Okay, that’s selling John Hennessey and Hennessey Performance short. Their list of performance accomplishments is admirable and growing.
Hennessey offers meaningful (sometimes ludicrous) performance upgrade packages for everything from the Nissan GTR to Ford Raptor. In fact, we have some personal experience with an upgraded Hennessey GTR on a road course. He was faster than us…
Perhaps most notably though, Hennessey’s Venom GT has quite rudely disrupted Bugatti’s world record accomplishments.
And now Hennessey has claimed the convertible world speed record; stealing the title from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse. Actually, it clobbered the Vitesse record by some 11 mph. A fact that is sure to upset at least a few oil sheikhs. (Their struggle is real.)
The 1,451 brake horsepower Venom GT Spyder ran 265.6 mph. And just to reinforce the point, that’s with an open top.
Hennessey Performance set the record as a sort of celebration of their 25 years of insanity, errr, business.
Hennessey Performance represents a big middle finger to all of those modern concerns. We appreciate their efforts, and for being so singularly committed to going faster at a time when there are so many forces working to quell that spirit.
Being tirecentric as we are, we wondered what sophisticated rubber must have been fitted for such a run. Not every tire can manage 1,451 brake horsepower and 265.6 mph.
Well, turns out it’s a standard Michelin Pilot Super Sport. We’ve promoted this tire as the street performance tire of the times. The Hennessey speed record is yet another credential for this benchmark tire.