Steven Tyler, Aerosmith frontman for the chart topping rock bank has received the first completed Hennessey Venom GT. Based on the Lotus Exige, Steve asked the Hennessey tuning company if they could make it a roadster with the removable top. They customized the roll cage so that it would work, however this came with the addition of 30 lbs. Staying true to their one horsepower per one kilogram power to weight ratio, Steve got his Venom GT with a little extra juice.
The Lotus Evora has long been known as an exotic masterpiece in the automotive world, and the 2011 Lotus Evora model is no exception. The Evora has brought home a showroom full of trophies this past year and has just added another boost to its prestige by taking home “Most fun Car to Drive” honors from U.S. magazine.
If the Lotus Elise isn’t light enough for you, then look into having it tuned and cut up by Forced Fed in New York. This model is currently for sale in California, and has been converted into a track star with a ton of new parts totaling more than what the car is currently worth. To go along with the weight reduction, an Eaton supercharger, Alcon brakes, and Quaife differential have been installed on the Lotus Elise to boost the overall performance.
The new Hennessey tuned Lotus Exige called the Venom GT has been debuted at the McCall Motorworks Revival. This was part of the buildup for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and features the Lotus supercar announcement with all of its 1,200 horsepower greatness. Hennessey plans to produce five of these cars per year at a price of $950,000 (€660,190 / £577,850). It may sound like a lot for a Lotus Exige, but with the sports car holding a 6.2-liter V8 powerplant producing 1,200 hp (895 kW / 1,217 PS) and 1,155 lb-ft (1,564 Nm) of torque, we are sure some car collectors will pick this beast up.
Here is a James Bond car being offered for sale by a UK Lotus dealership, the new Lotus Evora painted in iconic livery from the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”. At a press event in the French Alps, the Lotus Evora was used as a demonstrator where journalist drove the car on ice. It is painted in a bronze metallic with a set of gold stripes along the sides, emulating the Lotus Esprit that James Bond drove. The advertisement states that the car has traveled 12,932 miles since 2009, and comes with a Ski Rack for an extra cost.
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.
Lotus Cars USA has released a factory style supercharger kit for the Lotus Elise and Lotus Exige models that come naturally aspirated. Owners who bought their Lotus Elise or Lotus Exige before this blower kit was available, can now bring their car back to an authorized Lotus dealer and have the car tuning performed. After the kit is installed on the 1.8 liter Toyota engine, performance numbers increase from 189 hp and 133 ft lbs or torque to 218 hp and 155 ft lbs of torque. The new system is warrantied and legal in all 50 states, while also being certified for emissions. The supercharger kit also comes with high flow injectors, ECU recalibration, and a redesigned intake manifold to add the supercharger. Even though torque gains are minimal, the performance numbers now peak at 5,000 rpms instead of 6,800 rpms. Lotus has not yet released pricing for the supercharger kit.
You might think that UK Garage is a tuner from the United Kingdom but the one we’re talking about is located in Italy and loves to modify British cars. They recently launched their latest tuning package for the Lotus Exige MK1 called Extrema. Each customer could choose their desired engine between a Chevrolet V8 with 420 HP or 500 HP, a Corvette Z06 LS7 with 650 HP and even entry level engines like the 2.6L Powertech V8 which develops 360 HP or the 2.8 V6 with an output of 300-350 HP. With the most powerful engine the UK Garage Lotus Extrema can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 7 seconds.