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Hennessey Venom GT

Farewell to the Hennessey Venom GT

Production of the world’s fastest hardtop coupe and convertible has now officially concluded.

To commemorate the final Venom GT built, Hennessey Performance (HPE) is making a Final Edition of its 270-plus mph supercar.

The single Venom GT Final Edition will be finished in a special glacier blue paint with white stripes and is powered by the same twin-turbo, 7-liter V-8 engine, producing 1,451 hp. It has already been sold for $1.2 million.

Since 2010, Hennessey Performance has built 12 road-going Venom GTs, along with one prototype, for a total production of 13 vehicles, according to the company. The first six Venoms were all hardtops, and the last six were roadsters.

The first Venom GT Spyder was built for Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, and was auctioned on Jan. 20 for $800,000 at the recent Barret-Jackson auction event in Scottsdale, Arizona. The proceeds from the sale of Tyler’s Venom GT benefited the rocker’s Janie’s Fund charity.

During the past six years of Venom GT production, the car’s power grew from 1,000 to 1,451 hp. Combined with a curb weight of 2,743 pounds, the Hennessey Venom was the first supercar to attain and exceed the power-to-weight ratio of one-to-one, according to the company.

Along the way, the Venom GT set several speed records, including:

  • Guinness World Record for the fastest two-seat sports car at 186.4 mph in 13.61 seconds in January 2013;
  • World’s fastest two-seat sports car by attaining a top speed of 270.4 mph on the Shuttle Landing Runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in February, 2014;
  • World’s fastest open-top vehicle by attaining a top speed of 265.6 mph at the U.S. Naval Air Station in March, 2016 in Lemoore, California. It beat the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, by 11 mph.

“We’ve attained some pretty incredible achievements with the Venom GT,” said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO. “It was always my dream to build the fastest car and we did just that. Our Venom GT retires as one of the fastest cars on the planet, along with being one of the most exclusive. I’m so grateful to our customers, employees, suppliers and our technical partners, Pennzoil & Shell V-Power, who have helped make this special car a reality. We look forward to introducing our next car, the Venom F5, sometime later this year.”