On February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new world speed record for 2-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 435.31 km/h (270.49 mph)
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..."
President John F. Kennedy - 12 September, 1962
The test was performed at the John F. Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway. Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park, drove the Venom GT to its record speed. A representative from Racelogic, world-renowned maker of VBox GPS data-acquisition systems, was on hand to independently verify and document the Venom GT's highest recorded speed. The Venom GT was powered with Pennzoil Platinum® with PurePlus™ Technology, a first of its kind synthetic motor oil made from natural gas.
The Hennessey Performance team was able to utilise the Shuttle Landing runway via the Performance Power LLC Space Act Agreement. Performance Power collaborates with manufacturers and race teams alike to utilise the shuttle runway for the purposes of engineering validation, safety, innovative product design, and aerodynamic testing. The Hennessey Performance team, its engineers and test driver worked closely with Johnny Bohmer and the Performance Power team who this test possible.