Hennessey Venom GT Spyder becomes the fastest convertible on the planet following a near-428kph run at the 4.7km Naval Air Station Lemoore runway in California.[Not a valid template]
It’s not just Nissan that has been making ‘world record’ headlines of late though, with Hennessey Performance having secured the record as the world’s fastest convertible with the Venom GT Spyder. The successful run falls during Hennessey’s 25th anniversary year.
The Spyder punched its way to 265.6 mph (427.4 kph) to overtake the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports – the previous record holder – by more than 18kph. The record run took place on Naval Air Station Lemoore’s 4.7km runway with Director of the Ford Performance Racing School Brian Smith on driver detail.
Easy to see where that biblical turn of pace came from though, the 7-litre twin-turbo V8 in the Spyder producing a dizzying 1451bhp and 1287lb ft of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox by Ricardo. Consequently the Spyder will hit 0-100kph in ‘less than 2.4 seconds’ and 0-320kph, staggeringly, in ‘less than 13 seconds’. Even despite these extraordinary performance figures, the Spyder still has a way to go to catch the Venom GT hard-top, which set a 270.4 mph (435.3 kph) run at the Kennedy Space Centre in 2014 to seal its own record.
Hennessey is not quite ready to hang up the socket set just yet though, the Texas tuners already speculating that its new F5 could hit more than 460kph courtesy of power ‘in excess of 1400bhp’. Which would, intriguingly, put the F5 directly in contention with Bugatti’s new 1479bhp, 420kph Chiron.
Source – hpedesign