The crew at Hennessey has finally gotten around to showing the world just how quick the Venom GT really is by pulling off a 0-230 mph sprint on runway. The best run took a scant 19.96 seconds to stick the speedometer at 228 mph.

That's the kind of speed that will peal your eyelids back if you aren't careful. Of course, it takes some pretty lofty power figures to generate that kind of velocity. The Venom GT benefits from a General Motors LS9 V8 engine pulled from the wicked Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

After some healthy tweaking, including abandoning the factory supercharger for twin ball bearing turbochargers, the 7.0-liter V8 spits up to 1,244 horsepower to the rear wheels. We're just happy to see all that thrust get put to task. You can check out the quick video of the Venom GT sprinting to glory below.


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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeez, the exhaust cloud looks like what you'd expect to see behind a jet taking off! Sounds great, and whaddya know, it has all three pedals!
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        DCT requires a lot of R&D/time... its easier to make a manual and blame the driver.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rich
          bwaugh06, I'd rather have the most fun than be the quickest by 0.03 seconds. You understand what I mean by that, since the clutch pedal in an automatic car is a lot less fun to use than the clutch pedal in a manual.
          bwaugh06
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rich
          Ah yes, this argument. This get's mentioned all the time here about how everything should be manual transmission (more engaging, more direct feel with the tranny and thus the road, I own one and I get it) and I'm sorry for blatantly disagreeing but in this application where your mission is to have the quickest production car on the road a human cannot switch gears faster than the fastest automatic DSG type clutch system you may find in ferrari's and the like. It's not even remotely close either. At some point, whether you like it or not, when you're talking about creating the fastest road machine on the planet you have to concede human interaction for computer-programmed timing and response. Go talk to some high-level dragsters and you'll understand.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Pedro Gonsalez
        • 2 Years Ago
        +1 for the Space Balls reference! I haven't been following this car development, is it street legal?
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it gets to 228mph 3 seconds faster than the veyron gets to 200mph. Nice.
      Blakkar
      • 2 Years Ago
      OKAY... Hennessey needs to take this thing to a race track. Maybe COTA since it's just a short trip away. They have mastered making faster than a bad rumor. Not it needs to be as agile of well-practiced word play. Truly Hennessey could make a true race car for the streets not just one of the most expensive drag cars outside professional ranks.
      ugly rims
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the LS9 was 6.2L not 7.0L?
      Brent Booth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Da-yum
      Carpinions
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did they bore out the LS9 block? Because the ZR1 engine is a 6.2SC, not the 427/7.0, which is in the Z06.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carpinions
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      NeoS281
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh man that was WICKED!
      RotaryExperiment
      • 2 Years Ago
      A true mother of violence! What a beast!
      sean
      • 2 Years Ago
      not street legal. who cares?
        onewayroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sean
        If you don't know what your talking about then why even try? The Venom GT is very much street legal. http://www.hennesseyperformance.com/venomdupont.html
        Rich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sean
        If true, WIN!
      Pj Taintz
      • 2 Years Ago
      My only question is how many parts in the car were stolen as to those gotten legally?? I would wager 20% having said that, I always did love his work, the power he puts out is nothing short of amazing, and the early hen vipers were some of my favorite cars ever
      mostchillininsc
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll give 3M credit -- the "Hennessey" (copy of "Turbo" from a less known manufacturer...) logo stayed on. The spoiler and bumper are more likely to fall off first. For those of you wetting your drawers... There are plenty of stock and aftermarket tuned cars (for far less $$$) that will do the same or better for far less and stay together.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mostchillininsc
        You failed to provide your list of other cars that can do this.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mostchillininsc
        Name one stock car that can do this.
          Rich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          This is a stock car?... since uh, since when?
        mostchillininsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mostchillininsc
        Hennessy fan boi's are out in force. So John does receive some love from somewhere... No wonder he keeps coming back to AB to peddle his garbage. I will give him credit this time - at least we saw a functioning car vs. a rendering...
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