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Hennessey Venom GT Is World’s Fastest Production Convertible

The American super-car manufacturer set a 265.6mph top speed world record for a convertible, with the updated 1451bhp Venom GT.

Updated Venom GT convertible faster than Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, previous holder of the record.

Hennessey Performance Engineering is celebrating 25 years, and to mark the occasion they decided to reclaim their spot as the fastest in the world. After doing the same thing with the “normal” version of the car, Hennessey went ahead and did the same for the convertible version of the updated Venom GT.

Hennessy are used to breaking records with their vehicles, especially those set by rival Bugatti, part of Volkswagen Motors.

It should be mentioned, that the record is not acknowledged by the Guinness book of records due to only 16 units going to production, rather than the 50 needed for a record to be held by a “production car”.

I’ve wanted to test the top speed of our Venom GT Spyder, without the roof, ever since our coupe ran 270.4 mph on the Space Shuttle landing runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in 2014

“2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance”, said company founder, John Hennessey. “I thought that this would be a special way to celebrate 25 years of making fast cars faster. I’ve wanted to test the top speed of our Venom GT Spyder, without the roof, ever since our coupe ran 270.4 mph on the Space Shuttle landing runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in 2014. This was a great way to validate the technical excellence of our car which includes high-speed stability with an open roof.”

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 The Venom GT is powered by a twin-turbo 7.0L V8 engine producing 1,451 bhp @ 7,200 rpm and 1,287 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm and puts its power down to the rear Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires via a 6-speed manual gearbox by Ricardo.  The Venom GT is capable of 0-60 mph in less than 2.4 seconds and has been tested from 0-200 mph in less than 13 seconds.

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