Hennessey Venom GT

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Hennessey Venom GT
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Overview
Manufacturer Hennessey Performance Engineering
Model years 2012–present
Assembly Hethel, England (chassis)
Sealy, Texas, United States (engine)
Silverstone, England (assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door roadster
Layout Longitudinal RMR layout
Related Lotus Elise
Lotus Exige
Powertrain
Engine 7.0 L [427ci] LSX
Turbocharged V8[1]
Transmission Ricardo 6-speed Manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,800 mm (110.2 in)
Length 4,655 mm (183.3 in)[1]
Width 1,960 mm (77.2 in)[1]
Height 42.5 in (1,079.5 mm)
Curb weight 2,743 lb (1,244 kg)
Back view with engine displayed.

The Hennessey Venom GT is an American sports car manufactured by Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering.[2] It was revealed on March 29, 2010.

On January 21, 2013, the Venom GT set a Guinness Book of Records for the fastest production car from 0–300 kilometres per hour (0–186 mph) with an average acceleration time of 13.63 seconds.[3] 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 17.68 seconds, making it the unofficial fastest accelerating car in the world.[4][5]

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.[6] As the run was in a single direction and only 16 cars have been sold to date (to qualify Hennessey must build 30), it does not qualify as the world's fastest production car in the Guinness Book of Records.[7][8]

Specifications[edit]

Chassis[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Drivetrain[edit]

The Venom GT is powered by twin turbocharged 7.0L [427ci] GM LSX V8 engine with an iron block and aluminum heads featuring twin precision ball bearing turbochargers. The engine produces 1,244 bhp (928 kW; 1,261 PS) of power at 6,600 rpm and 1,155 lb·ft (1,566 N·m) of torque at 4,400 rpm.[1] 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.[1] 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.

Production[edit]

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 US$600,000 while the 1,200 hp version starts at US$1,000,000. In Europe, the Hennessey Venom GT price goes up by just under US$25,000. As of August 6, 2014, 16 of the proposed 29 Venom GTs have been sold.[9][10]

Venom GT Spyder[edit]

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.[11]

Venom GT "World's Fastest Edition" (2014)[edit]

It is a limited (3 units) version of Venom GT coupe commemorating Venom GT coupe's 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record.

The vehicle went on sale for US$1.25 million.[12]

Venom F5[edit]

Hennessey announced plans for a Venom F5, like a Venom GT, but with a 1,400 hp engine. The engine would have a larger twin turbochargers and larger intercoolers. The 7.0-liter V8 would use a new fuel system. The F5 will have a new look with its carbon fiber body that should have lower aerodynamic drag and more downforce. The hope is it will hit 290 mph. F5 is named for a top speed tornado. The plan for first deliveries is 2016, with the plan to make 30 at about $1.2 million each.[13][14]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Specifications | Hennessey Venom GT". Hennessey Performance. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Lavrinc, Damon (March 29, 2010). "Hennessey Venom GT: A $600k mid-engine Cobra for the 21st Century". Autoblog. Weblogs, Inc. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fastest production car 0-300 km/h". Guinness World Records. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Okulski, Travis (January 21, 2013). "Watch the Hennessey Venom GT Shatter Two Speed Records". Jalopnik. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Pattni, Vijay (January 21, 2013). "Watch: Hennessey GT sets world record". Top Gear. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Now THAT'S top gear: Hennessey's Venom GT becomes the world's fastest car after reaching a top speed of 270mph". Daily Mail (Australia). February 25, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nunez, Alex (February 24, 2014). "The Hennessey Venom GT is the world's fastest car". Road & Track. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Title the World’s Fastest car – Hennessey Venom GT American Supercar 435 Kmph". Newzduniya. April 9, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Official Website of the Hennessey Venom GT". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ Pollard, Tim (August 7, 2014). "Hennessey Venom F5 (2016): is this really a 290mph supercar?". Car Magazine. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Steven Tyler gets first Venom GT Spyder". Top Gear. May 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ $1.25M Venom GT 'World's Fastest Edition' is so quick you've missed your chance
  13. ^ foxnews.com, leisure, Hennessey planning 290 mph Venom F5 supercar, August 05, 2014
  14. ^ topgear.com, Target 290mph: it’s Hennessey’s Venom F5, Sam Philip, 04 August 2014

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