History of the 1967 Lotus 49 and How You Can Own One
In racing, there are great drivers and utterly astonishing ones and Jim Clark undoubtedly belongs to the latter category, the quiet farmer from Scotland scoring 25 Grand Prix victories and clinching two World Driver’s Titles on top of an Indy 500 victory in just six years. This car, the fourth Lotus 49 ever built, was driven by Clark to his final F1 success and it’s now for sale in Germany. Prepare to call your bank!
It’s not often that we see cars driven by the world’s finest drivers come up for sale. In November, a buzzing crowd gathered to see Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari F2002 that the seven-time World Driver’s Champion drove to victory in the 2002 French GP across the block in Abu Dhabi. At over $6.6 million, it became the second most expensive F1 car ever to be sold at a public auction. The first? Another one of Michael’s unbeatable Ferraris. It is natural, then, to expect a car driven by the ’Schumacher of the ’60s’ to be really expensive, more so when the car in question is the brilliant 49.
The Bugatti Veyron may still be the world’s fastest production car according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but, official recognition aside, the French supercar is no match for the Hennessey Venom GT. As you might recall, John Hennessey’s amazing hypercar bested the Veyron’s record by nearly three mph at the Kennedy Space Center back in February 2014. Unfortunately, Guinness did not recognize the record because NASA only allowed one run, and the record book requires two runs to confirm the average top speed. More than one year has passed since then and Hennessey has decided it’s time to sell the car that hit 270.49 mph on NASA’s landing strip in Florida.
Interested? Well, all you need is $1.4 million to take it home.
For that amount, you get a supercar loosely based on the Lotus Exige and packed with an array of parts designed by the folks over at Hennessey Performance. Power comes from a GM-sourced, 7.0-liter V-8 strapped to a pair of turbochargers. The combo cranks out a whopping 1,244 horsepower and 1,115 pound-feet of torque, which translates to amazing performance figures. Besides the record-setting 270.49-mph top speed, this Venom GT can also hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in 13.63, a Guinness World Record. The Texas-built hypercar will take you from 0 to 200 mph in 14.51 seconds and to 253 mph in a standing mile.
The Venom GT comes with a certificate of authenticity you can proudly display in your man cave.
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