Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Venom GT

  The Venom GT is a tuning creation from Hennessey based off the Lotus Elise. Their kit was limited to only five units. The Venom GT is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1, that delivers a total of 725 bhp. And if this is not enough, the tuner will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. With a curb weight of 2,685 lbs, the 1200 HP Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph. The supercar features lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, a programmable traction control system, CFD (computational fluid dynamic) tested bodywork, an active aero system with adjustable rear wing, and an adjustable suspension system.

Technically, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the world’s fastest supercar . But if you really ask people in the industry what the real fastest car is, the answer will be the Hennessey Venom GT . Forget about those silly rules and technicalities that prohibit the Venom GT from being recognized for what it really is. This 1,244-horsepower demon is truly on a class of its own. But if you’re giving love to this hypercar, you need to give as much or more to the man behind the madness: John Hennessey.

After/Drive host Mike Spinelli spent some time with Hennessey to talk shop about a whole range of topics. As you can expect, the conversation eventually led to the Venom GT, his 7.0-liter V-8, twin-turbocharged beast.

There are over 28 minutes of video time in this episode. That provides plenty of time to get to know the man who changed the way we look at supercars here in the U.S. But most importantly, we get to learn more about the things that put Hennessey in the position that he is in now.

As always, it’s a fascinating episode from the guys at After/Drive. Be sure to spend time watching it.

The folks over at Hennessey Performance have a lot of reasons to be proud these days. Not only were they able to build a bad-ass supercar like the Venom GT , but they can add a whole lot of power and enhancements to just about any vehicle out there, be it a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray or a Cadillac Escalade . The tuner’s most impressive achievement, however, is being able to smash the world speed record for production cars — held by the Bugatti Veyron — with its Venom GT that packs a whopping 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque under the hood. Sure, the record won’t make it into the Guinness Book of World Records due to the lack of second run and low production numbers, but we all now that the benchmark is now in the hands of an American company.

The record run saw the Venom GT reach 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center took place about three months ago. And if you haven’t seen the video yet, you’ve been living under a huge, heavy rock. The reason we’re bringing this achievement back into the spotlight is because the run was featured in Pennzoil’s "Breaking Barriers" series, in a video that reveals never-before-seen footage and some of the obstacles the Hennessey team had to overcome along the way.

Breaking a speed record owned by a car built by a multimillion-dollar empire such as the Volkswagen Group ain’t easy. What makes things even more impressive is that, compared to VW, Hennessey is just a tiny group of passionate gearheads that are motivated by more than just volume sales and profits — one of the reasons we love Hennessey so much. That’s reason enough for you to watch this 7-minute video and learn why the Venom GT is way cooler than the Bugatti Veyron.

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Had it not been for some silly rules, like needing 30 production cars to qualify and needing two back-to-back runs, the Hennessey Venom GT would have taken home the title as the "World’s Fastest Production Car" after its 270.49-mph run at Kennedy Space Center. But those rules are in place, and Hennessey couldn’t care less, as it is rolling out a special World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs in very limited quantities.

There is very limited information on the World’s Fastest Edition, but we do know that it features a red, white and blue livery to match the American flag. We also learned that the model will come in at a price tag of $1.25 million.

According to what I can gather, the Venom GT WFE will carry the same 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 as the rest of the Venom GTs. This means that it pumps out 1,244 horsepower, and shoots the hypercar to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in just 13.63 ticks. While the Venom GT only hit 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center, Hennessey claims it can hit about 278 mph.

I’m sure that Hennessey will announce more details on the WFE Venom GT, if there is more to talk about, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Hennessey Venom GT.

We all know that the Bugatti Veyron is the current record holder as the world’s fastest production car, and that just didn’t sit right with John Hennessey and his team. So, they set out to destroy the record, bringing the title back to the good ol’ U.S. of A. After negotiating with NASA to use its landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center, the record was prime for the taking.

Well, as expected, the Venom GT was the car for the job, and it completed its end of the task by hitting a Vbox-verified 270.49 mph — the Veyron Super Sport topped out at 267.81 mph. Unfortunately, Guinness Book of World Records again catered to Bugatti, as it will not recognize the record because NASA only allowed one run, and the record book requires two runs — down and back — to confirm the average top speed.

So, why didn’t Hennessey negotiate for one more pass down the landing strip? That’s because it would have been pointless, as Guinness defines a "production car" as one with at least 30 examples built and Hennessey only has 29 slotted for production this year.

Well, I say screw Guinness and their Bugatti -loving tactics has confirmed that it can smoke the Veyron, plus it is better looking and cheaper — a win-win-win!

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Hennessey took its powerful Venom GT and the Nissan GTR HPE750 to Circuit Of The Americas for some media rides during the ALMS and WEC races on September 20th and 21st. This video shows the Venom GT in action on the famous F1 circuit and it was filmed with a GoPro camera installed on the GT-R.

As you probably know by now, the Venom GT is based on a Lotus Exige and it’s powered by a Corvette ZR1 -sourced 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine. In its base setup, this engine delivers a total of 725 horsepower, but in the top version it can be raised to 1,200 horsepower. The Venom GT can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds. The tuner reported a top speed of 275 mph.

While the sound is not at its best quality, the video is surely worth watching, so enjoy!

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Some pretty shocking news came out recently involving the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport . According to Driving.co.uk, the Guinness Book of World Records has stripped the Veyron Super Sport of its "fastest production car" record on grounds that it had breached the rules in its record-setting attempt.

The record, which has stood for three years, was re-investigated after an enquiry by Driving.co.uk regarding a speed restrictor that Bugatti deactivated to achieve its top speed. After an investigation by the Guinness World Records, the 267.8 mph the Veyron Super Sport was nixed from the record books because the deactivated speed restrictor did not qualify the supercar as a production model.

“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport,” said Jaime Strang, PR Director of the Guinness World Records.

“As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”

Click past the jump to read more about this story, including Bugatti’s response to having its holy grail record wiped off the record books.

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It’s official, the Hennessey Venom GT has just become the fastest production car out there. On February 9, 2013, Brian Smith drove this modified Lotus Elise from 0 to 265.7 mph in 2 miles on a runway at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

This makes the Venom GT 7 mph faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport , which required over 4 miles to reach its speed limiter, which is set at 258 mph. Still, this speed is a little less than the 270 mph top speed claimed by Hennessey when the Venom GT was initially announced.

This is the second record the Venom GT scored this year, as back in January it went from 0 to 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds.

Now we are left wondering what amazing results we are going to see when the Venom GT2 hits the market.

Click past the jump to read the full list of verified record top speeds throughout automotive history

UPDATE 4/8/2013: There is a little confusion here, as to why the Venom is being called the fastest production car when the Veyron holds the "official" Guinness record. The Veyron that broke the record had its 258 mph top speed limiter removed and you cannot purchase the Bugatti in this state. The Venom GT is in its factory-tuned form and the one you purchase can pull of this feat. This article does not refer to the Guinness record. Additionally, Guinness today officially stripped the title from Bugatti, citing the deactivated top-speed limiter. Guinness has yet to validate the Venom’s run, but we’re sure Hennessey is champing at the bit to get Guinness to witness and certify the record.

To define a "production" vehicle: Any car produced in mass that is available to the public and road legal. With the Venom GT hitting six units built, it should more than qualify as "mas produced."

A few days ago, Hennessey announced that its Venom GT supercar scored another impressive record by accelerating to 300 km/h (186 mph) in just 13.63 seconds . Today, the tuner has unveiled the video as a statement for their previous announcement.

After all, this result shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone considering the impressive specifications of the Venom GT. It is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1 that delivers up to 1,200 horsepower, depending on the trim level. With a curb weight of 2,685 pounds, the 1,200-horsepower Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. As expected, such an impressive performance will set you back a nice sum — $950,000.

The test was made at Ellington Airport in Houston, Texas, USA on January 10, 2013.

The Hennessey Venom GT has already hit 230 mph in less than 20 seconds. But not even that accomplishment has stopped this slithering serpent from setting another world record. It’s something that we somewhat expect from a supercar like this, but it’s still a little surprising when the car accomplishes it.

We know the Venom GT is considered one of the fastest machines on the planet, but still, to find out that it can hit 186 mph in just 13.63 seconds is just completely mental.

The American-tuned supercar managed to set that world record time recently, and to no one’s surprise, it probably did it without even breaking a sweat. The record attempt will be featured in a future episode of Drive where we get to see just how bananas the Venom GT went when it set the record in front of the fine folks of the Guinness Book of World Records.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this episode of Drive, so when it goes live, we’ll be sharing it with you guys.


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