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The battle for the title of "world's fastest production car" is as fierce as it is bizarre. Populated by extremely rare, hyper-expensive, hand-built cars, the group of contenders is as unrealistic as the speeds they reach.
But there's a new king of this particular hill, as evidenced by video of the run: the Hennessey Venom GT. At least, technically.
Hennessey Performance president and founder John Hennessey acknowledgdes as much, saying, "While a Veyron Super Sport did run 267.8 mph, Bugatti speed-limits its production vehicles to 258 mph. Thus, at 265.7 mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public."
Whatever the technicalities, the specifics are clear: the run was validated by two VBOX 3i GPS-based data logging systems during a run at the United States Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.
Equipment for the car was as-delivered to customers, including Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, a full interior (including leather seats, air conditioning, and a high-end stereo, Hennessey points out), and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.