The American auto-tuner, Hennessey Performance Engineering introduced its first ever car in 2011 labeled as Hennessey Venom GT, which is based on the Lotus Exige. This is a limited production two-door sports coupe that was first unveiled in 2010. As of August 2014, the company sold only 16 units of Hennessey Venom GT. Let’s dive deep and find out what this supercar entails:
Powertrain and Performance
The Hennessey Venom GT is run by a 7.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 engine producing maximum 1200 horsepower and 1566 Nm torque. However, the power output is variable and can be adjusted to three different settings i.e. 800, 1000 and 1200 horsepower. The engine is paired with the Ricardo six-speed manual transmission that transfers the engine power to rear wheels only.
The Venom GT has some amazing performance dynamics. It holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest production car with 0-300km/h acceleration in just 13.63 seconds. It has also set record of 0-200km/h in 17.68 seconds, which is still unofficial. Earlier this year, the supercar recorded a top speed of 435km/h that simply outweighs 407km/h of Bugatti Veyron. However, it has not yet been named as the world’s fastest production car due to single-direction sprint and small number of units sold.
Exterior and Interior Design
The Hennessey Venom GT is mainly based on the Lotus Exige chassis. Some of the components it shares with Lotus Exige include doors, roof, headlamps and windscreen. However, the tuner modified the chassis with more refined aerodynamics and carbon fiber implications. Moreover, it is a bit longer and wider in dimensions than the Exige. Just like its bodywork, the interior of the Hennessey Venom GT is also similar to that of the Lotus Exige. Then there are some optional upgrades that further enhance the appearance of Venom GT; these include Stefano Ricci bespoke interior, Michelin pilot sport cup ZP tires, Steven Tyler’s designed stereo system and bare carbon fiber finish.
From the last couple of years, the Hennessey Venom GT is closely competing with Bugatti Veyron to gain the title of world’s fastest production car. However, Bugatti has managed to retain the trophy so far. In the meantime, Hennessey Performance is working hard on Venom GT and trying to further improve its dynamics. In this regard, the American tuner has introduced several variants of the supercar including Venom GT Spyder convertible, Venom GT ‘World’s Fastest Edition’ and Venom F5. As Venom GT is produced in very limited numbers, it comes at a great cost. The one with 750 horsepower engine output is priced at $600,000, while that with 1200 horsepower costs over $1 million.