Back in 1993, the McLaren F1 became the world’s fastest production car going 231 mph with the limiter still in place shattering the previous record of 213 mph set the year before by the Jaguar XJ220. The F1 would hold that record until the Bugatti Veyron blew it out of the water in 2005 when it hit 253 mph. Since then the record has been set and reset three times by the likes of the SSC Ultimate Aero (256 mph) and then with the Bugatti Veyron Supersport (267 mph).
John Hennessey announced yesterday that the his Hennessey Venom GT is now the fastest production car you can buy. Is this surprising? Not in the least. The car boasts 1244 hp and weighs nearly 1500lbs less than the Veyron. Last month it was announced they broke the 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) record reaching it in 13.61 seconds. For reference, the Scion FR-S hits the 1/4 mile in 14.8 seconds at 94 mph.
So what did the Hennessey Venom GT do? 265.7 mph. You might be saying, “Wait, I thought you just said the Veyron SS did 267 mph…” You’d be right. While the Veyron SS did indeed do 267 mph, Bugatti had to limit the car to 258 mph in an effort to save the tires from disintegrating at that speed. John Hennessey therefore says that because you can’t actually buy the Veyron SS and actually do 267 mph in it that his car is the fastest car your money can buy. If you have the million bucks to lay down for one. That price makes it a relative bargain. A Veyron SS will land you three times that amount!
Source: Hennessey Performance