[Video] Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is the world’s fastest open top vehicle

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With a Bugatti Chiron roadster still doing the rumor mill – meaning it won’t see the light of day anytime soon – Hennessey Performance has gifted itself for its 25th anniversary with the world’s fastest convertible record title.

That’s because on March 25th the Venom GT Spyder raced by Ford Performance Racing School director Brian Smith managed to achieve a maximum speed of 265.6 miles per hour. This is actually less than what the tuner advertised for the car but it’s still more than enough to beat the previous record holder – none other than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse, which was clocked back in the day at 254.04 mph. The Venom GT Spyder draws life from its biturbo 7.0-liter V8 engine that manages an impressive 1,451 horsepower and 1,287 pound-feet of torque. It has been linked to a six-speed manual transmission, which is good for a 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in no more than 2.4 seconds.

Now Hennessey will celebrate the achievement by offering to prospective buyers three customized Venom GT Spyder World Record Editions, each unit priced at a cool $1.3 million. “I thought that this would be a special way to celebrate 25 years of making fast cars faster,” commented John Hennessey. “This was a great way to validate the technical excellence of our car which includes high-speed stability with an open roof,” he also added. The record run took place at Naval Air Station Lemoore and was vetted by independent speed testing firm Racelogic, with the main witness being US Navy Commander Darren Fouts, Air Operations Officer.