars. NASA reportedly allowed just the single run on its landing strip, and Hennessey is only building 29 Venom GTs.
Convenient? Maybe. But numbers are numbers. No matter what the record book says, John Hennessey's Texan hypercar went to Florida and drove faster than any other, on tarmac otherwise reserved for astronauts.
Fitting. And cool as all hell.
Best of all, Hennessey thinks there's still more venom to be squeezed from his car, so to speak. Let the forum arguments rage.
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