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1000 BHP + 2700 lb Mid-Engine Chassis = New Benchmark of Sports Car Performance

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 20, 2007) - Hennessey Performance Engineering today announced that it is introducing the company's first concept car - The Venom GT.

Using the Lotus Exige S chassis as its platform, the Venom GT would incorporate Hennessey's potent Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Viper V10 powerplant into a light weight mid-engine chassis weighing "under 2,700 lbs". Power would be run through a 6-speed transmission or optional sequential gearbox.

With a power to weight ratio of just 2.7 lbs per bhp Hennessey estimates that the Venom GT could attain 0 to 100 km/h times in less than 2.5 seconds and a 0-300 km/h time of around 14 seconds. Company founder, John Hennessey, is careful to point out that the Venom GT is not being built as a 'Veyron Slayer'. Hennessey point out, saying, 'The Veyron is an ultra fast and ultra luxurious grand touring car which also happens to be quicker and faster than any other road car, except for our Venom 1000 Twin Turbo SRT which beat the Veyron earlier this year from 0-200 mph. The Venom GT will be a much more engaging sports car to drive by challenging the driver with 1000+ HP in a chassis that is nearly 1500 lbs lighter than the Veyron.'

Hennessey said, 'The company already has existing Venom 1000 Twin Turbo clients interested in ordering the lighter, mid-engined Venom GT. "Right now are taking a serious look at building 2 concept cars that could be shown to the public sometime in 2009. If there is enough demand we may consider doing a very limited production run of the Venom GT.'

If the Venom GT goes into production, it would be built at the company's facility at Lonestar Motorsports Park which is located just west of Houston, Texas.

Proposed Specifications:

Vehicle Type:
Mid-engine, rear-drive; 2-door, 2-passenger

Curb Weight: Less than 2,700 lbs
cd: 0.39 (with VenomAero rear wing up)

front - 14 inch carbon rotors with 6-piston calipers; rear - 14 inch carbon rotors with 4-piston calipers

Viper V10 (8.5 litre)
Hennessey Venom 1000 Twin Turbo System

1000 bhp @ 5,200 rpm
1100 lb-ft torque @ 4,200 rpm

Estimated Performance:
0-60 mph: 2.4 sec.
0-100 mph: 5.3 sec.
0-150 mph: 8.9 sec.
0-200 mph: 15.7 sec.
Top Speed: 260 mph (421 km/h)

6-speed Manual

Optional Equipment:
1200 bhp Engine Upgrade (must use 98 octane fuel)
Sequential 6-speed Transmission
Automatic Transmission
Custom Interior
Matching Luggage
Right Hand Drive
Driving Instruction
Air Freight Shipping

Hennessey Performance Engineering - Item Detail Page


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Lookin more like a lotus now, not really digging it. Theres a bunch of videos of 1200hp vipers on youtube, should go watch them its crazy. Always wanted one :biggrin:

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Lookin more like a lotus now, not really digging it. Theres a bunch of videos of 1200hp vipers on youtube, should go watch them its crazy. Always wanted one :biggrin:
That is because it is based on a Lotus Exige chassis. Do the math: Lotus chassis + 1000 hp crazy V10 motor = otherworldly performance.
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