How does one define “fast”? Is it top speed? 0 to 60 MPH time? Is it how fast your car is down the drag strip, on the street, or even the Nurburgring? Everyone has a different standard of fast, but for the people at the Guinness Book of World Records, there is one measure of speed that can be quantified; pure, unadulterated acceleration.
John Hennessey, founder and owner of Hennessey Performance Engineering, decided that this is the record he needed to have to his name. So he went out to Ellington Airport near Houston, Texas, with Guinness in tow, to make that record official in his twin-turbo, 1,200+ horsepower Venom GT.
Spoiler alert, in case you couldn’t tell from the title of this post; Hennessey did it. It took two runs to make the record official, as Guinness requires an average and proof that this wasn’t just a one-time thing in order to enter the record into their books. Hennessey managed to average a time of just 13.63 seconds to go from 0 to 300 KPH. For us Americans, that translates to over 186 MPH… in less than 14 seconds! No wonder he had to do it at an airport.
Hennessey has never been shy, calling out big guns like Bugatti for the title of world’s fastest car. While the Bugatti Veyron may still have an overall top speed record over the HPE Venom GT, Hennessey seems intent on proving his point; that America has the fastest damn car in the world, period. Those Bugatti boys better look out.