The Hennessey Venom GT is a sports car manufactured by Hennessey Performance Engineering. It was revealed on March 29, 2010.
The Venom GT is based on a highly modified Lotus Exige chassis. The Venom GT is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the General Motors’ 6.2 L LS9 V8 that can be found in the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1. The modified engine will produce 1,200 bhp and 1,155 lb-ft. Engine power output is adjustable by three settings: 800 bhp, 1,000 bhp and 1,200 bhp. The mid-engine V8 is mated to the rear wheels with a Ricardo plc 6-speed transmission. Hennessey claims that the car can achieve a top speed of 272 mph (437 km/h), although this has never been tested yet.
The Venom GT will have a production curb weight of about 2,700 lb aided by its lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels. Braking uses Brembo 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. These calipers and 15 in carbon ceramic rotors provided by Surface Transforms deliver the Venom GT’s stopping power.
The Venom GT Spyder is an open-top version of the Venom GT. Having decided to order a Venom GT, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler approached Hennessey in Autumn 2011 and asked if an open-top version could be created. After making suitable structural changes which added 30 pounds to the curb weight, the company increased the engine boost to 1,244 brake horsepower to keep the power/weight ratio at one horsepower-per-kilogramme. Tyler’s was the first of five cars scheduled delivered for the 2013 model year.
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