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Hennessey Venom GT Spyder sets convertible speed record [Video]

The \'vert beat the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse benchmark by 11 mph.

Hennessey Performance has raised another performance benchmark, setting a convertible speed record with its Venom GT Spyder.

The roadster reached a Racelogic-verified 265.6 mph on a 13,500-foot concrete runway at the Naval Air Station Lemoore, beating the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse's existing 254-mph record. The hardtop Venom GT set a speed record in 2014 at the Kennedy Space Center, topping out at 270.4 mph.

Both variants are powered by a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 with 1,451 horsepower and 1,287 lb-ft of torque, delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Drivers can expect to hit 60 mph in less than 2.4 seconds, reaching 200 mph in a blistering 13 seconds.

""I thought that this would be a special way to celebrate 25 years of making fast cars faster," said company founder John Hennessey. "This was a great way to validate the technical excellence of our car which includes high-speed stability with an open roof."

Hennessey will offer a limited run of three "World Record Edition" Venom GT Spyder roadsters, each carrying a $1.3 million price tag.

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