• Jun 3rd 2010 at 12:32PM
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Hennessey Venom GT – Click above to watch video after the jump

By now we should all know that Hennessey isn't the kind of vaporware tuner that throws out a rendering, some wild projected power numbers and then drops off the face of the planet, but that didn't stop us from being skeptical when the Texas-based tuner/builder rolled out plans for its Venom GT. Originally, the car was supposed to get its power from a beefy V10 borrowed from the nose of a Dodge Viper, complete with a 1,000-horsepower tune in a 2,700-lb chassis. The final product, however, swapped the 10-pot for the supercharged V8 found in the mighty Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Despite dropping two cylinders, horsepower estimates stayed the same.

Now Hennessey has rolled out a video of its creation on the dyno. How does a streetable 933 horsepower at the rear wheels sound? How about 874 lb-ft of torque at the tires? It sounds mighty tasty to us, especially considering that those numbers come courtesy of regular 93 octane pump gas (no race fuel here, kiddies) and, again, are at the wheel. Ditch the drivetrain loss and power at the crank will easily crest 1,000 ponies. Go ahead and hit the jump to see the monster pull for yourself.

[Source: Hennessey]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      you're gay... too much is never enough... one day people will laugh at 1200 hp. it's the nature of things. you were that guy 100 years ago that said... "17hp... who needs that... my horse handles great... what a waste"... who gives a flyin' f whether you can use all of that power all the time... if for ONE second someone in the world could use the power... then it's worth it. the most exhilarating moments in life are fleeting and fast... i'm sorry you'll never experience that. i think you should get on the top-fuel forums and tell those guys "7000hp is just too much... you'll never get that power to the ground..." you, son, are completely missing the point... sorry the venom gt doesn't come in women's power for you... you can always remove 4 of the plug wires on the 700hp version and then be happy. you're absurd... . geesh.
      Joe C.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I get so sick of people clicking on these posts that have Hennessey's name on it and they whine about how he's a no good crook that steals money and parts. I understand that you folks like to complain about anything you can but for simplicities sake, DON"T CLICK THE LINK!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget he stole styling from lotus as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Um nobody stole anything. If you watch past videos, Hennessey even gives credit to Lotus for the design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, complaining about the front clip design is a lot different than claiming that he stole the design from Lotus.

        That said, I think it looks fine and not dated at all really. The whole look really comes together well in my eyes. Even if it's just a modified Elise(Exige) underneath.

        Think of this more along the lines of a Callaway C16 rather than a completely new vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As much as Tesla did I suppose.

        It's not like Hennessey went off to create their own supercar and stumbled upon this as the design and then said, "Well, you know, it kind of does look like an Elise.".

        It was designed off the Elise chassis from the get-go. The chassis is even modified in England prior to being sent to TX for its heart transplant.

        I'm no Hennessy apologist, but that's stretching it a bit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn that's a lot of torque! The only cars I can think of with more torque are the Hennessey Vipers, the Veyron, and the Ultimate Aero TT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Streetable" being a subjective term of course.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's right.
        Ever build the ultimate Elise in Forza? You can get it to like 2000 lbs with 500HP.
        The second you mash the pedal, the car twists to the left or right.
        Too much gas halfway through a turn and you spin out.

        This is a lot worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So besides spinning your tires while trying to gain traction, what can this car actually do??

      Absurd horsepower is absurd.

      My off-the-wall guess is that a car with about 1/2 that power, but similar weight, can throw down numbers about equal to whatever this car can do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're not very educated on motorsports history, are you?

        There's been numerous race cars in the history of IMSA that have had anywhere from 900hp to 1200hp. Formula 1 used to run cars with tiny 1.5L engines pumping out 1,000hp. Hell, they're currently running 800-850hp.

        But enough about race cars, let's talk about production...

        SSC Ultimate Aero TT (1200+hp) - fastest recorded speed in a slalom by a production car
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you are comparing RACEcars to sportscars?!?
        Well hell, why stop there? How much HP does a Jet have? Or the Space Shuttle?

        Yeah, I am fully aware that 1000 HP is not some brand new magical number that has only recently been broken - but purpose-built racecars with slicks and aerodynamic aids for downforce though have little to do with even the best sportscars that have to make compromises for driveability and street-use.

        Lotus themselves announced a bump in power to their cars - I think something in the neighborhood of 500 HP. I'd put that car against this 1000HP bastardized Lotus body.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a boring dyno video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares if it has 1000 hp. In a 2700 pound car, you'll never get close to the full effect of all 1000 hp working for you aside from doing wheel stands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Say what you want to say about Hennessey, I am just really looking forward to the performance of this car on track.

      Hennessey did the unethical repeatedly. But I am still interested in the final result (on track) real world.

      Not saying I am taking his side, And If I had the money I will never buy from him, obviously. Just interested in the engineering level attained in this project.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well put.

        The guy is clearly slimy, but this is also a very interesting vehicle.

        We will see...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, is it 2,395 pounds (December 2009)?


      ...2,400 pounds (March 2010)?



      ...or the 2,700 pounds identified in this article (June 2010)?

      Regardless, 2,700 pounds is still very impressive, but can we get an explanation or clarification as to why the model gained 300 pounds in the last 5 1/2 months? Or should we just chalk it up to Johnny H. being overly optimistic with his "rendered" specifications?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I was under the impression that they did not get this power from the LS9 but from a twin turbo V8. you can hear the turbos whistling in the video. below is the black car with the LS9 making 633 at the wheels.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Comment based on: "The final product, however, swapped the 10-pot for the supercharged V8 found in the mighty Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Despite dropping two cylinders, horsepower estimates stayed the same."

        anyone know what this TT base V8 is?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just because it has a different type of forced induction, doesn't mean it's not the same engine. There's numerous twin turbo Ford GTs out there, does that mean they're powered by a different engine than from the factory? No, it's still the aluminum 5.4L, just different forced induction.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought they took an LS9, minus the supercharger and bolted turbos to it. The LS9 is based on the base Vette engine though, so I guess you could say it's based on the base Vette engine(LS3), but the LS9 is different enough to warrant a name change.

        My suspicion is confirmed here:

        quote - "The "base" 725-horsepower version churns out 741 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm, runs on 91-octane and is the same mill fitted to Hennessey's HPE700 Camaro. Two twin-turbocharged variants are in the works, one running on 93-octane and putting out 1,000 hp and 900 lb-ft of twist, with another 109-octane-tuned version outputting 1,200 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque for customers with an overblown bank account and a undeveloped sense of self-preservation." -
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly, and LS9 is NOT an LS3. They have different blocks, rods, pistons, head gaskets, etc. Right now the top LS9 is a little over 1000rwhp, while one or two ZR-1s have had internal engine changes that make them not a true LS9 any longer but have been over 1100rwhp.

        Hennessey is still a crook that pays Autoblog to swing from his nuts daily.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Useless overkill................next!!!
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