It’s official: the Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest car to accelerate from 0-300km/h… in the world.
You already knew the Texan-built FrankenLotus was a little bundle of unholy firepower, but now the dinky nuke has burned its name into the record books. Specifically, the Guinness Book of World Records; a representative was officially on hand during a record-run along Ellington Field in Houston to clock the Venom’s raucous acceleration.
The GT, powered by a twin-turbocharged 7.0-litre aluminium V8, took just 13.63 seconds to hit 186mph. That’s not quick, that’s Quick.
We’re only a week into the New Year but that hasn’t stopped a bunch of crazy Australians doing what they do best. No, they haven’t just claimed the record for the longest didgeridoo solo, nor the record for the most vegemite sandwiches spread in 60 seconds. Instead, they’ve done the world’s largest simultaneous burnout.
At this year’s Summernat’s car festival in Canberra, 69 cars lined up to sacrifice their tyres to the Gods of Smoke and Awesome. Thanks to the stupidly powerful cars, it only took 30 seconds for them to beat the previous record of 49 cars. Over 30 tyres went bang during the attempt, there was a bit of fire and lots and lots of smoke. Check it out below.
People of Australia, we salute you.
If you didn’t see earlier this weekend, we’re in the Gunniess Book of World Records.
BBC AMERICA’s Top Gear Wins Guinness World Record
From TopGear.com: Top Gear has just been crowned the world’s most widely watched factual TV programme… in the world!
The 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has certified that Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow have been watched by audiences in 212 territories around the world from Ghana to Guatemala, Moldova to Myanmar.
As he accepted the Guinness World Records 2013 book on behalf of the show, Jeremy Clarkson said: “I am very proud to be involved in such a factual programme.”
At the helm of the 130 horsepower L5 (a rebadged Proton Gen 2) was a very brave man, Li Yatao. Li successfully piloted the car around a 42 ft 2.69 inch diameter loop, a feat that has landed his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.