Hennessey has already divulged practically every piece of information we want to know about its 2011 Venom GT supercar. It's built on a heavily molested Lotus Elise chassis and driven by one of three versions of the 6.2-liter LS9 V8 used in the Corvette ZR1. The base model is supercharged and produces 725 horsepower and 741 pound-feet of torque. The other two mills are both twin turbocharged and produce 1,000 hp and 1,200 hp, respectively. All three models use the same six-speed Ricardo transmission as the Ford GT. Weight: 2,548 lbs dry and 2,685 lbs loaded with fuel. Price: Somewhere north of $600,000 for the base supercharged model. Yeah, this is some serious stuff.
The Texas-based tuner (can we really call a company that builds something like this a tuner?) has finished the very first production Venom GT, and it's a duesy. Chassis Number 01 is a top tier twin-turbo model, the same one clocked producing 933 rwhp a few weeks ago on a dyno.
As if the numbers don't paint a pretty enough picture, Hennessey recently hired a photographer to snap some beauty shots of its Venom GT. The high-res image gallery below sports some 56 images, some of which are good, many of which could be better. May we offer up our own ace photog Drew Phillips? We're quite sure he'd be happy to snap a pictorial starring the new Venom GT.
[Source: Hennessey Performance Engineering]
SEALY, TEXAS & SILVERSTONE, ENGLAND, June 14, 2010 - Hennessey Performance is proud to announce the delivery of the company's first production-ready Venom GT supercar. Having left its UK production facility, the Chassis Number 01 Venom GT is headed to the UAE where it is to be delivered to its new owner by Hennessey's exclusive Middle East distributor, Al DiMora of DiMora Motorcar.
"This is the fulfillment of a dream that I have had since I was a kid", says company founder, John Hennessey. "But it is also just the beginning as we begin to demonstrate the performance capabilities of the Venom GT in the near future".
The top tier model, the first production Venom is powered by a twin turbocharged Chevrolet LS-series aluminum V8 producing 1,200 hp and 1,135 lb-ft torque mated to a 6-speed Ricardo manual transaxle (the same as found in the Ford GT). Boasting a dry weight of just 2,548 lbs and a curb weight of 2,685 lbs with a full tank of fuel, the car delivers on its promise of an astounding power-to-weight ratio.
Harnessing this power is a chassis that is a far cry from the Lotus Elise which it's derived. Aside from reusing the windshield, doors, roof, floor, dash and various trim components, the Venom GT's design and construction has been engineered from the ground up for a truly unique supercar. An all-new front and rear space frame and suspension is cloaked in a new carbon fiber body, sporting an adjustable rear wing for exceptional high-speed stability.
Production levels of the Venom GT range from the base 725 hp supercharged LS9 V8 unveiled in the original prototype car to 1,000 hp and 1,200 hp twin turbo V8 variants. Each vehicle is painted and its interior crafted to each owner's specification, offering the opportunity for one-off exclusivity.
Each Venom GT is built in Silverstone, England, with power plants sourced from HPE's Texas headquarters. Available in both left and right-hand drive configuration, the Venom GT is an international supercar fusing the power and emotion of American V8 muscle with the refinement of Britain's renowned racing heritage.
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2011 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications
Engine: Chevrolet LS V8
Size: 376 CID (6.2 Liter)
Position: Mid Longitudinal
Redline: 7,200 rpm
Forced Induction: Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
Oiling System: Dry Sump
Valvetrain: OHV, 2 Valves per Cylinder
Fuel System: Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection
Horsepower: 1,030 bhp @ 6,500 rpm (933 rear wheel hp)
Torque: 972 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm (874 rear wheel lb-ft)
Specific Output: 166 bhp / Liter
BHP / Weight: 767.23 hp per ton (2.61 lbs / hp)
Boost: 16 psi (1.1 bar)
Fuel: 93 octane
Type: Ricardo 6-Speed Manual
Gear Ratios: 2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1; 0.63:1
Speed by Gear
Redline: 7,200 rpm
1st: 68 mph
6th: 260 (6,600 rpm)
0 - 100 km/h: 2.9 sec
0 - 200 km/h: 7.0 sec
0 - 300 km/h:14.9 sec
Drag Coefficient: 0.36 (rear wing down); 0.43 (wing raised)
Downforce:1,492 lbs @ 150 mph
Calipers: Brembo 6-piston (all 4 corners)
Rotors: 15.0 x 1.34 in Carbon Ceramic (all 4 corners)
Type: KW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover (all 4 corners)
Ride Height: Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm)
Length: 15.27 ft (4,655 mm)
Width: 6.43 ft (1,960 mm)
Wheelbase: 110.24 in (2,800 mm)
Track - Front: 63.46 in (1,612 mm)
Track - Rear: 63.15 in (1,604 mm)
Weight & Measurements
Curb Weight: 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilo)
Dry Weight: 2,524 lbs (1,147 kilo)
F/R Balance: 37/63 (empty); 44/56 (with driver & passenger)
Fuel Capacity: 18.5 gal (70 liter)
Wheels & Tires
Tire - Front: 235/30/20 Michelin PS2
Tire - Rear: 335/30/20 Michelin PS2
Wheel - Front: 8.5 x 20 in
Wheel - Rear: 12.5 x 20 in