Texas auto tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering took its turbocharged Venom GT supercar to an 8,000-foot-long runway to shatter a Guinness world record.
Hennessey’s street-legal Venom GT accelerated from zero to 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds, establishing the vehicle as the new record holder for fastest acceleration by a production car. The acceleration time was an average of two runs made in opposite directions within one hour. (Guinness only recognizes runs made in kilometers per hour, so the record officially is fastest 0 to 300 km/h acceleration.)
Powered by a 7.0-liter V-8 engine boosted by twin turbochargers, the first run was completed with a 4 mph tailwind that pushed it to a 13.18-second finish. The second run was made through a 6 mph headwind, which resulted in a 14.08-second finish. The previous record was 14.53 seconds, held by the Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg and its Agera R car.
(It's still a ways off from an F/A-18 fighter jet being catapulted from zero to 165 mph in two seconds off an aircraft carrier, but it's getting there.)