Many people consider the Hennessey Venom GT to be the fastest production car in the world. It was able to achieve a top speed of 270.49 mph on a runway a couple of years ago, and set the Guinness world record for quickest car from 0-300 km/h. But its top speed run was never made official, so the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport still technically holds the title. Hennessey, meanwhile, holds the record for world's fastest convertible, thanks to a drop-top Venom GT's blistering 265mph run, amazingly accomplished with one broken fuel pump.
Shown above, the record-holding Venom GT convertible after its 265-mph run.
Record book foibles didn't stop Hennessey from selling 12 of its $1.2 million Venom GTs in its six-year production run. But now, the era of the Venom GT draws to a close.
Hennessey Performance unveiled the 12th and final Venom GT today , fittingly dubbed the "Final Edition." It's painted glacier blue with two thin white stripes down the middle, and has already been sold. Like all other GTs, it's powered by a 7.0-liter twin turbo LS7 V8 that produces 1451 horsepower, and weighs just 2743 pounds.
While the Venom GT is considered a production car to Hennessey, it's based on an elongated and modified Lotus Elise chassis. Of course, much of the body is new, and the structure is strengthened enough to handle a motor with that much power.
So if you're thinking about picking one up, you'll just have to buy used.