World's Fastest Convertible: The record-breaking Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

World's Fastest Convertible: The record-breaking Hennessey Venom GT Spyder
author image CarTrade Editorial Team
Wednesday 13 April 2016, 14:29 PM

Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering’s Venom GT Spyder recently took over the title of the fastest convertible in the world with a recorded maximum speed of 427.4Kmph! The record breaking run, which took place on the 4.6km long runway of the Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, was confirmed by speed testing firm Racelogic.

At the heart of the Venom GT Spyder is a twin-turbocharged 7.0L V8 motor which puts out a massive 1451bhp and 1745nm of torque. This paired with the kerb weight of just 1258kg rockets the Venom from 0-100kmph from in around 2.5 seconds. The Hennessey can also manage 0-320kmph in under 13 seconds!

World’s Fastest Convertible: The record-breaking Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

“2016 marks the 25thanniversary 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 270.4mph (435.16kmph) 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.”

The Venom’s run was 17.7kmph faster than the previous record which was set in 2013 by the almighty Bugatti Super Sport Vitesse. However, with the Bugatti Chiron on the horizon we feel the record might be broken soon.

Hennessey are in plans of making three “World Record Edition” Venom GT Spyders to celebrate this incredible feat and the company’s 25th anniversary. Expect this car to cost around 8.63 crore, plus taxes.

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