Now that there’s a new Hennessey Venom GT , it was only a matter of time before it set a new record. Released in conjunction with its 25th anniversary, Hennessey Performance has announced has set a new world speed record for the fastest convertible car in the world—reaching an incredible 265.6 mph. The open-top, 1,451bhp GT Spyder took its historic run on the US Navy’s 2.9-mile long runway in Lemoore, California, driven by Brian Smith, who managed to hit a top speed 11mph higher than the previous convertible record holder, the 254mph Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

In 2014, Hennessey took its previous Venom GT to a top speed of 270.49 mph, making it the fastest car ever. There was a stipulation, however, as the Venom GT did the run in one direction only and since only 16 of a planned total 29 were sold at the time, it didn’t qualify for the  Guinness Book  of Records.

But that’s probably a minor detail that Hennessey doesn’t care about, as company founder and president John Hennessey just wants it to be the fastest: “Being the fastest matters,” he said. “We are intent on keeping the Venom as the fastest, best performing and most exciting hypercar on the road.”

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The newest version of the car actually made its debut at the  2015 SEMA Show  in Las Vegas, boasting 1,451 horsepower, which is 207 hp more than its predecessor. Weighing in at 2,743 pounds, we’re excited to see how fastest the new Venom GT can go.
Last week, the company’s Facebook page  posted a teaser video saying that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance, so it decided that a celebration was in order with the message to expect that details on its new speed record would arrive today, April 11.

Here's the just released, record-setting footage:
And here's video of the 270.49 mph run in February, when it was driven by Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park, to its original record speed.