Speed is, for so many of us, more than an obsession, even more than an addiction, and for a select few, like the tuners at 9ff, it's a way of life. That's what led them to build the Porsche 911 Turbo-based GT9R in the first place, topping 250 mph top speed. But now they're working on a convertible version.

What could have possessed them to do such a thing? Well, the roots of the car apparently lie in the United Arab Emirates, a conglomerate of countries whose car enthusiasts are known for doing things simply because they can.

The car, previewed in the artists' rendering above, sticks fairly close to the standard GT9R's design, but takes the obvious step of opening the top to the sky. At more than 250 mph, the sky is going to be doing its best to cram itself into the cabin barring some serious aerodynamic work, so don't expect the surgical roof removal to come cheap.

Power will come from the same 1,120-horsepower stroked 4.0-liter flat six as the GT9R, capable of rocketing the car to 60 mph in under 2.8 seconds and onward to its 257 mph top speed.

Of course, with only three examples planned and the target market being one of the wealthiest regions in the world, 9ff will probably have no trouble selling them. No word of expanded production or availability outside the UAE has yet surfaced.

[Piston Heads]