• Mar 26th 2010 at 3:00PM
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Hennessey Venom GT spied in public – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The insane Hennessey Venom GT won't be revealed publicly until this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed (but come back this Monday at midnight for the full scoop), however, the crew at PistonHeads have recently caught the car out in the open. We're definitely swooning over this one, what with its Lotus Elise-based body, Porsche Carrera GT proportions and Corvette ZR1-sourced powerplant.

We don't have the official details just yet, but we're told that this supercar stunner will produce around 1,000 horsepower. And when you consider that the whole car only weighs about 2,400 pounds, we're expecting some pretty impressive performance numbers. Hit the jump to see a video of the Venom GT in the flesh.

[Source: PistonHeads]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "His cars mostly known for power and straightline speed. As far as the platform goes, umm that's what Lotus built it for"

      Um, what? Definitely not true (the second part)

      Did I read this wrong?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone else get that his point wasn't to make a completely original supercar?

      Since the first sketch was drawn, Hennessey made it clear that it would be based on the Elise platform and be propelled by a production engine (previously, the Viper's V10 was the intended culprit). And why? Because the car is simply a flat out frivolous exercise in extreme power-to-weight proportion.

      90% of readers appear to be commenting on this like detectives who've "figured John out". Congratulations - you've all uncovered something that literate people have known for months, even years, since the press clippings first started dripping out about this car.

      Regardless, my heart is with the Mexico Blue GT3 in the background of the vid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the real story about how the Venom was created. Little Mr.Lotus Elise, saw Miss.ZR1, i think its actually Miss.Z06 (she's ZR1 twin sister). Anyways the two,Mr.Lotus Elise and Miss.Vette Z06/ZR1, DnA was kinda mixed together by some evil Doctor (a kinda lazy one,just kidding). And baby ZR1 Elise was created,his going to be a savage. Note 1000bhp on a car that little is Crazy. As Venom ZR1 Elise is his name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the design but 1000hp in a light body is pure sex
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just want to see it on the track. The power to weight ratio is ridiculous, so it has serious potential, but whether or not they can get it onto the asphalt, is the big question.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What awkward positioning of the exhaust..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hackjob, looks revolting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOVE IT

      Those Dymag carbon wheels look great along with the stretched and wide body looking Lotus sourced design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like it just got finished tearing the shiot out of some roads?

      Not an original design but everyone new this already and its based on a cool design and it looks like they did a decent job with it.

      Performance numbers should be close to insane
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice how the rear end, where the exhaust goes out..looks home shopped? I know it is all purpose built, but it doesn't look great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ....and I jizzed in my pants....

      I really kind of hoped that the new McLaren would look a little something more like this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "He basically copied the lotus elise body, then stretched it out a bit, and he is using a Corvette engine, and that is his supercar?"

        You still need to think about where our dear friend John gets his parts... say, on the line of 'another customer'.
        • 5 Years Ago

        True, but just because something is largely progressive/derivative doesn't mean it's not a substantial improvement on the original.

        Best parts of a Corvette: the engine, the handling, and the price.

        Best parts of an Elise: the light weight, the handling, and the price.

        Combine the two, and it's pretty amazing - a 1:2.4 power-to-weight ratio? Possibly even 1:2, if Wikipedia is to be believed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennessey_Venom_GT. Pretty much the only street-legal car that matches that is the Caparo T1, and even this looks far more practical than that. I assume the low price will be thrown out the window, but I'd bet it will still come in well below a Caparo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't get it, None of this is original.

        He basically copied the lotus elise body, then stretched it out a bit, and he is using a Corvette engine, and that is his supercar?

        its a mix mash copy of two other cars.

        • 5 Years Ago
        People, screw "originality." It's an actual Lotus chassis, modified to accept a ZR1 plant. There's nothing "copied" about it. They aren't suggesting this isn't the car they started with. It's just plainly bad-ass.

        The bottom line is that it's yet another amazing example of the flexibility Lotus' bonded/extruded chassis design. There seems to be nothing that thing can't be adapted to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont blame them for using the Lotus Elise/Exige chassis and such to build the basis of this car, but I would have hoped they would have done a more unique front and rear design...car still looks amazing though.
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