Hennessey Viper – Zero to 220 MPH In 24.1 Seconds

Want to see what zero to 220 MPH in 24.1 seconds look like? Then you’re going to like this video of a twin turbo Hennessey powered Viper. The car makes more power and is 700 lbs lighter than a Bugatti Veyron. However, the Veyron is quicker than the Hennessey up to about 160MPH thanks the added traction from all wheel drive and a super fast shifting 7-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox.

As you’ll see from the video, the driver had to be very gentle on the launch in order to keep the rear tires from going up in a cloud of smoke. Once the blown snake hooks up, it’s brutally fast! Hennessey claims his Viper has a top speed of 255MPH, but has so far, lacked the guts to try it. Personally, I think it’ll break apart once it passes 230.

It’ll take a lot more engineering than swamping in a big motor to break the Veyron’s top speed record. For one thing, Hennessey doesn’t have access to the $17,000 tires used by the Veyron ($43,000 for the run-flat version). Those are the only tires in the world rated to go that fast. Trying to go 250+MPH with any other tires is very risky. Enjoy the video.

51 thoughts on “Hennessey Viper – Zero to 220 MPH In 24.1 Seconds”

  1. DanyO says:

    Awesome car. You can just feel the power.

    1. David says:

      Man…I can’t imagine driving a car with that much power!!! But one day!! 😈

      1. Dave says:

        I don’t think I could bring myself to spend that much on a vehicle, even if I was loaded.

  2. derrich says:

    Hennessey isn’t a very popular guy around here. Although, I have to hand it to him. He tunes a great car.

    1. DanyO says:

      too bad I can’t afford anything like that. I’ll have to put it on my list of goals.

      1. Hu$tler says:

        Start making money like John Chow and you can.

        1. Alex says:

          I don’t think that even John could afford one of these..

  3. Matt says:

    That video is great. One of the noticable differences between this and the Bugatti is what it’s like driving at 200 MPH. From James May’s Top Gear video it looks like going at those speeds in the Bugatti is still like taking a leisurely drive – in this, everything looks much more crazy and exciting. It really feels as if the driver is pushing the car to its limits.

    I’d still prefer the Bugatti though.

    1. derrich says:

      Definitely. Viper suspension = Jeep suspension (relative to a Bugatti suspension).

    2. Ed Lau says:

      Yep, due to the tires. The Veyron is engineered to go 255MPH while this is just a Viper with a huge engine. As John said, only the Veyron has tires that can transfer 1000HP to the road. Any other tires if you floor it just spin around and do nothing.

      I’m also going to guess that the Viper doesn’t have proper brakes and the chassis probably won’t handle 255.

      1. derrich says:

        Unles, of course, you use slicks which are illegal on the road. πŸ˜‰

        1. Alex says:

          I think that legal doesn’t matter on this track..

    3. Aaron Cook says:

      But you also have to take into account the camera and sound equipment used in each video. Top Gear’s video utilized a high-end television production camera (with steadycam, etc.) and a microphone that was wired to pick up his voice and muffle all other sounds.

      The Hennessey video, however, simply used a rear-mounted camera (no steadycam technilogy) with a microphone wired directly to the camera itself, no muffling. Huge, huge difference. Perceptionally speaking, they create two entirely different worlds of sensation, even if filmed in the same car at the same speed.

      That, and there’s also a massive difference between the price of the two cars. $1.2 million vs. less than $100,000. As far as I’m concerned, with a price like that, the Bugatti (though I love it) needs even more refinement.

      1. Aaron Cook says:

        Did I just type technilogy?!? πŸ˜›

        1. Aaron Cook says:

          Should probably also throw in that there’s also a huge difference in the tracks they were running on. The Volkswagon Ehra-Lessien track, which is near Wolfsburg, Germany, is as smooth as glass. The Bugatti needed that in order to reach its top speed. The track the Viper ran on, as you can see, leaves quite a bit to be desired.

          Nonetheless, both cars rock. Personally, I’ve only driven a Viper (total rush), so I can’t speak for the Bugatti…though I imagine it’s insanely orgasmic!

          1. derrich says:

            Whatever, man. All the tracks here in Texas are AWESOME!!! 😎 Hehe, you said “technilogy”.

          2. Alex says:

            How could you write ‘technilogy’ on a blog who’s owner runs The TechZone πŸ˜›

    4. Scot says:

      Also consider the video quality, as said below


  4. Powerful. Really powerful. Come to think of it, aren’t we better off taking a plane instead? πŸ˜€

    1. Hu$tler says:

      true..but you gonna need better insurance if you gonna travel 220mph

      1. Marc says:

        If you’re traveling 220mph, you don’t need insurance at all. If something goes wrong, you won’t be around to worry about it afterwards.

  5. Tim Ukaj says:

    As much as I love these type of cars I’d still go for a bimmer :mrgreen:

    1. Scot says:

      I need a bumper sticker
      “honk if you see griffin”


  6. Hu$tler says:

    Awesome…how much is this car? Don’t let Eddie Griffin drive this car..haha. πŸ˜›

    1. Dave says:

      LoL! No doubt man, no doubt!

    2. Marc says:

      Eddie Griffin wouldn’t be allowed to drive my Hyundai… πŸ˜›

  7. Dejan says:

    This thing is probably undrivable on the streets.

    1. Scot says:

      Probably illegal on the streets πŸ˜‰


  8. James says:

    There are a lot of flashing red lights on that dash. Not sure that’s good.
    Not sure the videography difference does not make a bit of the difference between the way 200MPH seems here and with the Veyron.

    1. Nate W. says:

      The flashing red lights are not meant to be directly looked at, only so you can see out of the corner out of your eye that you need to shift or the boost is at it’s max psi.

      1. Scot says:

        Thanks for the information, I was curious about the light myself.


  9. Aaron Cook says:

    Man, what a rush, eh? It’s like being a fighter jet. 😎

    The red light that comes on is a special gage they installed. In the stock Viper it’s where the other climate control air vent is located. The one to the left of it that blinks is where the oil gage is located in the stock version.

  10. Matthew says:

    That was very quick and looked a bit insane too. I think it would struggle at top speed, or take someone with some real gutts to take it that high.

  11. Shawn Knight says:

    Dodge Viper has always been, and will possibly always be, my absolute dream car. Sure, there are others that are faster, but IMO nothing beats the pure sex appeal of a blue with white stripes Viper coupe…

    1. Dave says:

      A friend of mine told me that Vipers are really rough to drive.

  12. Not as fast as my Fiat Punto… πŸ˜†
    Jokes apart, this car is fantastic!! 😯

  13. Gdog says:

    Does it have VTEC? 😈

  14. Dude John, that video is so sweet. I only dream of being able to drive a car like that. My crappy car maight go zero to 70 in 24 seconds. Haha



    1. Marc says:

      As is the case for most of us πŸ™‚ Mine’s not quite that crappy but my Hyundai’s still not going to go half as fast as that car πŸ˜‰

      1. Alex says:

        Lucky you, I don’t even have a bicycle πŸ™

  15. Alex says:

    Viper is one of my favorite cars, I love its design more than performance…

    1. Scot says:

      It does have a great design, too.


  16. Scot says:

    I can almost feel the take-off. And the torque is insane.

  17. Wow, now that is seriously awsum πŸ˜€

    Why not set up a competition where we can can win one πŸ˜‰

    1. Alex says:

      You could give out 1/24 scaled models :mrgreen:

  18. Amanda says:

    thats really cool!!! i want one now!

  19. Woah,I’m not even behind the wheel and I’m sweating; that’s a really fast car indeed.

  20. Have you seen the video of the GM Diesel impala that beats the lambo?

  21. Mr. Red says:

    JEsus, 17k for tires is just nuts, i cringe at 300$

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