When we talked about the Venom GT setting the record last week we had no idea that Hennessy planned on one-upping the convertible top speed record with the open top Venom GT Spyder. The previous record was held by the Bugatti 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse at 254.04 mph and was set back in 2013. In true Hennessy fashion they didn’t just beat the record by 1 mph, they went ahead and raised it up over 10mph to 265.6 mph. This also happens to be the 25th anniversary of when John Hennessy started the small speed shop that has now turned into one of the most highly respected in the business today, and to celebrate that John wanted to put his Venom GT on the map just one more time before another round of records are going to be set.
I read an article somewhere that the head of Bugatti, Wolfgang Dürheimer, was pestered by his son to watch the video of the Venom GT running 270 mph and after watching it Dürheimer set out to contact Hennessy and the two had a great conversation. John said that he jokingly asked if he could run his Venom on the massive 5 mile straight that the Veyron used to set all its records and apparently Dürheimer didn’t say yes, but he didn’t say no either. Who would have thought that these two competitors would be so friendly. Hennessy said it was just like talking to one of his local gear head friends in Texas.
Now we need to clarify that the record seen here and the record held by the hard top version of the Venom GT technically aren’t “World Records” in the sense of Guinness Book of World Records. In order to achieve that title the car must run in both directions and then the average of the two speeds is what’s used for the record. It’s done this way so that things like wind don’t factor in the records. Both times the Venom has beat the record it was only going one run in one direction. So technically both records are still held by Bugatti, but that isn’t going to stop them from raising the bar with the new 1500hp Chiron. Its going to be very intersting to see how this all plays out.