Hennessey Venom GT shows up in a red toxedo

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 25, 2011

A full set of images has been released of the rare supercar – the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT. Only 10 examples are produced each year of this supercar. These images show off the bright red chassis number 03 wonderfully. The Venom GT is based loosely on the Lotus Elise and combines the lightweight British-built chassis with a potent American V8 engine. In fact, it is regarded as a modern-day Shelby Cobra as it has a mix of British chassis engineering and American power.

Hennessey stuck to the Lotus philosophy of “performance through light weight” and made sure that all of Venom GT’s bodywork is composed of carbon-fiber. A Corvette ZR1 engine that can deliver up to 725hp powers this vehicle. Hennessey offers a twin-turbocharged version that can generate more than 1,200hp.

It’s claimed that with this much power, the car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 267 mph. Its other features include a Ricardo six-speed sequential gearbox driving the rear wheels, Brembo brakes with 15 inch carbon-ceramic rotors, a programmable traction control system and active aerodynamics and suspension systems. The car has been fitted with massive Michelin PS2 tires.

Everything inside the Hennessey Venom GT was created with a specific function in mind. Its alloy shifter for example, the one that triggers the 6-speed Ricardo manual gearbox, is surrounded by a lightweight carbon fiber.

Meanwhile, the abundant power supplied by the engine is channeled by a multi-disc AP Racing clutch which itself is simple to regulate. The deep-side and race-spec bucket seats are composed of carbon fiber while being wrapped under fine leather.

These seats not only provide comfort but also offer the needed body support for the driver and passengers in situations when the lateral acceleration goes above 1 G-Force. According to John Hennessey, the main objective had always been to create a road-legal supercar that was the best looking as well as being the best in terms of overall performance.

For him, the Venom GT is the best expression of the supercar that he had long dreamed of making for himself. Hennessey added that he wanted a car that had a lightweight, nimble and mid-engine chassis on top of which is a powerful V-8 engine.

A significant aspect when it comes to performance of this vehicle is that its power-to-weight ratio must be maximized. Hennessey continued that since the team that designed the Venom GT was composed of former race engineers that had worked on Bonneville, Le Mans, and even Formula One, the new car had a number of the most modern technologies and the most advanced materials.

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