Instead of fancy dinner dates or watching cheesy flicks, the folks over at Hennessey Performance Engineering spent this year’s Valentine’s Day by setting an unofficial speed record with their prized Venom GT, which reached a record-breaking top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 kph) over the course of a 3.2-mile-long runway.
HPE gained permission from NASA to use the Kennedy Space Center for their shot at stripping the title away from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (269.86mph).
Here’s a clip showing Brian Smith as he floored the Venom GT’s gas pedal on his way to set new but debatable, record for the World’s Fastest Production Car.
But despite of the HPE team’s noble efforts, there was no cigar. The team didn’t get a nod from the Guiness Book of World Records which disqualified the Venom GT from the record.
• In order for a car to contend for the title, it must complete two runs, once on each direction. The panel will then average the top speed based on the two runs.
• To be qualified as production car, there must be at least 30 units of the contending vehicle.
The second stipulation automatically disqualifies the Venom GT for two reasons; first the company has only sold 11 units and only plans to make 17 more (which only adds up to 29), and second it’s technically a beefed up Lotus Exige rather than a real production car.
As for the first rule, NASA only allowed the HPE team to run the course once.
Guiness’ rules aside though, the Hennessey Venom GT is a legit speed demon and kudos for the HPE team and Brian Smith for giving the title-holder a good run for its money.