APRIL 12, 2016
Pennzoil helps Hennessey push the limits of performance in record-setting fashion. 

Hennessey Performance Engineering celebrated their 25th anniversary in the only way they know how, by breaking records and going very, very fast. The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder set a new world record for open-top sports cars with a top speed of 265.6 mph, breaking the previous record-holder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse, by over 11 mph.

Pennzoil helped the team at Hennessey push the performance of the Venom GT Spyder’s twin-turbo 7.0L V8 engine to record-breaking levels. With 1,451 bhp at 7,200 rpm and 1,287 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm, the drop-top speedster can achieve 0-60 in less than 2.4 seconds, and it’s also been tested going from 0-200 mph in less than 13 seconds.

“2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance,” said company founder, John Hennessey. “I thought that this would be a special way to celebrate 25 years of making fast cars faster. 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.“

Hennessey plans to offer three “World Record Edition” Venom GT Spyder’s for purchase to commemorate the record run and as a tribute to the company’s 25th Anniversary. You’ll just have to shell out $1.3 million plus tax to call it your own.

“We are grateful to have the help of so many friends, family, employees, customers and partners over the past 25 years. We look forward to the next chapter of the Venom with the F5 as we keep making fast cars faster for the next 25 years,” said John Hennessey.

We can’t wait to see what that next chapter will look like. Our guess is that it will include a lot of horsepower, blazing speed, and a maybe another world record or two. Until then, enjoy photos below of the Hennessey Performance Venom GT Spyder.