The Hennessey Venom GT has set a new record, but it’s not what you think.
This year, Hennessey Performance is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is doing so in style. In November 2015, the company debuted its new Hennessey Venom GT at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and it has now set a new speed record for going 265.6 mph, making it the world’s fastest convertible.
That means the 2014 Hennessey Venom GT still holds the previous record for a non-convertible, going 270.49 mph, besting the Bugatti Veyron’s 267.8-mph land speed record. The Venom GT, however, isn’t a mass produced vehicle and Hennessey only did that speed going one way, so it wasn’t an official Guinness World Record.
The new Hennessey Venom GT produces 1,451 horsepower through a turbocharged 7.0-liter V8, but even the additional 207 hp isn’t enough to make it faster than the previous coupe. Still, Hennessey has a lot to be proud of.
The record run was certified by Racelogic technical director, Jim Lau, and witnessed by U.S. Navy Commander Darren Fouts, Air Operations Officer. Behind the wheel of the record-setting pass was Brian Smith.
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