Following one prototype, six hardtops, six open-top spyders as well as three world records, production of America’s fastest car is formally pertaining to an end.
To mark the event, the Houston, Texas-based business is constructing a last, celebratory model called, “The Final Edition.”
It possess a glacier blue external paint finish having white racing stripes. Beyond the external detailing, the vehicle remains “stock.” It has the same 1451hp force-fed 7-liter V8 engine that moved it to into the Guinness Book of World Records and into a continuous dispute with Bugatti.
“We have achieved some pretty unbelievable achievements with the Venom GT,” stated John Hennessey, company CEO. “It was always my dream to develop the fastest car and we did just that.”
Back in January 2013 the hardtop accomplished a Guinness World Record for the fastest accelerating 2-seat sports car by speeding up from 0-300km/ h in 13.61 seconds.
After that in February 2014, it struck 270.4 miles per hour (434km/h) on the Space Shuttle’s Landing runway at the Kennedy Space Center. That feat made it very quickly the fastest street-legal production car worldwide, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s record (431.072 km/h or 267.8 miles per hour) by 3km/h.
Bugatti explained that it’s only a record when there are 2 runs and the average taken (the Venom had done simply one pass). And that a vehicle can only be considered a production car if more than 30 examples are developed or strategy to be built.
Hennessey in turn mentioned that the Bugatti’s speed limiter had been removed for the record attempt and that the production design Super Sport’s top speed is in fact capped at 415km/h. As a result, the record was quickly suspended but Guinness ultimately decided in Bugatti’s favor.
However, Hennessey had the ultimate victory. When his team took the open-top Spyder to the United States Naval Air Station located in Lemoore, California, they did whatever by the book and set a new record for the world’s fastest open leading car– 265.6 miles per hour, 11mph faster than the Bugatti’s open leading Grand Sport Vitesse. But obviously, Bugatti can still claim that its convertible is the world’s fastest open-top production vehicle as it developed 150 examples compared to Hennessey’s 6.
It will be sad to see the Venom go, it’s also an opportunity to get delighted about its replacement, the F5, which guarantees to pick up where the outbound model ended.
The Venom GT Final Edition is presently sold and fetched a $1.2 million premium.