Hennessey Venom Has Set A New Speed Record
Test pilot Brian Smith, managing 1244-horsepower Hennessey Venom, overclocked to 435,5 km/h, beating the previous speed record for production cars, set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010.
A new record was set on the runway for the Space Shuttle at the Kennedy Space center (Cape Canaveral, USA). According to official data, Venom overclocked from 20 to 120 mph (32 km/h up to 193 km/h) in just 7,71 seconds, showing acceleration maximum load of 1.2 g! Further acceleration to 354 km/h took Venom less than 10 seconds.
"At the very end of the straight the car started to scour. But damn it, it's 435 km/h!" - told reporters Brian Smith. - "Venom and still pulls. If we had a 13-mile oval, we could be even faster..."
The situation was complicated by the fact that Venom for the record was only 5-kilometer straight, ending with grass and ditch... So the pilot after accelerating to 435,5 km/h was necessary that there is strength to press on the brake. And so it was. The Venom speed dropped to 112 km/h only a kilometre to go, because the car flew on 120 meters every second.
Despite demonstrated an outstanding result, representatives of the Guinness Book of records did not begin to record a new record. According to the rules, this requires two runs in opposite directions. But Hennessey car to make a second check was prevented by NASA officials. They simply have not given permission. However, the head of the company automaker John Hennessy sure that his car could do and 440 km/h, maybe all 450 km/h.
Hennessey Venom built on a modified platform of the Lotus Elise and equipped with a 7-liter twin-turbo V8, power 1244 HP Cost super-Kara is about 1.2 million dollars.