Photo: The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder has set a new world record for open-top sports cars at Naval Air Station Lemoore. A top speed of 265.6 mph (427.3 km/h) was achieved.
The Guinness World Records world record for the fastest slot car was a Scalextric Honda F1 replica, which reached a speed of 983.88 scale mph (1,583.4 scale kph) when it was controlled by Dallas Campbell (UK) of The Gadget Show at the Chatsworth Rally Show, Chatsworth, UK, on 6 June 2008.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the fastest standing mile in a street car; it was 283.232 mph, achieved by Johnny Bohmer, owner of Performance Power Racing (USA) and Driver of the BADD GT at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, on 16 October 2012.
On March 25, 2016 the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder has set a new world record for open-top sports cars at Naval Air Station Lemoore where Racelogic, the renowned independent speed testing firm, has officially confirmed that a top speed of 265.6 mph (427.3 km/h) was achieved.
That speed tops the previous record, held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse, by more than 11 mph. However, as Autoblog noted, neither the old record nor the new one were recognized by Guinness World Records, which requires two runs in opposite directions (one of theirs strange, but true, rules / WRA’s note).
The world record run was certified by Racelogic technical director, Jim Lau, and witnessed by US Navy Commander Darren Fouts, Air Operations Officer.
The Venom GT roadster was driven by Brian Smith.
The Venom GT is powered by a twin-turbo 7.0L V8 engine producing 1,451 bhp @ 7,200 rpm and 1,287 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm and puts its power down to the rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires via a 6-speed manual gearbox by Ricardo.
The Venom GT is capable of 0-60 mph in less than 2.4 seconds and has been tested from 0-200 mph in less than 13 seconds.
Hennessey plans to offer a limited run of 3 “World Record Edition” Venom GT Spyder’s to commemorate the record run and as a tribute to the company’s 25th Anniversary. The cost is $1.3 million each plus tax.