Hennessey Venom GT
|Hennessey Venom GT|
|Manufacturer||Hennessey Performance Engineering|
|Assembly||Hethel, England (chassis)
Sealy, Texas, United States (engine)
Silverstone, England (assembly)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupe
|Layout||Longitudinal RMR layout|
|Engine||7.0l [427ci] LSX
Twin Turbocharged V8
|Transmission||Ricardo 6-speed Manual|
|Wheelbase||2,800 mm (110.2 in)|
|Length||4,655 mm (183.3 in)|
|Width||1,960 mm (77.2 in)|
|Height||42.5 in (1,079.5 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,743 lb (1,244 kg)|
On January 21, 2013, the Venom GT set an average 0–300 kilometres per hour (0–186 mph) acceleration time of 13.63 seconds. In addition, the car set an unofficial record for 0–200 mph (0–322 km/h) acceleration at 14.51 seconds, beating the Koenigsegg Agera R's time of 14.53 seconds, making it the unofficial fastest accelerating car in the world.
On April 3, 2013, the Hennessy Venom GT crested 427.6 km/h (265.7 mph) over the course of 2 miles (3.2 km) during testing at United States Naval Air Station Lemoore in Lemoore, California. Hennessey used two VBOX 3i data logging systems to document the run and had VBOX officials on hand to certify the numbers.
On February 14, 2014, on the Kennedy Space Center’s 3.22-mile shuttle landing strip in Florida, the Hennessey team recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h) with Director of Miller Motorsport Park, Brian Smith, at the wheel. As the run was in a single direction and only 11 cars have been produced to date, and is not a series production car, but registered as a modified Lotus Exige, it does not qualify as the world's fastest production car in the Guiness Book of Records.
The Venom GT uses a highly modified Lotus Exige chassis. The manufacturer, Hennessey Performance Engineering, claims the modified chassis utilizes components from the Lotus Exige, including but not limited to the roof, doors, side glass, windscreen, dashboard, cockpit, floorpan, HVAC system, wiper and head lamps. Hennessey Performance and the Venom GT are not associated with Lotus Cars. For road use, the car is registered as a Lotus Exige (modified) and is not in fact a series production car.
The Venom GT has a production curb weight of 2,743 pounds (1,244 kg) aided by its lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels. The brakes use Brembo 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. The rotors are 15 inches (380 mm) carbon ceramic units provided by Surface Transforms.
The Venom GT is powered by twin turbocharged 7.0L [427ci] Ford V8 aluminum engine featuring Ball Bearing Turbocharging system. The engine produces 1,200 bhp (895 kW; 1,217 PS) of power at 6,600 rpm and 1,155 lb·ft (1,566 N·m) of torque at 4,400 rpm. Engine power output is adjustable by three settings: 800 bhp (597 kW; 811 PS), 1,000 bhp (746 kW; 1,014 PS) and 1,200 bhp (895 kW; 1,217 PS). The engine revs to 7,200 rpm.
The mid-engine V8 is mated to the rear wheels with a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission. Hennessey claims that the car can achieve a top speed of 278 miles per hour (447 km/h), although this has never been tested.
A programmable traction control system will manage power output. Computational fluid dynamics tested bodywork and downforce also help keep the Venom GT stable. Under varying conditions on both the road and racetrack, an active aero system with adjustable rear wing will deploy. An adjustable suspension system will allow ride height adjustments (by 2.4 inches) according to speed and driving conditions. Michelin PS2 tires will also help put power to the ground.
Hennessey manufactures the power plants at its facility in Sealy, Texas. The engines are then air freighted to the company's assembly facility near Silverstone, England where the Venom GT is built and tested. Venom GT buyers will be offered a 1-day driver orientation and instruction program by a Hennessey factory test driver at a track in the UK or USA prior to delivery.
Hennessey plans to establish a network of Venom GT dealers and distributors in the Middle East, Europe, Russia, Australia and Asia. Production is limited to just 10 vehicles per year. The 750 hp Hennessey Venom GT price starts at 600,000 USD while the 1,200 hp version starts at 1,000,000 USD. In Europe, the Hennessey Venom GT price goes up by just under 25,000 USD. As of February 28, 2014[update], 11 Venom GTs have been manufactured. Hennessey have announced that they only intend to build a total of 29 of these cars.
Venom GT Spyder
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. This involved structural changes which added 30 pounds (14 kg) to the curb weight. Tyler's was the first of five cars scheduled delivered for the 2013 model year.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hennessey Venom GT.|
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- Lavrinc, Damon (March 29, 2010). "Hennessey Venom GT: A $600k mid-engine Cobra for the 21st Century". Autoblog. Weblogs, Inc. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
- Okulski, Travis (January 21, 2013). "Watch the Hennessey Venom GT Shatter Two Speed Records". Jalopnik. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
- Top Gear | Hennessey Venom GT sets world records
- "Steven Tyler gets first Venom GT Spyder". Top Gear. May 27, 2012.