On 14th February 2014, the Hennessey Venom – a heavily modified Lotus Exige, powered by a 7.0 twin turbo V8 – hit 270mph at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.
The car was equipped with both a VBOX HD and a Video VBOX, along with an OLED Display which, as you can see in the video, gave the driver a clear view of the speed he was travelling. Check out the acceleration, which is truly astonishing. The car had to be brought to a halt very quickly on the runway and the Venom team are confident that the car could go even faster given a longer run.
Joe Lachovsky, from the Racelogic USA office was on hand to verify the numbers.
Here is his report:
"The weather for the run couldn't have been more perfect. There was definitely a nervous calm in the air, as months of work by Hennessey's crew was coming down to this moment. When Brian (the driver) took off, you could hear that he was on the gas for quite a while, which only served to ratchet up the suspense. It wasn't until we had made our way to the other end of the runway that we saw the OLED display had confirmed they broke the record. Being able to confirm the data logged by the VBOX 3i on the very runway that the shuttle had landed on many times, is something I'll never forget. Truly a remarkable experience."