Staff Writer@KateMcHale42 The Kennedy Space Center is known for high speeds, and breathtaking liftoffs. However, this time the vehicle doing all of the work was not being rocketed into space. The Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49 MPH on February 14, 2014 making it the fastest production car in the world! This narrowly beat out the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's who’s previous record was 269.86 mph. the battle between the two cars has been fierce and ongoing for quite a while dating back to 1984. This is not the first time the Venom was clocked at mind blowing speeds. On February 9th, 2013 the car managed to reach speeds of 265.7 MPH. This makes the feat of 270 MPH almost a year later even more spectacular according to Top Gear the numbers were shocking: According to the official VBox figures, the Venom - powered by a 7.0-litre twin-turbo GM-sourced V8 - accelerated from 20mph to 120mph in just 7.71 seconds, pulling a maximum 1.2g of longitudinal acceleration as it went. Perhaps even more impressive, the Venom went from 120mph to 220mph in a fraction under ten seconds. That's extraordinary acceleration, even for a car that holds the 0-200mph record. Achieving the final 10mph took just ten seconds. Due to the fact that the speeds of the Venom and the Bugatti are so close together, the Venom’s record is not accepted by Guinness. John Hennessy voiced his frustration not towards Guinness but towards NASA, “We wanted to run in both directions, but the NASA guys wouldn't let us. Getting into NASA isn't easy. It was a two-year process. The morning was relatively calm, about a 3mph quarter-crosswind. If we'd run in both directions, the result would have been pretty much the same.” Hennessey also had some words about the so called competition between the two cars, “They're completely different cars. We aim not just to be the most powerful, but also the lightest. That thing [the Veyron] is a Bentley GT, a comfortable car.” If you want to catch the full article, check out the May issue of Top Gear. Odds are by this time next year, we will witness record breaking speeds all over again.
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