In March 2010, the American company Hennessey Performance Engineering introduced the Venom GT hypercar, built on a modified platform of the Lotus Elise / Exige sports car and combining the high technology of the British chassis and the American power of the V8 engine.
At the same time, the Hennessey Venom GT retained the body of the original model, which, however, had to be lengthened and expanded. The overall length of the hypercar is 4,655 mm (wheelbase is 2,800), the width is 1,960, the height is 747, and the mass is 1,244 kg.
Initially, the Hennessy Venom GT was powered by a 6.2-liter V8 LS9 engine from the Corvette ZR1 supercar, which produces 735 hp as standard. But the tuners managed to bring its output up to 1200 “horses” (although a 1000-strong version was also offered).
Then the atelier increased the working volume of the power unit to 7.0 liters. Its power increased to 1,244 hp and peak torque reached 1,566 Nm. Traction is transmitted to the wheels of the rear axle through a Ricardo six-speed manual transmission.
In January 2013, the Hennessey Venom GT hit the Guinness Book of Records, accelerating from 0 to 300 km / h in 13.63 seconds. Previously, this record belonged to the Swedish hypercar Koenigsegg Agera R, which did the same exercise in 14.53 seconds.
And on February 9, 2013, on the runway of the California Air Force base, the car accelerated to 427.6 km / h, becoming, according to John Hennessy, the fastest production car in the world available for purchase.
And although the fastest production car in the world remains the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport with a top speed of 431 km / h, representatives of the American company retort that Bugatti sells cars with a speed limiter of 415 km / h to customers, and there are no limits on the Venom GT.
In total, the company plans to build only 29 Hennessey Venom GT hypercars, each priced at $ 1,200,000. For the previous version with a 1000-horsepower engine, they asked for exactly two times less – $ 600,000, and the circulation was 10 cars.
Even more exclusive is the 1200hp open variant of the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, of which only five are made.
And at the SEMA 2015 tuning show, Hennessey Performance Engineering presented an updated version of the Venom GT hypercar, the engine of which was adapted to work on E85 bioethanol and increased the boost pressure to 1.8 bar against 1.3 earlier. As a result, its output increased by 207 “horses” – up to 1,451 hp. Now the hypercar accelerates from zero to a hundred in 2.5 seconds, covers a distance of 1/4 mile in 9.4 seconds, and the maximum speed reaches 450 km / h.