Hennessey Venom GT

10 Nov

Some of my favorite cartoons and comic books growing up inevitably involved something or someone of no special importance getting bitten by an experimental spider, splashed with radioactive sludge, or getting placed on an alien planet that for some reason made them….. superhuman?  Images of Spider Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Super Man probably come to mind right?  So what happens when adults realize that their childhood desires for superhuman powers are unrealistic or impossible?  They’ll surely quit hanging around nuclear power plants and toxic waste dumps for one and then they will promptly start dreaming up ways to make their cars go faster.

Venom GT

It may not be impossible to take a shower in toxic waste only to achieve superhuman strength, but in the automotive industry these types of scenarios are not so far fetched.  Take the Hennessey Venom GT for example, this is a car that strikes you as something different and almost super powered from the moment your eyes grace it’s sleek lines and bulging wheel wells.  The Venom GT is clearly something special, a beast of a different kind, yet there is also something very familiar about the car.  From nearly every angle the Venom GT screams Lotus Exige and yet it’s clear at the same time, this car is no Exige.  In fact it’s not a Lotus at all but rather the living dream of President and Founder of Hennessey Performance, John Hennessey.  In a nut shell John Hennessey and Hennessey Performance have been taking sports cars with already impressive performance numbers and turning them into absolute street monsters and they’ve been doing it for years.

Lotus Exige S

In 2007 Road & Track magazine took one of Hennessey’s creations, a twin-turbo Dodge Viper called the Hennessey Venom 1000, and they drag raced it alongside a number of the worlds fastest cars.  Not only did the Hennessey Viper decimate all in it’s 20.3 second storm to 200-MPH, it did it four seconds faster than than the mighty Bugatti Veyron.

Rear View

The Venom GT, on the other hand, isn’t just any old car with a pair of turbo chargers strapped to its chest, it’s a bona fide super car, a super car that went through some serious mutation, courtesy of Hennessey Performance and it’s engineers.  It may not have driven through a puddle of toxic waste but the result is similar; while the Venom GT clearly shares parts with the Lotus Exige, it is clear that they are only cosmetic in nature.  Hennessey’s creation may have started out as a base Lotus Exige but it’s clear that the two share only headlights, hoods, doors, and a few other trifle parts like windshield wipers.  To be clear, the Lotus Exige is no ordinary car either and could handle many a villain on it’s own in the form of twisty roads and stoplight romps.  The Venom GT is just so much more; it’s longer, wider, and clearly built for a higher purpose, a purpose that can only be achieved by a super car.

A clear difference from the Exige

Weighing in at only 2,685-lbs the Hennessey Venom GT is super light, a feat accomplished by using space age materials like carbon fiber composite.  The engine is a 6.2L twin-turbo V-8 that produces an absolute monstrous 1200-hp and an incredible 1,155 ft-lb of torque @4,200 rpm.  Put all those figures together and you have a car that quite possibly has the highest power to weight ratio of any street legal car on the planet.  While these numbers look impressive on paper alone, seeing the car in action must be an absolutely mind altering experience.  With that much power to carry so little weight the Venom GT will carry it’s passengers from 0-60 MPH in a record setting 2.5 seconds, blur through the quarter mile in 9.9 seconds, and if the driver can hold his water, this car for the certifiably insane will rush onward until it punches 267 MPH squarely between the eyes.

Engine Bay

Clearly the Venom GT is not a car for folks with shallow pockets as its price tag will likely be somewhere near $1 million and likely the Venom GT isn’t for amateur drivers for with great power comes great responsibility.  While the Hennessey Venom GT will be unobtainable for most people, comfort can be taken in the fact that your car can still be taken from fairly ordinary to extraordinary as long as tuner greats like John Hennessey are around.  The Venom GT is just one of many examples of what the Hennessey team can do, think of it more as the companies mascot.  For considerably more obtainable prices the average Jaine or Joe can still fulfill their childhood dreams of feeling like a super hero, at least when they are driving in their car.  Whether your ride of choice is a Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, or even a Jeep Cherokee, the Hennessey team can help you take your ride from mild to wild.  It’s good to know that childhood dreams can be achieved, I may not be able to outrun the Flash, but maybe my car can.

A Thing of Beauty


One Response to “Hennessey Venom GT”

  1. Steve November 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Great job Matthew

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