This stunning achievement took place, appropriately enough, at the Kennedy Space Center on a runway that was built for the Space Shuttle to land on. But even the 3.3 miles of Shuttle landing strip wasn’t enough to get the most out of the Venom GT. Astonishingly, the Venom GT was still accelerating when test driver Brian Smith ran out of track.
Meanwhile, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport managed 269.86 mph on the much larger Ehra-Lessien test track. Ehra-Lessien is an oval that boasts a 5.5-mile straight that ends in a nice safe banked turn. This stands in stark contrast to the Kennedy Space Center’s runway, which is lined by water-filled ditchs … and possibly gators. Brian Smith told The Daily Mail that he thinks that the Venom GT could actually manage another 5 to 10mph with a longer track.
Amazingly, the outright speed might not actually be the most impressive thing about the Venom GT. Consider for a moment the acceleration. The entire run from 0 to 270 mph took less than a minute and 120 to 220 took less than ten seconds. That’s faster than plenty of production cars can make it to 60. Just watching the video makes your eyes bleed. Or maybe it’s my pinkeye … either way.
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