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Hennessey Venom GT captures 0-300 km/h world record [Video]

The Venom GT is now in the record books for sprinting from 0-300 km/h in just 13.63 seconds.

With 1,244 horsepower, only 2700 lbs. of mass and a stunning power-to-weight ratio of 2.2 pounds per horsepower, the Hennessey Venom GT was born to crush world records - so it comes as no surprise that the speedy two-door has set a Guinness World Record for a production car accelerating from zero-to-300 km/h (roughly 186 mph).

At just 13.63 seconds, the Venom GT's official time was nearly a half second quicker than the previous record holder, the Koenigsegg Agera R. That time represents an average of two separate runs traveling in oppositive directions - the first run, which came with the benefit of four-mph tailwind, took 13.18 seconds, while the second took 14.08 seconds due to six-mph headwind.

The record-breaking runs were performed on January 10 at Ellington Airport, located southeast of Houston, Texas, by a Hennessey team with a stock Venom GT fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and running on 93-octane gas.

Although Guinness only recognizes runs made in kilometers per hour, the Venom GT also set a new unofficial acceleration record of zero-to-200 mph in just 14.51 seconds.

"We are exceptionally proud of our team at Hennessey Performance who helped to make this new Guinness World Record possible," said Hennessey founder and president, John Hennessey. "This is just the first of several validation tests designed to show the world what our special car is all about - being the fastest. Period."

Not content with merely having the Venom GT recognized as the quickest car in the world, Hennessey has announced plans to try for the top speed record as well - a feat that would require besting the 268-mph Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

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