Official: Hennessey Venom GT supercar

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

This is the Hennessey Venom GT, set to run in public for the first time at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Venom GT is a supercar based on the Lotus Elise and is capable of delivering 262mph and 1000bhp.

We can see that not much of the original Lotus could still be observed on this model. There is an entirely new rear subframe assembly that's necessary to fit the V8 and six-speed gearbox into the small car.

A facility in Silverstone, England, finished the adjustments to the Elise chassis before Hennessey Performance in Texas did the rest of the changes. Powering the Venom GT is a twin-turbocharged version of the Corvette LS9 engine.

This car will be available in three tuning packages. The base model posted 725bhp and 741lb ft of torque. Hennessey develop twin-turbocharged motors -- one producing 1000bhp and 900lb ft of twist while the other has an output of 1200bhp and 1100lb ft.

These engines are mated to a six-speed Ricardo gearbox with a programmable traction control system.

Hennessey has yet to release information on how fast the car can get 60mph, but it claims that all variants can accelerate to this speed in "under three seconds." The company also claimed that these cars can go faster than 200mph.

To control the Venom GT is a set of 15-inch carbon rotors with six-piston calipers up front and 14-inch carbon rotors with four-pot calipers at the rear. Only 10 cars will be built each year. Hennessey reports that it has already sold four units. Each buyer gets a one-day course on driving the car.

Press Release

Hennessey Venom GT

Powering the Hennessey Venom GT is a 6.2L twin turbo V-8 engine producing an amazing 1,200 bhp and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. The Hennessey Venom GT is able to put all of it's power to the ground with the help of an adjustable traction control system. The Venom GT redefines supercar performance while being able to go from zero to 200 mph in under 16 seconds - nearly 8 seconds quicker than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

Inside, the Hennessey Venom GT merges high-tech materials with supple luxury. Machined metal meets carbon fiber - all surrounded by sumptuous leather - to produce an unforgettable cockpit.

Hold on tight to the sport steering wheel as the Hennessey Venom GT is capable off accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Combined with a super-light curb weight of under 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilos), the Venom GT offers an unmatched power-to-weight ratio.

F1 meets road car. To maximize the power-to-weight ratio, the Hennessey Venom GT utilizes some of the most hightech racing components available today. This includes the use of carbon fiber body panels and hybrid wheels constructed of both carbon fiber and forged-aluminum.

Massive Brembo 6-piston alloy brake calipers combine with lightweight carbon-ceramic rotors to give the Hennessey Venom GT world-class stopping power while simultaneously minimizing curb weight and rotational mass.

The Hennessey Venom GT has an active suspension system that adjusts ride height according to varying conditions. The system allows a range of adjustment up to 2.4 inches (6 cm), enabling the driver to raise the Venom GT in order to navigate items such as a driveway or a parking garage.

All components aboard the Hennessey Venom GT are built for purpose, not flash. Lightweight carbon fiber surrounds an alloy shifter that actuates a Ricardo 6-speed manual gearbox. An AP Racing multi-disc clutch transfers the engine's copious power while remaining easy to modulate.

With lateral acceleration well exceeding 1 g-Force, body support for occupants comes in the form of race-spec, deep-side bucket seats that are constructed of carbon fiber and covered in fine leather.

"The Venom GT simply expresses the supercar that I have always dreamed of building for myself. I wanted a nimble, lightweight, mid-engine chassis with a powerful American V-8 engine. Maximum power-to-weight ratio is critical for a performance vehicle, and it is the cornerstone to our car. Our dedicated staff of former Bonneville, Formula One and Le Mans race engineers have teamed to design the Venom GT — incorporating many of the best technologies and advanced materials available today. The goal? The best overall performing and best looking road-legal supercar that we could build." -- John Hennessey

Technical Specifications

0-60 mph: 2.5 s
0-200 mph: 15.9 s
Top Speed: 275 mph (443 km/h)
Horsepower: 1,200 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 1155 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Specific Output: 166 bhp / Liter
Bhp / weight: 767.23 hp per ton or 2.61 lbs / hp
Boost: 16 psi (1.1 bar)
Fuel: 93 octane
Type: V8
Block: Aluminum
Size: 376 CID (6.2 Liter)
Position: Mid Longitudinal
Compression: 8.8:1
Redline: 7,200 rpm
Forced Induction: Twin Precision Ball Bearing Turbochargers
Oiling System: Dry Sump Lubrication
Fuel System: Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection
Type: Ricardo 6-speed Manual
Gear Ratios: 2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1, 0.63:1
Final Drive: 3.36:1
Speed by Gear
I - 68 mph
II - 104 mph
III - 145 mph
IV - 190 mph
V - 232 mph
VI - 275 mph (7,200 rpm)
Calipers: Brembo 6-piston
Rotors: 15.0 x 1.34 in. Carbon Ceramic
Type: KW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover
Ride Height: Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm)
Length: 15.27 ft. (4,655 mm)
Width: 6.43 ft. (1,960 mm)
Wheelbase: 110.24 in. (2,800 mm)
Front: 63.46 in. (1,612 mm)
Rear: 63.15 in. (1,604 mm)
Material: Carbon fiber composite except doors & roof
Type: 2-door
Weight & Measurements
Curb Weight: 2,685 lbs (1,220 kg)
Dry Weight: 2,524 lbs (1,147 kg)
F/R Balance: 37% / 63% (empty); 44% / 56% (with driver & passenger)
Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal. (70 l)
Front: 255/30/20 - Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Rear: 345/30/20 - Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Front: 9.5 x 20 in.
Rear: 12.5 x 20 in.
Price: $950,000 USD
Options & Personalization
Right-Hand Drive: $28,225
Center Locking Hubs / Wheels: $37,500
Dry "Naked" Carbon Fiber Exterior: $375,000

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