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Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Becomes World's Fastest Convertible

It can go from 0 to 60 in less than 2.4 seconds.

Blink and you'll miss it.

The Texas-made Hennessey Venom GT Spyder just became the fastest convertible in the world, hitting speeds of 265.6 mph on a 2.9-mile-long runway at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, the company said. 

"I’ve wanted to test the top speed of our Venom GT Spyder, without the roof, ever since our coupe ran 270.4 mph on the Space Shuttle landing runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in 2014," company founder John Hennessey said in a news release. "This was a great way to validate the technical excellence of our car which includes high-speed stability with an open roof."

Just watch this thing go: 

That speed tops the previous record, held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse, by more than 11 mph. However, as Autoblog noted, neither the old record nor the new one were recognized by Guinness World Records, which requires two runs in opposite directions

Powered by a twin-turbo 7.0L V8 engine producing 1,451bhp@7,200 rpm, the Spyder can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.4 seconds, and hit 200 mph in 13 seconds, the company said.

To celebrate the record, as well as the company's 25th anniversary, Hennessey will make three "World Record Edition" Spyders at a cost of $1.3 million each.    

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