Hennessey Performance officially revealed the first images and full details about the Venom GT, a supercar based off the Lotus Elise and Exige models. Powered by a 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine from a Corvette ZR1, the tuners were able to boost the output to 725 hp. Hennessey Performance also plans to offer a twin-turbo version of the V8, with numbers well beyond 1,000 horsepower. The Venom GT car you see here weighs only 1,071 kg thanks to the carbon fiber body, and wheel package put together with the lightest parts. With this light of a car, Hennessey claims the 1,200 hp model can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds with a top speed of 440 km/h. It should destory the factory Bugatti Veyron, since its top speed is only 408 km/h, and the Venom GT is significantly lighter.
If you’re planning to grab one of the limited Hennessey Performance Venom GT‘s, start shopping for the cheapest car insurance because the car alone will empty your pockets. The base price of the 1,000 hp model is $600,000, and four out of the 10 that Hennessey will build each year have already been sold. Since the Venom GT is extremely fast, the engineers installed a high performance braking system from Brembo with 6-piston calipers in the front, and 4-piston calipers in the rear. Carbon ceramic rotors measuring 15-inches assist the Brembo brakes while stopping the modified sports car. The vehicle also features a six-speed gearbox from Ricardo, full adjustable suspension, Michelin PS2 tires wrapping the carbon wheels, and a programmable traction control system.
[Source: Hennessey Performance]