The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile and the Guinness World Records are the two internationally recognized organizations that award land-speed records. Well, that hasn't stopped Hennessey Performance from staking its claim on the "world speed record for two-seat sports cars," citing the data gathered by GPS data-acquisition manufacturer Racelogic.
That's because on February 14, a Racelogic VBox 3i GPS system mounted on a Hennessey Venom GT clocked the car going at 270.3mph (435kph) on the 5km Space Shuttle landing runway at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. According to Hennessey Performance Engineering, a representative from Racelogic was on hand that day "to independently verify and document the Venom GT's speed record."
"It was still pulling," driver Brian Smith said after the record run. "If we could run on an eight-mile (12.874km) oval, we could go faster than that. On the very top end, there was a little wandering but, hey, we were going 270mph! The Venom GT didn't require any big corrections."
To date, Hennessey Performance has built and delivered 11 Venom GTs to owners around the world. The car's production run is also limited to just 29 units worldwide, making it "one of the most exclusive hypercars ever produced."