The Venom GT is a major success story that keeps building momentum with every aerodynamic tweak and trip to the Kennedy Space Center. If JFK were a Vbox-reading racing driver in 2014, he would certainly approve.
This white example is tipped to be the one-off World’s Fastest Edition built to celebrate the record run seen in the below video. It is only the ~14th Venom GT ever made.
In fact, Hennessey may have created the first — and perhaps only — great American Hypercar. If not the first American hypercar ever, this is certainly the best there has ever been. No other car company of any kind from the USA has approached the Venom GT’s lofty performance or pricing specs, let alone an independent manufacturer from the heart of Texas.
With a show stand at The Quail lodge in Carmel California last week right between McLaren and Lamborghini, Hennessey is a local brand legend in the making.
For the Venom GT’s achievements to date, we salute the Hennessey Performance Engineering team. And eagerly await next year’s Venom F5 model!
2015 Hennessey Venom GT
The latest VGT reached the long-held ideal of one kilogram of weight per horsepower, with both totaling 1244 thanks to the latest tweaks to the Hennessey twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The Hennessey team notes that not only is the Venom GT now the world’s fastest car, it is also the quickest.
A 2.7-second sprint to 60-mph only increases in ferocity as the rear tires no longer struggle for grip. Result? a world-record 13.63-seconds to 186-mph. That is fast enough to smooth the wrinkles from the rockstar poster-boy of the Venom GT Spyder: Steven Tyler. A custom stereo is also available for all new Venom GT’s based on the spec designed by Mr. Tyler himself.
Overall, the white color and stripe design is stunning for the WFE edition — of which orders are currently being taken for a limited time.
The only choice now for your World’s Fastest Edition Venom GT: hardtop or Spyder?!
Hennessey Venom GT — Silver
Hennessey Venom GT Spyder — Black
World Record Run in Photos
2014 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications
13.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
14.51 sec. – Hypercar World Record
9.92 sec. @ 163 mph
overhead valve, 2 valves/cyl
twin precision ball bearing turbochargers
1244 bhp @ 6600 rpm (cockpit-adjustable to 800, 1000 & 1244 bhp)
1155 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
7000 cc/427 cu. in.
dry sump system
electronic sequential multi-port
mid-longitudinal engine/rear drive
carbon fiber & composite/aluminum hybrid monocoque-space frame
15.0 x 1.3-in. carbon-ceramic rotors, 6-piston Brembo fixed calipers
Hennessey H10 forged monoblock, 9.5 x 19 front, 12.5 x 20 rear
Michelin Pilot Super Sport; 265/30ZR19 front, 345/30ZR20 rear
rack & pinion, 6-position variable electric assist
unequal-length tubular A-arms, anti-roll bars
Penske 2-way-adjustable coilovers
adjustable; range of 2.4 in.
Ricardo 6-Speed manual
Final Drive Ratio
1st gear/max speed
2nd gear/max speed
3rd gear/max speed
4th gear/max speed
5th gear/max speed
6th gear/max speed
2.61:1 69 mph
1.71:1 105 mph
1.23:1 146 mph
0.77:1 233 mph
0.63:1 278 mph
Dimensions & Capacities
183.7 in./4655 mm
77.2 in./1960 mm
44.7 in./1135 mm
110.2 in./2800 mm
63.5 in./1612 mm
63.2 in./1604 mm
3.5 in. to 5.9 in./90 mm to 150 mm
2743 lb/1244 kg
18.5 gal./70 liters
Note: The Hennessey Venom GT design is based on the Lotus Elise / Exige. The Venom GT is created from a base Lotus Elise / Exige and utilizes components including but not limited to the roof, doors, side glass, windscreen, dash, cockpit, floorpan, HVAC system, wiper and headlights. Hennessey Performance and the Venom GT are not associated with Lotus Cars.
Venom GT “World’s Fastest Edition”
Hennessey builds special-edition supercar to commemorate speed records
– 13.63 sec. 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record
– 270.4 mph top speed run at the Kennedy Space Center
March 25, 2104—For immediate release
Sealy, Texas—Hennessey Performance (HPE) is building a limited run of
World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs to celebrate the company’s recent top speed run of 270.4 mph, which was set at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in February. The World’s Fastest Edition (WFE) also alludes to the Venom’s 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record.
“The Venom GT is America’s supercar and it broke 270 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center,” said company founder John Hennessey. “We wanted to offer a special paint scheme that would incorporate the colors of the American flag—the same flag we flew on the Space Shuttle runway. Thus, our special livery package includes a body in white with red and blue stripes.”
The Venom GT generates its incredible speed from a simple formula: huge power, minimal weight. Its 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 1244 bhp and with only 2743 lb. to accelerate (that’s 1244 kg, hitting that magic 1 bhp/kg mark), the Venom GT is not only the fastest series-produced road car; it’s also the quickest. It holds the Guinness World Record for standing-start acceleration, rocketing from rest to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 13.63 seconds. Lightweight aluminum construction, carbon-fiber bodywork and featherweight carbon-ceramic brakes all make this extraordinary power/weight ratio possible.
“We’re thrilled about what we achieved at Cape Canaveral with the Venom GT,” said Hennessy CEO Don Goldman, “and now the World’s Fastest Edition is a living, breathing celebration of that record achievement.”
Just three World’s Fastest Edition cars are being built and have already been sold at a price of $1.25 million U.S. This makes the Venom GT WFE not only the fastest but also one of the rarest supercars ever built.
Hennessey Venom GT — Red
Hennessey Venom GT — Yellow
For more information about the Venom GT or to place an order, please contact John Hennessey by telephone at 1.979.885.1300 or by email at email@example.com
• Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP Tires
• Bare Carbon Fiber Finish
• Right-Hand Drive
• Stefano Ricci Bespoke Interior
• Stereo System Designed by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
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