First Shots of Hennessey Performance Venom GT

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  1. #1 thebarron1989, Dec 9, 2009
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    Hennessey Performance is on a roll. First we got a Cadillac CTS-V that accelerates so violently it sets off its OnStar system. Then we get a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1-powered pony car that handily won our Best Camaro of SEMA. Now this: The first shots of the Hennessey Venom GT, a lightweight, LS9-powered ICBM aimed directly at the world's hypercar elite.

    Originally teased way back in November of 2007, the House That Hennessey Built has been working overtime to create this Lotus Elise-based, mid-engine masterpiece for the Geneva Motor Show this March, and judging by these first shots from the shop, things are looking downright diabolical.

    According to Hennessey, the final weight – with fuel, but no driver – should come in under 2,400 pounds, and with the "mildly tweaked" LS9 putting out between 650 and 700 horsepower, that puts the Venom in contention with the Bugatti Veyron for power-to-weight bragging rights. But naturally, Hennessey isn't stopping there. After the bugs are worked out, the supercharger will be dispatched in favor of a duo of turbos, netting output somewhere north of 1,000 hp. 0-60 times? Less than 2.5 seconds. Top speed? An estimated 262 mph.

    Putting that grunt to the ground is a Ricardo six-speed manual gearbox – the same transmission the tuning firm used on its 1,000+ hp twin-turbocharged Ford GTs – with carbon fiber Dymag wheels fitted at all four corners, each shod in Michelin PS2 tires. Fifteen-inch carbon ceramic discs with eight piston Brembo calipers are mounted up front, while 14-inch rotors with six piston calipers reside in the rear, and although we haven't gotten confirmation, the shot above suggests the driver sits front and center. Nope, the Venom will be available in traditional left- or right-hand drive, according to Hennessey.

    That's all for now, but look for more details to be released in the coming weeks and get an exclusive eyeful in the gallery below.
  2. looks promising but time will tell
  3. If this works it'll be #$%#ing awesome. Like a new insane Lotus GT1.
  4. Doesn't Hennessey have a bad reputation? I'd rather see Lotus build this car.
  5. I see body parts are missing this time before completion of the vehicle already. Hennessey living up to his name again.
  6. He basically steals parts from peoples vipers and rips them off big time by taking much longer than he is supposed to.
  7. A light weight hypercar. Awesome.
  8. Pilbeam Exige RSW Evo V6 > Hennessey Performance Venom GT
  9. This is the Sport Exige from a few years back. The coolest looking Elise-based design so far IMO. The Venom GT would be awesome if it has a sleeker design than this.
  10. Too many tubes, not enough composite!
  11. ? tubes arent a bad thing. Composites have their limitations.

    And id be much more worried about some of the non-ideal things I see on the frame already than the fact its tubes and not composite.
  12. that rear chassis is so amazing looking. So thought out.
  13. looks good, but there also seem to be some oddities about it too.

    like: Where is that push-pull rod going to? Why are those A arms not going to nodes?

    other than those and a few other little squabbles, definitely looks more well sorted than some of the other cars to roll through these forums.
  14. Mosler GT>this
  15. looks like a #%!@ to work on.
  16. I'm talking about the car overall because I still have this thing against Hennessey.
  17. I'm pretty sure that push-pull rod is supposed to immitate a shock for the time being.
  18. This looks way better I think, so far
  19. so is this the closest thing yet to a Lotus GT1 MKII?
    I have often fantasized such a car.
  20. wasnt hennessey the guy who came on this forum to #%!@ about people not liking his car?
  21. lih i remember that.. can anyone find the thread? maybe it was an elaborate troll on hindsight
  22. So is it supposed to be a Lotus or not? Every time I see this car they keep acting like it's original.
  23. I was under the impression it was a GT(ford) for some reason but now that I re-read the article and see the drawings I dunno why I thought that.

    Edit: it is apparently a Hennessey Creation. not based on the Lotus either.
  24. yeah , or wait you mean pandabeat ... then yeah for sure
  25. So its using an LS9 now? What happened to the V10TT?

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