• Sep 1, 2009

Hennessey Venom GT CFD renderings - Click above for high-res image gallery

At the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Monterey, CA we happened to run into a Mr. John Hennessey admiring the same Lamborghini LP670-4 SV we were drooling over. With the Venom GT set to debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we asked how the project was going. He promptly produced an iPhone and gave us a sneak preview of dozens of CFD (computational fluid dynamics) renderings. At the time, we had no way to show you the photos, but John was kind enough to send a few our way.

As you can see by the renderings, the Venom GT features an adjustable rear wing that also acts as an air brake. We were informed that the Venom GT should be capable of 1.5 negative g's under braking, and that with the carbon ceramic brakes it will be able to stop from 200 mph in seven seconds flat.

We also learned the Venom GT is actually based on a stretched Lotus Exige chassis, making sense of the visual similarities between the two cars. Hennessey told us that he wanted to keep the car as light as possible, and the Exige was the best platform available to help him achieve that goal. The switch from the Viper V10 to the LS9 V8 was done for the same reason, and John liked the idea of an American V8 in an English car -- the same formula that was so successful for Carroll Shelby back in the 1960s. Expect more details to be revealed in the run-up to the Venom's Geneva unveiling, but until then, check out the high-res gallery of CFD renderings below.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      The whole car looks like a bigger Lotus, the front and tail are exact copies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes.

      It makes it easier that way, and it saves him money (who really wants to pay to develop "Your" supercar?)!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That angle of attack is ridiculous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        air brake.
        200-0 in 7 seconds, averaging 1.3g braking is something (unless it has something like Michelin Pilot Cup tires)
      • 5 Years Ago
      So you pay him lots of money and all you get is a PICTURE of the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "drawings"?

      Really? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        coming from Hennessey, I woudn't be surprised if the air that's flowing around the car from these "renderings" were actually drawings...

        I mean, real drawings... made from MS Paint...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Likely because people got smarter and stopped getting him cars to "modify", haha. So he had to resort to drawings and renderings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know what else will be light? The pockets of the buyers pants after spending a lot of dollar on something they will hardly see. He'll be "busy modifying" it to their tastes or whatever the f*** he does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I like the Chevy V8's I think Lotus should really stick it to Hennessey and make their own!

      Lotus has the Partnership with Toyota right? So why not take the Tundra Engine and put the TRD Supercharger on that thing.

      Base Model:
      380hp / 401 Torque as a stock motor.

      Then Supercharged model:
      504hp / 550 Torqu.

      Lotus could make their own supercar. (I think the Chevy V8's are much smaller and lighter..but I still love the thought of Lotus making their own).

      I can't believe how content Lotus is with letting everyone take their platforms. It doesn't take a genius to know that once they all take the Lotus platform for the 1st generation of their car (Dodge EV, Tesla, This Hennessey) then they are just going to make some tweaks to it and call it their own for generation 2.

      If Lotus wants to be in the business of selling platforms, then they should make a 4 door platform because that would sell in the masses. Imagine a 400lb lighter and tighter 300c. Also could be adapted for a Malibu, Accord, Camry, Avalon etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      People who dislike Hennessey are just as free to post negative comments about Hennessey as people who like Hennessey.

      How else is negative and positive feedback about companies supposed to spread around?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.. um.. another Lotus looking "Super Car". So after hearing and then reading up on Hennessey AB should seriously just stop posting stuff about him. All it is, is free press which he doesnt deserve. That and again its just a stretched Lotus.. um wow! Show me a original design on a original chassis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Law suit from Lotus in 1... 2... 3...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't Lotus already make this car? Right down to the the Chevy V8? It's called the Lotus GT-1.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Elise_GT1
        • 5 Years Ago
        I had not seen that before, wow. The similarities get even closer than they already are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, if its a steroidal Exige, does that mean that the LS9 will be transversely mounted?
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