What happens when you take a slick, state of the art Lotus, send it to Texas, stretch it, and drop in a slick, state of the art American V8? 270 mph happens. Very, very quickly. That's what Hennessey's Venom GT just did at Kennedy Space Center — one of the few places with a long enough runway to even attempt driving at 270 mph — where it topped the Bugatti Veyron in terms of outright pace. It will never make the Guinness Book of World Records for a spate of reasons, but you can buy one right now if you've got the cash, and to most, that makes this the fastest production car in the world.
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Even getting permission to use one of NASA's runways is no small feat, especially when NASA knows you want to drive faster than anyone could have even comprehended back when they were sending people to the moon.
The Venom GT started out life as a Lotus Exige, but now it's got seven liters of turbocharged American V8 pumping out 1200 hp to send it through the atmosphere so fast it almost needs heat shields.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about topping 270 mph? They're convinced they could have hit 280 had they not reached the end of the runway very, very quickly.
They'll probably hit that number, and hopefully before anyone else does, but until then, we've got Hennessey to thank for 270.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. His car can't even hit half of 270 mph. He's tried.