Hennessey Venom GT production ends with Final Edition – replacement Venom F5 coming this year

In 2010, Hennessey Performance (HPE) introduced the world to the Venom GT, which later went on to set a new Guinness World Record for the “fastest 0-300 km/h by a production car” in 2013, with a time of 13.63 seconds (now beatan by the Koenigsegg One:1 with 11.92 seconds).

The company has now announced that production of the Venom GT has come to an end, and to commemorate the occasion, it has produced this – the Venom GT Final Edition. For a bit of trivia, there are only 13 Venom GTs in the entire world – six coupes, six roadsters and one prototype.

According to the company, the Final Edition has already been sold at the price of USD1.2 million (RM5,330,400), and comes with a special “glacier blue” exterior paint finish and white stripes. Under the bonnet, it is powered by the same 7.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine that continues to deliver 1,451 hp and 1,745 Nm of torque.

Since its introduction, the Venom GT’s mill has undergone several revisions, with output levels increasing from the 1,000 hp mark, to the 1,244 hp, before resting at the current amount. The car continues to utilise a heavily-modified Lotus Exige chassis, with plenty of performance enhancements like carbon-fibre bodywork, more powerful brakes and advanced aero features.

In coupe form, the Venom GT managed to hit a top speed of 435.31 km/h on February 14, 2014 on the Shuttle Landing Runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 431 km/h) Meanwhile, the Venom GT Spyder reached 427.4 km/h at the United States Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California in March last year. However, certain technicalities meant these efforts were not recognised by the Guinness World Records organisation.

“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 and 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,” said HPE founder and CEO, John Hennessey.

The Venom GT replacement (pictured above) is claimed to have an output of over 1,400 hp and a top speed of over 470 km/h thanks to a heavily revised 7.0 litre twin-turbo V8. It will also feature a completely new exterior that is styled to offer even better aerodynamic efficiency than its predecessor.

GALLERY: 2015 Hennessey Venom GT