Production of the Venom GT began back in 2010 and in seven years, Hennessey has built, er, just 13 (that’s including the X1 prototype; six were Coupés and the other six were Spyders…) and now, the run has come to an end. That’s sad news as the Venom GT was one heck of a record breaker; in 2013 the hardtop set a Guinness World Record for the fastest accelerating two-seat sportscar as it went from 0-300kph in 13.61 seconds. Then, in 2014, it hit 434kph at the Kennedy Space Centre making it the fastest street-legal production car in the world, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s record of 431kph by 3kph. Suffice to say we are sad to see this one go but, John Hennessey, owner of the Texas based company, isn’t letting the outrageously fast model slip away quietly. Oh no. A ‘Final Edition’ has been built, and it has 1,451bhp and 1,745Nm of torque…

Already snapped up by an undisclosed recipient for $1.2million (Dh4.4million), the Final Edition (based on a Spyder body style) is finished in Glacier blue paint with fetching white stripes and features the nutty 7.0-litre V8 sourced from GM linked to a Ricardo six-speed manual gearbox with around 25psi of boost for good measure to produce the eye-widening output figure. The ‘regular’ model isn’t slow either; it makes 1,244bhp - the Spyder has a top speed of 427kph, the Coupé 434kph. John says, “We’ve attained some pretty incredible achievements with the Venom GT. It was always my dream to build the fastest car and we did just that.” The Final Edition can hit 100kph from rest in just 2.4 seconds and has a top speed of over 450kph.

This is the end of the Venom GT but don’t feel too sad; Hennessey is working on the Venom F5 which should be with us later this year – and John’s promising that it will be more powerful than the Bugatti Chiron…