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Supercar smashes acceleration record by going from 0 to 300km/h in 13.63 seconds

Yahoo! Cars, Yahoo!7 January 24, 2013, 11:06 am

A sleek motor has smashed the record for the world's fastest accelerating car, managing a speed of 300km/h in an eye-watering 13.63 seconds.The Hennessey Venom GT is a Texan-built supercar powered by a 7-litre V8 engine developing a whopping 1,244bhp.It demonstrated its muscle and power in Houston, USA, where the car was taken for a spin.The Venom GT raced from 0-300kph in 13.63 seconds - the same time it takes a diesel Ford Fiesta to hit 100km/h.

Guinness World Records verified the time had been snatched from the previously fastest Koenigsegg Agera which managed 0-300km/h in 14.53 seconds - almost a second longer.The £910,000 ($1,366,510 AUD) supercar also managed 0-320km/h in a supersonic 14.51 seconds - a staggering 7.7 seconds quicker than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.The Venom GT did 0-160km/h in 5.88 seconds and after one-mile had reached 329km/h.John Hennessey, founder of Hennessey Performance, revealed he was going after the record for top speed, which is currently held by the 431km/h Veyron Super Sport.But the firm will have its work cut out to find somewhere to hit this speed - with Bugatti having special access to Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien 60 mile test track in Germany.He said: "We are exceptionally proud of our team at HPE who helped to make this new Guinness World Record possible."It was a great moment, but this is just the beginning and we plan to set a few more speed records as part of our Venom GT validation process."We are in the process of looking for a runway or toll road long enough to make some top speed runs."A flat four mile stretch of road would be ideal and we’re confident the Venom GT will do 270mph-plus 434km/h)."
Hennessey plans to build just 29 Venom GTs with each model taking six months to build.The firm has sold ten models so far with Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler owning a convertible edition.