2011 Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Performance have revealed the official details on the Venom GT supercar. Based on a Lotus Elise , their kit will be limited to only five units, four of which have already being spoken for.

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.

Prices start at $725,000 for the 725 HP variant, and go up to $950,000 for the 1200 HP Big Daddy model.

“Twelve hundred horsepower combined with in a mid-engine chassis that weighs twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs) – no other road car and only a handful of race cars can match the power to weight ratio of the Venom GT,” added HPE president and founder, John Hennessey. “It is a driver’s car, a supercar with a soul that will give you as much speed and performance as you dare ask of it.”

UPDATE 07/06/2012: The Hennessey Venom GT headed back to where it all started - the Goodwood Festival of Speed - to show the crowds just how awesome it is! The proof was in the pudding when the Venom GT shot out flames during its run. Check it out by clicking in the video above.

More details on the Hennessey Venom GT after the jump.

Exterior and Interior

Hennessey Venom GT

The Venom GT started its life as a Lotus Elise and focused as much as possible on weight reduction. For that, Hennessey added lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and 20" carbon fiber wheels wrapped in massive Michelin PS2 tires. The car gets Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in rear clamping down on 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors.

Hennessey is also offering an active aero system with an adjustable rear wing that will deploy under varying conditions on both the road and racetrack. Customers will also be able to adjust the ride height according to speed and driving conditions thanks to an adjustable suspension system.


Hennessey Venom GT

For the Venom GT, Hennessey uses a Corvette ZR1 sourced 376 cid aluminum V8 engine that delivers an impressive 725 HP. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels via a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox and handling is facilitated by a KW variant three-adjustable coilover suspension.

The tuner is also offering 1000 HP and 1200 HP twin turbo V8 engine variants that utilize twin precision ball bearing turbochargers. In the more powerful version, the Venom GT pushes out 1200 HP at 6,500 rpm and 1,155 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. That translates into a specific output of 166 HP/L and a HP/Weight of 767.23 per ton (2.61 lbs/HP).

Getting to the numbers that are a little easier to swallow, the 1200 HP Venom GT will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds. The tuner has also reported a top speed of 275 mph.


Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey will only produce 5 units of the Venom GT, and four of them were reserved even before the car was launched. The 750-hp Venom GT price starts at $725,000, while the 1,200-hp version goes up to $950,000 plus shipping. At this price, customers will also be getting a 2yr/24,000 mile warranty. Each model will take six months to build and Hennessey will only be building five cars a year. The cars are assembled in Hennessey’s facilities in Sealy, Texas, Lake Forest, California and Silverstone, England.

There are also a few options that can be thrown into your Venom GT for a price. Check them out in the table provided.

Options & Personalization Price
Right-Hand Drive$28,225
Center Locking Hubs / Wheels$37,500
Dry “Naked” Carbon Fiber Exterior$375,000


Hennessey Venom GT

With that amount of power and a 267 mph top speed, the Venom GT will tackle the latest Bugatti Veyron Super Sport head on. We know there is a huge difference between the two models, but power and mph are the only two taken under consideration here.

The Bugatti model is powered by a W16 engine that delivers a total of 1200 HP and has already established an impressive world record: 267 mph. All Hennessey has to do now is challenge that record. It already beats the Veyron in the 0-200mph sprint with a time of 15.9 seconds, compared to the Veyron’s 24.2 seconds, so maybe it will be an attainable goal.

Hennessey Venom GT
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive exterior look
  • Great performance numbers
  • Comes in limited edition

2011 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications

Engine Chevrolet LS V8
Block Aluminum
Size 376 CID (6.2 Liter)
Position Mid Longitudinal
Compression 8.8:1
Redline 7,200 rpm
Forced Induction Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
Oiling System Dry Sump
Valvetrain OHV, 2 Valves per Cylinder
Fuel System Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection

Horsepower 1,030 bhp @ 6,500 rpm (933 rear wheel hp)
Torque 972 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm (874 rear wheel lb-ft)
Specific Output 166 bhp / Liter
BHP / Weight 767.23 hp per ton (2.61 lbs / hp)
Boost 16 psi (1.1 bar)
Fuel 93 octane

Type Ricardo 6-Speed Manual
Gear Ratios 2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1; 0.63:1
Final Drive 3.36:1

0 - 100 km/h 2.9 sec
0 - 200 km/h 7.0 sec
0 - 300 km/h 14.9 sec

Drag Coefficient 0.36 (rear wing down); 0.43 (wing raised)
Downforce 1,492 lbs @ 150 mph

Calipers Brembo 6-piston (all 4 corners)
Rotors 15.0 x 1.34 in Carbon Ceramic (all 4 corners)

Type KW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover (all 4 corners)
Ride Height Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm)

Length 15.27 ft (4,655 mm)
Width 6.43 ft (1,960 mm)
Wheelbase 110.24 in (2,800 mm)
Track - Front 63.46 in (1,612 mm)
Track - Rear 63.15 in (1,604 mm)

Weight & Measurements
Curb Weight 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilo)
Dry Weight 2,524 lbs (1,147 kilo)
F/R Balance 37/63 (empty); 44/56 (with driver & passenger)
Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal (70 liter)


I don’t like this car in its yellow color. I like it more in its black color. Looks very tough. However, looking on its gray color version, it looks like a toy car! Hahah! Very cute. Its speed performance is really great!

Yeah, this car is fabulous! It has an awesome speed performance. I would love to see a race between the Venom and Bugatti! It would be a great race.

I would like to perceive how this car currently performs, is it superior than a Bugatti? I know that the Elise is an impressive handling car, but how does the extra weight and power work together?

Knowing that this is a limited edition I would say that there will be a lot that wants to drive this high speed vehicle. I like the styling of the car and its aggressiveness.

Aside, from making a tuned up version for their car. I would say that I’m really impressed with their production vehicle. I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the car. I was thinking on what it feels to drive on this speedy vehicle.

They limit the production of the car so I think, they just want to test if this car will catch the audience attention. Well, I’m pretty sure that Hennessey will now create a production model for this car.

By simply looking at this Venom GT, I can say that the engine on this car is really powerful. I love the sporty exterior of this, it is quite impressive.

That must be a very fast car.. Oh my, I think I can’t ride and risk my own life on that car.. Too bad I wasn’t there to witness its grand appearance. I wonder why is it called bug killer when it actually looks like a bug! Hahah!

Well, I really don’t think that this vehicle can be called sporty. I’m sure just like the Mclaren 12C, this car was based on science as well to deliver an impressive amount of power! Hennessey really makes an awesome tuned up version for the venom GT.

IMO, the platform of the Venom is quite similar with a batmobile. However, no wonder why this vehicle has an impressive power output, the engine used here is the same with the Corvette. I was thinking on who will win if the car will compete with the Bugatti Veyron.

Agreed. What an awesome vehicle! I just noticed that the speed performance of current vehicle has an impressive power output. However, its just bad that it comes up with limited production.

Admittedly, I’m so impressed with the speed performance of the car! However, I just don’t like the platform of the car. I wonder if its odd face has something to do with its incredible speed.

How can you say that the design of the car is not impressive RedBarracuda? The way I see it, the design is very rare and cool. Although it looks like a Mclaren sports car, the featured performance is a huge difference.

Most the probably the best solution for weight reduction is using a lighter material like carbon fiber. And I think changing the engine is an alternative solution. I wonder on what is the lap time record of this car in the Nurburgring race track.?

The design of its body is not that impressive However,the power output of the car is quite impressive and its similar to the performance of Bugatti car. Too bad that this production vehicle is limited and it makes me if they are going to offer the same package for its tuned up version?

This one looks good. But I think this is impossible to produce because of its unbelievable stats. I know manufacturers will pursue in developing this car to make it more marketable.

Great! I’ve wanted a car manufacture to do this kind of thing to a Lotus, It’s got the right dimensions to make a supercar.

Yeah, me too, I really want to see what kind of project Hennessey would one preparing next. I hope they do another SUV this time around, I really like the work they did on the Escalade.

I wonder what kind of ride Hennessey would be doing next. One thing that I have learned about these guys is that they would always be coming up with something new.

Lotus is really serious on giving us the best of the best that they have. The appearance and powerful performance is simply amazing. I bet Bugatti Veyron will have a hard time beating this one.

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