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Supercar from Houston Breaks Speed Record
at Ellington Airport

February 7, 2013

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Ellington Airport and it's 8,001 foot runway provided the perfect backdrop for the Venom GT and the Hennessey Performance team.
Houston’s Ellington Airport (EFD) provided the backdrop as a high performance automobile established a new speed record on January 10, 2013.

The world’s fastest production car to reach 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) from a standing start set the mark while driving down Ellington Airport’s Runway 4/22.

The 8,001 foot strip provided the perfect path for the Hennessey Venom GT automobile to stretch its 1,244 horsepower engine.

“The runways at Ellington Airport are familiar with high speed, high performance vehicles,” says Ellington Airport general manager Brian Rinehart. “But they’re usually flying overhead. So, this was a unique and exciting experience for us as well.”

The car reached the speed threshold, 186 mph, in 13.63 seconds, besting the Swedish-made Koenigsegg Agera R by almost a full second and making its way into the Guiness Book of World Records in the process.

To put that into perspective, the average family sedan needs seven or eight seconds to reach 60 mph. (The Venom GT reaches that speed in 2.7 seconds.) The street-legal car, which boasts a V8 engine and sits just 2.4 inches above the ground, was built by the Hennessey Performance team.

“We are especially grateful to the City of Houston and the staff at Ellington Airport for allowing us to conduct this World Record attempt on their perfectly paved 8,000 foot runway,” said Hennessey Performance CEO Don Goldman.

The acceleration time was an average of two runs made in opposite direction within one hour and validated by a high-tech data logging system. A Guiness Word Record adjudicator, Philip Robertson, was on hand to verify the validity of the speed record claim. Robertson later took a ride in the specialty car himself.

“The acceleration is absolutely amazing,” Robertson said. “I have never ridden in anything this fast.” 
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