Production car? Road and track defines production as 30 identical vehicles; Guinness 50 identical vehicles, so even the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is not a production car. By this logic some of the salt flat 'production cars' would have the record.
I think it is a cool car, but for $1m, pretty stupid. I'd like to know how much effort they spent to reinforce the thing to make it any kind of safe or even structurally sound with that much power and grip and those kinds of speeds as well. They are basically doing the same amount of engineering work as the V8 miata guys, and those sell for 1/20th the price, and don't try to claim to be anything other than a highly modified car.
Also getting tired of them trying to call it a production car. It is still registered as a Lotus, still has a Lotus VIN. Not a production car. I work for a very small volume vehicle manufacturer, and the amount of money and effort required to meet all the government regulations is staggering. Trying to skip around all this and still claim to run in the same group and sell for similar price is ridiculous.
EDIT: clicked on the link and noticed that they didn't set any official record anyway. You have to meet some rules to get the real record, such as actually being a production car and you have to do two back to back runs and the record is the average of the two.
Im soooo sick of hearing about the Venom, its a tuner car. They did not design this from the ground up, in fact what did they actually design on it? THe frame/ chassis.. NO.. The engine.. NO? Aren't those the two largest parts of the car... Oh well its apparently a technical masterpiece.
Yup. People should do a little bit more research about this company. They've been ripping off the Viper community for quite some time and a bunch of lawsuits have been filed. Some of the stories that you can read on their forum is just astounding.
The FIA defines Production Vehicle as one of "at least 25 identical cars produced within a 12 month period and which were meant for normal sale to the individual purchasers." Hennessey's own site says, "Hennessey builds just five (5) Venom GTs per year." So the Venom isn't a production car by FIA standards. It certainly isn't mass produced. Even so, it is an achievement.