John Hennessey is a mad genius. Â In his shop in Sealy, Texas, he will take a Ford GT, add two turbo chargers to an already supercharged engine, and turn it into the Hennessey Ford GT 1000. Â He will also take a Dodge Viper and tweak the engine to produce 1000 hp and calls it the Hennessey Viper Venom. Â His newest project involves modifying a Lotus Exige and putting a monster 6.2L Corvette engine and adding two turbo chargers to the engine. Â His creation is called the Hennessey Venom GT.
Hennessey revealed the Venom GT at the December edition of Cars and Coffee of Houston. Â This was the main attraction at the event. Â This car got more attention than any other car at the event. Â The Venom GT got more attention than the Rossion Q1, Ariel Atom, Tesla Roadster, a Hennessey Ford GT 1000, and several Ferraris, Cobras, and Lambos. Â There was a constant crowd around the Venom GT.
Hennessey took a Lotus Exige, added a 6.2L LS9 supercharged V8 engine found in the Corvette ZR1, added two turbochargers, and added a 6-speed transmission. Â He will have 3 engines, one producing 750 hp, another producing 1000 hp, and the top of line engine producing 1200 hp and 1155 lb-ft of torque. Â The Car has a curb weight of 2685 lbs. Â With the light-weight of the car and the power of the engine, the Hennessey Venom GT goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 267 mph. Â Prices start at $600,000, a bargain compared to the $1.9 million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Â The Venom GT has the same performance as the Veyron Super Sport, but at a fraction of the price.
Hennessey brought his Venom GT to Jay Leno’s Garage. Â The video can be seen at www.jaylenosgarage.com.Â Videos of the car can be seen on Youtube, including the dyno test.Â
Final Thoughts: Â Great Car. Â Unlike the Volt, the Venom GT will live up to its expectation and compete with the other high performance vehicles. Â It has great performance for its price. Â Those lucky enough to get 1 of the 29 Venom GTs will get a very fast car.
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Originally written on March 20, 2011 in TGWTG blog section