Texan mentalists Hennessey Performance have celebrated their 25th birthday by setting a new top speed record for a convertible car.
Having reached a vmax of 270.4mph with the Venom GT Coupe in 2014, Hennessey got to wondering how fast the Venom GT Spyder would go without its roof in place. So it borrowed the US Navy’s 2.9-mile runway in Lemoore, California and wheelman Brian Smith to find out.
As you’d expect of a car with 1451bhp, it turned out to be very, very fast. 265.6mph fast. That’s 11mph more than the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse could manage.
Hennessey Performance boss John Hennessey said: “I’ve wanted to test the top speed of our Venom GT Spyder ever since our coupe ran 270.4mph on the Space Shuttle landing runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in 2014. This was a great way to validate the technical excellence of our car which includes high-speed stability with an open roof.”
A 7.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 powers the Venom GT Spyder, which thrusts the 1244kg machine from 0-60mph in under 2.4secs and to 200mph in less than 13secs. As you can see in the video, it doesn’t hit sixth gear until nearly 230mph.
Hennessey plans a run of three ‘World Record Edition’ cars, each costing $1.3 million (just over £900,000) plus tax. Unfortunately, though the speed achieved was verified by Race Logic, it’s only an unofficial record; the bodies that usually recognise world records take an average of two runs in opposite directions over a measured distance.
Still, it’s an astonishing achievement can leaves us wondering what on Earth Hennessey will do with the upcoming F5.
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By Only Motors