• Aug 15, 2011
Hennessey has announced that it will show off its Venom GT on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at
the McCall's Motorworks Revival during the Pebble Beach weekend, which will take place at the Monterey Jet Center. Of course, we've seen various images of the car along with a few videos thrown in for good measure, but the Texas-based company says this is the car's first official unveiling in the U.S. after making an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

In any case, who are we to shun an invitation to gaze upon the glorious Venom GT? With 1,200 horsepower, a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed estimated at 267 miles per hour, this is one supercar that we're more than happy to drool over. See the first car delivered to a customer in our attached high-res image gallery, and click past the break for a brief press release.
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Hennessey Venom GT to Make Monterey Debut at McCall's Motorworks Revival

August 15, 2011

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA – Hennessey Performance (HPE) will unveil the company's
1,200 HP, ultra-lightweight Venom GT supercar on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at
the McCall's Motorworks Revival. Held each year at the Monterey Jet Center, Gordon
McCall's party kicks-off the Monterey / Pebble Beach weekend.

Fresh from its European debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Hennessey
Venom GT will be making its first appearance at Monterey. "We are very excited to
have the opportunity to show the Venom GT to our friends and fellow enthusiasts at
what has become one of the biggest and best car enthusiast events in the world,"
says CEO, Don Goldman. "Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival combines serious car
enthusiasts, world-class cars and aircraft, all in one fantastic party."

The bright "bug-killer" yellow Venom GT will also be on display at the RM Auction at
the Portolla Plaza hotel in downtown Monterey from Thursday, August 18 through
Saturday, August 20.

Hennessey builds just five Venom GTs per year, making it one of the most
exclusive supercars currently built. Available in both left-hand and right-hand drive
configurations, the Venom GT costs $950,000 US Dollars, plus optional upgrades
and shipping. Each vehicle is hand-built over a period of six months by a small team
of craftsmen at the company's facilities in Sealy, Texas, Lake Forest, California and
Silverstone, England.

"Twelve hundred horsepower combined with in a mid-engine chassis that weighs
twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs) - no other road car and only a handful of race cars
can match the power to weight ratio of the Venom GT," added HPE president and
founder, John Hennessey. "It is a driver's car, a supercar with a soul that will give
you as much speed and performance as you dare ask of it".

For more information please visit www.VenomGT.com

About Hennessey Performance

Hennessey Performance (HPE) has been making fast cars go faster since 1991. It
operates a 30,000 square foot workshop and showroom facility situated on 143
acres near Sealy, Texas (about 45 minutes west of Houston). The company also
operates a showroom and installation facility located in Lake Forest, California. HPE
offers a wide variety of dyno proven, track tested parts and upgrades for a variety
of modern performance vehicles. Hennessey Performance is also the only tuner in
North America that operates its own test track – Lonestar Motorsports Park.


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      TerryP
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not knocking Hennessey for what it is they did built here or have done with upgrading other cars, but $1M for a stretched Lotus with a monster engine? It cliche to read, but that's what it is. If I had a budget for a $1M, it would not look anything like something someone could pre-owned for $30k. If tons of power and a sexy body is what I want I'd be more interested in an LP570 or Ford GT take it to Underground Racing, put two turbos on it and call it a day.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      So is it supposed to look like a stretched Lotus?
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        It is based off an extended Lotus Exige body.
        Shogmaster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        It is based on the Exige, sharing doors, windows, headlights etc. It is exactly a stretched Exige.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        [blocked]
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        Since it's based off a Lotus Elise, yes.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          NOT based on the Lotus Elise...
        Matthew Artelt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        Well, yes, considering that's exactly what it is. From the Venom GT's website: "One day I joked about putting the Venom 1000 Twin Turbo engine in the back of a Lotus Exige. Then I thought, let’s do a sketch and see what that might look like." And the story continues until now...
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Matthew Artelt
          sketched? more like used tracing paper.
      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      How's this the official US debut when this exact car in the same color was shown at Cars and Coffee Irvine a few weeks ago?
        theworldofluxury
        • 3 Years Ago
        @third3ye82
        Yeah! And also at Hennessey's Southern California office Open House a few hours later!
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @third3ye82
        Not to mention that some clients already received their cars. Second delivered car is in Bulgaria and was delivered a month ago.
      TheDarkKnight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although I think this car looks very cool and has very impressive performance numbers. I do find it hard to believe that there is a market for an extended wheelbase lotus Elise with Ferrari Enzo tail lights! who do they plan on selling this yellow one too? This is the only one that they are making before this project is canceled for lack of sales correct?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TheDarkKnight
        Uh all cars are said for...
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TheDarkKnight
        Actually the lights are from Lotus Elise/Exige too.
      JHOFF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id still buy a Veyron.
        wem1000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JHOFF
        Two really different cars. Both are insane fast no doubt , but I'd be willing to guess the Veyron feels very stable at speed whereas the Venom would just be downright scary. I'd take one of each!
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wem1000
          Yeah, this car does not look as aerodynamically sound as the Veyron.
      dezoris00
      • 3 Years Ago
      The quality must be amazing considering they cracked the numbered plate (Chassis #4) in the corner when they screwed it in. Maybe pre drill the holes first, it may help.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see this race against a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport to see with is the world's fastest car!
      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two Hennessy plugs in one week. Better make sure the check clears before you run the next one, AB.
      mo2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog stop posting hennessey news. You are not getting any more hits because of it... In fact the world should not give any hits to this a hole.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mo2
        Not getting hits? Do you NOT see how many comments there are?
      Autoblogger
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm with you "Autoblogist" (minus the language)...I know John personally and have spent a good bit of time with him and his family. Some of you need to meet the man and understand who he is before you make personal attacks against him and bash his business because of what someone else on the internet has said. The products HPE cranks out are second to none. On top of that, Venom GT haters need to let go of the idea that it's nothing but a modified Lotus. The concept started with a Lotus...so little of this car is even CLOSE to being a Lotus that it's laughable to even compare them. To each his own though...I stand behind HPE and what they are doing. Their product is better than any other tuners out there or they wouldn't have the business they have right now. Keep up the good work, John.
        Sugaki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogger
        Problem is, it's *far more* than simple internet hearsay. It's BBB ratings, it's lawsuits on record. It's not just a random forum post about how Henessey was being a meanie, it's about attorneys getting involved for $150,000+ being swindled.
        Johnny-wat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogger
        "What someone else on the internet has said" is what we call reviews. In the old days, it would've been called "reputation". Obviously the man has done something to piss off a lot of customers. You know what happens to any business that pisses off customers? They lose customers. Deservedly so.
          Autoblogger
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Johnny-wat
          I get that...reputation and reviews. 99.9% of it is still here say. People read something and run with it. I would love to know exactly what John Hennessey himself personally did to make so many people (who couldn't afford his product if they wanted to...and neither could I for that matter) have such a personal hatred towards HIM. Quit hiding behind your computer screen and ripping someone down who #1 has never done anything to you, and #2 you don't even know. Instead, take a second to go to HPE and see the integrity that the business is run with and the quality that is being cranked out. Simple solution...once you've made an attempt to see for yourself what it's all about and you still aren't satisfied, then blog away.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 3 Years Ago
      But does it handle like an American car or like a supercar should?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        There's many American sports cars on par with European sports cars, sometimes even faster around the corners than European sports cars.
        Autoblogger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        People that have driven it say it handles unbelievably...
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        It probably handles like a car with SLA suspension....like most cars with SLA suspension...pretty sure that suspension setup doesn't care where it was designed....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        A lot of American cars handle on par with European cars. Sometimes better.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Re-badged car. Hennessey can't build anything worthy. Check it out yourselves: http://www.delta-motorsport.com/project08.htm
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