If there’s one company –we can’t call it tuner either – able to take on the mighty Bugatti Veyron in terms of world record attempts then all eyes will turn to US-based Hennessey Performance.
They were the only ones probably crazy enough to take on the monstrous Veyron developments, but it’s also a David vs. Goliath tale since we’re dealing here with an aftermarket specialist that has been competing on par with a brand that has the financial backing of Volkswagen Ag. Now Hennessey Performance is celebrating its 25th anniversary by revealing their Venom GT Spyder has set a new world record. We should get the official announcement later on today but we already know from the teaser footage the hypercar most likely beat its own speed record of 270.4 miles per hour – which was set back in 2014 at the Kennedy Space Center. That was a bit more than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which achieved 268 mph (431,072 km/h) at Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien track near Wolfsburg, Germany. But since the Venom didn’t do a Guiness sanction average speed run the official record holder remains to the day the French hypercar.
Now Hennessey may contest that once again after last year during the SEMA Motor Show they revealed a refreshed version of the Venom GT Spyder. It packs an upgraded biturbo 7.0-liter V8 engine that uses E85 Flexfuel, with the boost pressure surging from 19 pounds per square inch to 26 psi. By that they achieved a total power of 1,451 horsepower – up 207 hp. The company estimates paint a happy picture too: 60 mph (96 km/h) will be achieved in 2.4 seconds and the maximum speed could surpass the 280 mph mark.