A Tale of a Thousand Horsepower: Hennessey Venom GT
Holy mother of I Want One…
A “weapon of mass propulsion.”
An elite combination of British opulence and American muscle.
A machine that has been compared to the P-51 Mustang, the American-designed, British-powered fighter jet.
A car that has no real reason to exist other than the simple fact that it can.
Hennessey Performance has been customizing everything from the Ford Shelby GT500 to the Corvette ZR1 with incredible results. Now the company has unveiled its all-new supercar, the Hennessey Venom GT. The specs alone will make your heart race in anticipation:
The Venom GT’s base power plant is the supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 (the same as in the Corvette ZR1) tweaked by Hennessey to 725 bhp. The company will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. The mid-engine V8 will transmit its power to the rear tires via a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox.
Twelve hundred horsepower!? That’s even more impressive considering the Venom GT uses the Lotus Elise chassis and weighs less than 2,400 pounds. A programmable traction control system and an adjustable suspension will help put power to the ground. Stopping the beast will be the job of Brembo brakes: 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in back with 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors. Even the wheels are made from carbon fiber.
The bottom line of all this? The zero to 60 sprint takes 2.4 seconds. Two hundred miles per hour comes in 14.3 seconds. Its top speed is 272 miles per hour.
See? There’s no reason in the world this car should exist. But it does, and I want one.
The price of admission? It’s not as bad as you might think, considering the comparable Bugatti Veyron sells for a cool $2 million or so. The Venom GT will go for just $600K, but only 10 will be produced per year. Four are already reserved, so you’d better get out your checkbook!
Where will the craziness end? Does anyone really need 1,200 horsepower? No. But you know you want it!