That, in case you're trying to put it in context, represents a 207-hp boost over the existing version. And that model, as Hennessey points out, already posted a blistering top speed of 270.4 miles per hour at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last year. The extra power was achieved principally by modifying the engine to run on E85, which allowed the tuner to increase boost pressure in the 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine from 19 to 26 psi. GPS-based traction control and Michelin Pilot sport Cup 2 tires help put the power down to the tarmac through the rear wheels alone to propel the latest Venom GT Spyder to 60 in a claimed 2.4 seconds. Keep it floored and it'll hit 100 miles per hour in 4.4, cover the quarter-mile in 9.4, and top out at over 280 mph.
As attention-grabbing as those figures may be, the new Venom isn't the only thing Hennessey Performance Engineering has in store for SEMA this week. It's also got a Ford Mustang convertible with a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged up to 774 horsepower to hit 60 in 3.2 seconds. They'll be joined as well by an F-150 VelociRaptor that boasts the same basic engine producing 650 hp, good for a 4.9-second 0-60 time, with a beefed-up suspension that aims to make waiting for the upcoming new Ford Raptor something of a moot point.
• 1451 HP Venom GT Spyder
• 774 HP HPE750 Supercharged Mustang Convertible
• 650 HP VelociRaptor 650 Supercharged Ford F-150 Truck
Las Vegas, Nevada—Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) will unveil a trifecta of speed and power at the 2015 SEMA Show on Tuesday, November 3rd at 10 am Pacific time at the Shell Pennzoil display - booth 60005 located near the main entrance of the Las Vegas convention center.
2016 Hennessey Venom GT
Leading the pack will be Hennessey's flagship hypercar, the Venom GT now boasting a maximum power output of 1451 bhp @ 7200 rpm, a gain of 207 bhp over the previous generation Venom which clocked a top speed of 270.4 mph at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014. Horsepower and torque are increased thanks to having the ability to run E85 Flexfuel which allows its 7.0L twin turbo V-8 engine to increase boost pressure from 19 psi to 26 psi.
"Being the fastest matters", said company founder and president, John Hennessey. "We are intent on keeping the Venom as the fastest, best performing and most exciting hypercar on the road".
Sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires will put the Venom's power to the ground via GPS-based traction control system. Combined with a curb weight of just 2743 lbs (1244 kg) the Venom GT continues to offer an unmatched power to weight ratio.
0-60 mph: 2.4 sec.
0-100 mph: 4.4 sec.
0-200 mph: 12.8 sec.
¼ mile: 9.4 sec. @ 167 mph
0-300 kph: 10.9 sec.
0-400 kph: 18.1 sec.
Top Speed: 280+ mph
"We only plan to produce a handful of Venom GT's in 2016 as we are also preparing for our next evolution, the Venom F5", said Hennessey. "We plan to demonstrate our improved power and performance both in terms of straight line acceleration as well as road course handling and lap time performance".
Rounding out Hennessey's trio of vehicles at the 2015 SEMA Show are:
2016 HPE750 Supercharged Ford Mustang Convertible
• 774 HP 5.0L V8 engine
• 0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
• Supercharger system producing 9 psi boost
• Hennessey CarbonAero carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, and rear lip spoiler
• Hennessey H10 light weight wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
• Brembo racing brake upgrade, front and rear
• The HPE750 Supercharged Mustang is the first and only 2015 Mustang to attain a verified top speed of 200 mph. One such car recently ran 207.9 mph on Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC.
2016 VelociRaptor 650 Supercharged Ford F-150 Pick-up truck
• 650 HP 5.0L V8 engine
• 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
• Supercharger system producing 7 psi boost
• Fox suspension upgrade
• Heavy duty front and rear bumpers
• 20 inch Hennessey wheel and tire upgrade
• Fender flares
• Skid plates
• Why wait for the 2017 Raptor when you can have a 650 HP Supercharged Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford F-150 truck now?
"I've been coming to the SEMA Show for the past 24 years and I'm more excited than ever to share our latest and greatest vehicles", said John. "From wild to mild, our special cars and trucks continue to deliver a driving experience of the highest order".