A new speed record was set by Hennessey Venom GT that managed to reach 435.31 km/h (270.49 mph). The previous record was 434.29 km/h, obtained by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, 4 years ago.
The 1,244bhp Venom clocked its record-breaking figure in the hands of test pilot Brian Smith on February 14 on Florida’s Space Shuttle landing runway.
Organizers say that the car would have reached a higher speed if you were given a higher track.
The new record will not be approved in the Guinness Book of Records, as the rules require that speed is reached in at least two races and the car to be produced in 30 copies. There are only 29 Hennessey Venom GT. The machine costs between 600,000 and 1 million dollars.
Even so, Hennessey is pleased with the result. “Since the inception of the Venom GT, it’s been a dream of ours to build the fastest car. There are lots of different definitions, different metrics, but for us, when people talk about being the fastest, it’s about being the absolute fastest. So it was a good day. We achieved the goal. No other road car has broken 270mph…”
Source: Top Gear