• Dec 16, 2009
Hennessey Venom GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

After providing us an exclusive glimpse inside the Hennessey Performance workshop, the Texas-based tuner has let more details slip on the development of the Venom GT -- a Lotus Elise-based supercar packing Corvette ZR1 firepower.

Before the production version debuts at the Geneva Motor Show this March, Hennessey has released a few renderings, along with more shots from inside the shop and a basic spec sheet, including performance figures and few technical details. The rear-drive, two-seater should tip the scales at 2,395 pounds, with a twin-turbo V8 mounted amidships and dolling out 1,000 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 950 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. As reported previously, power will be sent through a six-speed manual gearbox with forward progressed scrubbed off by Brembo brakes sized 15 inches in front and 14 inches in the rear. And the performance stats are nothing short of unbelievable. 0-60 mph will be dispatched in 2.2 seconds. 0-100 mph in 4.9 seconds and the 200 mph mark will be had in 14.5 seconds before maxing out at a claimed 262 mph. Judging by the newly released pics, the Venom GT is nearly complete and we expect to see the production version before it's official unveiling in Switzerland.




[Source: Hennessey Performance]


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      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another car with ridiculous horsepower numbers that can only do one thing well and that is go fast in a strait line. Way to eff up an Elise
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like wow.... so orginal. I'll start saving my pennies now for this...... um yeah scarsm if you didnt figure that out yet. One thing to use the chasis but another to just stretch out the Lotus car and call it a day. I expect this from some small shop doing a custom one off for a customer but to reveal it as a new supercar is stupid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...it comes with a spare set of Mickey Thompson drag slicks
      • 5 Years Ago
      A similiar a car was built by Lotus Sports in 2005 for their Malaysian parents Proton to run in endurance races.

      Stretched and widen, The Exige 300 RR, as it was called, used the std Elise/Exige tub and added different fr & rear subframe to allow it to use a 3 litre GM V6 engine, pumping 400horsepower

      I was one of the crew in Proton R3 when it won the 2005 and 2006 MME 12 Hour enduro

      http://photocars.blogspot.com/2006/08/exige-300rr-mme-champion-car.html

      http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f163/r3-lotus-exige-300rr-59658/

      Hennesy is not makin anything new, just changing the engine set up
        • 5 Years Ago
        holy crap: great find. How have I never heard of this????


        THIS is whats wrong with Auto racing. With no consistent series, incredible cars like this one fall through the cracks....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care about the whole Hennessey thing but I could not resist,

      " I guess the weekly check to Autoblog from Hennessey cleared" lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      is the wheel just sitting on that side or is it really right-hand-drive?
      • 5 Years Ago
      pathetic...A Exige whit another engine
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an original design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hahaha stole the words right outta my mouth!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Do your research on this shady operator before buying into whatever they're trying to sell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @RamblinReck89: karma? consequences?
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's always at least one "The guy's a crook because I read someone else whine about him on an internet forum" poster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry for appending to the reply, but in case anyone wants to defend this company, here is the best quote from the link because this is important:

        "Then [C&D] went to Dun & Bradstreet, the financial research firm, where for $117 I purchased a comprehensive report on Hennessey Motorsports...the Hennessey report revealed that courts have four times ruled against the company and that there are 10 lawsuits currently in various stages and three liens.

        The D&B report also provided a "Financial Stress National Percentile" rating, measured on a 1-to-100 scale, with 100 being the best possible score. Hennessey's company had a rating of one. ([Lingenfelter] had a 79.)"

        The poorest possible credit rating. 1 out of 100. 4 lawsuits lost and 10 in progress, with 3 liens filed. Of course that was 2002, so I guess everything's OK now huh...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the guy is an ass because of what I have seen him write to other people. As in his words. As in the guy has dug his own hole. If you don't believe me then please check it out yourself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you obligatory "Hennessey is evil so none of his ideas can be cool" poster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Glock, and then there's the people who bother to know what they are talking about versus just talking out of their lower orifice.

        http://www.caranddriver.com/features/02q3/supercars_can_bite_as_hard_as_they_can_run-column

        I'd suppose that C&D is a fly by night intertubes place for you too.

        Granted most of the incidents happened a few years back but the guy never owned up to his 'deliberate mistakes' and tries to sweep things under the rug with new shinies that will only make the rubes forget.

        If anyone ever works hard enough to get an awesome toy like a Viper or Elise and they want to upgrade it, would they be foolish enough to hand over their car and money to someone with a checkered past, or would they give their money to someone else who has had integrity the whole time?

        Work with Heffner or Lingenfelter, they have no skeletons in their closet and you risk less by going with them (or anyone else).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if Hennessy's shadier than a deal with Fat Tony, the car itself's really cool, like a spiritual successor to the Elise GT1 of 11-12 years past. Those performance figures are really, really optimistic though, 0-60 in 2.2s? Hopefully the power won't be too much for the stretched elise's chassis to handle...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a huge Lotus Elise...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it is a Lotus Elise base car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wouldn't they get some beef from Lotus for ripping off the style of the Elise/Exige?
        • 5 Years Ago
        because it is. i wonder if anyone will actually receive one in their hands if they preorder it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it IS a lotus just has a ZR1 engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good God, I know they are buying the chassis off lotus, but they could have at least tried to make it look like something other than a stretched Elise. Christ.

        Specs sound nice though. Wonder if it will still handle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ever read the articles?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Exige with Le Mons style bodykit and longer engine bay for a huge engine, if there still is the Lotus handling, i will sooooooo buy 1, too bad ill have to sell my house,..... my car....... my kidneys.......................... everything i ever owned to get it
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, adding a 1000hp V8, with 2 turbos and all the plumbing that is required for that, along with a stretched wheelbase, huge tires and brakes and a trans capable of withstanding that power is only going to add 400 lbs? Looks like a hyd rear wing also.

      Some goofball did a complete carbon elise and only saved 80 lbs. http://jalopnik.com/5131424/all+carbon-fiber-lotus-elise-poses-interesting-question

      It isn't easy to lose weight on a Elise.

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