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The world's fastest convertible

The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder has smashed the top speed record for open-top sports cars with a whopping 265.6mph

The convertible reached a maximum speed of 265.6 mph (427.4 km/h) at the US Navy’s 2.9 mile long runway in Lemoore, California – beating the previous record held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse by more than 11 mph.

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The Venom GT is powered by a twin-turbo 7.0L V8 engine which produces a scary 1,451 bhp and 1,287 lb-ft of torque. If that wasn't scary enough, all that power goes through the rear wheels.

The result? 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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Hennessey plans to offer just three “World Record Edition” Venom GT Spyder’s to the record – they'll cost an eye-watering $1.3 million each plus tax.

The convertible record comes after the hard-top Hennessey Venom GT achieved a top speed of 270.4 mph (435.3 km/h) at the Kennedy Space Center in 2014 – a record that still stands today.

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The record was a special way to commemerate Hennessey's 25th anniversary according to founder John Hennessey: “2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance.  

“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.” 

“We are grateful to have the help of so many friends, family, employees, customers and partners over the past 25 years.  We look forward to the next chapter of the Venom with the F5 as we keep making fast cars faster for the next 25 years”, said John Hennessey.

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 Images: Hennessey Performance

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