Last week we told you that the Hennessey Venom GT broke the Guinness World Record
for 0-300Kph, doing it in an average time (one run each direction) of 13.63 seconds. 0 to one hundred and eighty six miles per hour, in 13.63 seconds. That’s a quick time in the 1/4 mile. That’s quicker than it takes me to open iTunes. Golf balls accelerate slower than that (I know that’s not true. Thanks for stepping on my joke with your book of facts.)
Obviously there’s lots of cars out there today that come close to that level of acceleration. The Koenigsegg
Agera R was the previous champion, and the Veyron and Huayra aren’t slow. But more impressive than that 0-186mph, is when you look at numbers like 0-60, 1/4 mile, and 1/2 mile. Few cars are ever tested for their best sprint to 300kph, I find the number is kind of hard to put into perspective. But every car in every magazine is ran to 60mph.
Thanks to VBOX USA
, who handled the testing out at Ellington Airfield, we have all the ridiculous acceleration numbers. Want to know how fast the Venom GT gets to 200MPH? The answer is after the jump. (Hint: Roughly as long as my first sexual experience.)
From VBox USA:
Best 0-60: 3.05s (Keep in mind the tarmac had just dried out. On a prepped drag strip, this would easily be in the 2s.)
Best 0-100: 5.88s (It takes a ZR1 6.9 seconds, and then things get really interesting…)
Best 0-150: 9.27s (…because the Corvette won’t reach this speed for about 6 more seconds.)
Best 0-200: 14.51s *That’s 3 giant, scary, crazy seconds faster than the Agera R (17.68s), and 7 seconds faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport (22.1s).
Best 0-300KPH (186MPH): 13.18s
Combined 2-way avg. for 0-300KPH (186MPH): 13.63 **Guinness WORLD RECORD**
Best 1/4 Mile: 10.29 @ 158.830 MPH
Best 1/2 Mile: 15.22 @ 204.657 MPH
The way this thing runs through the gears you wouldn’t believe; 4th sounds as fast as 2nd. I stood behind the car during a launch, and it runs away from you like the Superman ride, barking off the rev limiter, defying the traction control trying to squeeze every bit of forward thrust out. In its wake is a trail of vapor that smells flammable still. Whoa.
We readers of automotive pornography exist in a world of verbal/written/numerical comparisons. We exist on blogs, forums, and Facebook. Car A comes out, and goes X fast, and then car B comes out, and goes X+1. People will surely look at these numbers and discuss altitude, air temperature, tire selection, and how many blades of grass surrounded the intake. People will debate whether this car is good enough, fast enough, or individual enough to sit with Koenigsegg and Bugatti. None of that matters.
Because they are all unbelievably, incredibly, brutes of speed. When you see one a “hyper-car”s run, any one of them, at full fucking go-for-broke gallop on their Roman Coliseum runway, it is a sight to behold. Forget which is better, what you’d buy, who has the nicer gauges, blah blah blah. Just be a fan of cars, speed, and performance. Go to a standing mile event, and instead of putting on your hipster helmet of condescension and judgement, act as if all the cars are equal. Enjoy the spectacle. Because watching 1,244HP run away from you like the Road Runner is just a jaw-dropping experience. Fast? Fuck, yes.