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Meet the World’s Fastest “Production” Car

At nearly 266 mph, Hennessy Venom GT blows past Bugatti Veyron.

by on Apr.03, 2013

The Hennessy Venom GT preps for its record run.

We’re not quite sure where you could use that sort of speed – or even where you’d go to confirm the numbers — but the folks at Texas-based Hennessy Performance are popping the champagne to celebrate a 265.7 mile per hour run of their supercar, the Venom GT.

The numbers, officially clocked by VBOX across a two-mile stretch of tarmac at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Leemore, California, actually falls short of the 267.8 mph record previously set by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – but that wasn’t for a production model. Bugatti’s cars are normally speed limited at a paltry 258 mph when they roll out of the factory.

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“Thus, at 265.7 mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public,” boasts company founder and president, John Hennessey.

As our friends over at Autoblog suggested, the word “production” is a matter of debate.  Don’t expect to see the Venom GT start rolling off the line like mere Porsches. The vehicle used for the test run was only the seventh Hennessy built.


This Supercar Is No Snake (But It Is a Reptile)

The other Shelby's new car called Tuatara, could take title of world's fastest production car.

by on Jul.20, 2011

Shelby SuperCars named its new car the Tuatara, in part because of the rear winglets.

Bugatti Veyron, meet the Shelby SuperCars Tuatara ( (pronounced twu‐tar‐ah).

SSC announced Monday that it will build the Tuatara, the successor to the Aero and Ultimate Aero supercars, which went back and forth with version of the Veyron for the title of world’s fastest production car.

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Named for a New Zealand reptile, the name translates to “peaks on the back” from the native Maori language. SSC says the name is fitting for the car, which has small winglets on the back. A bit of a stretch, but OK.

SSC founder, chief designer and CEO Jerod Shelby says there’s another link between the reptile and the car. The company says that the reptile has the fastest-evolving DNA in the world, a trait it shares with the new Shelby Supercar.