Been a exotic car lover, I could not pass to share this monster of an automobile.
Saw “it” and I taught it was a Lotus, but of course it was not, it was a Hennessey Venom, After analyzing this machine and getting some information, I realize that only 10% remained of the original Lotus Design and 90% of this monster machine was actually a “real monster.”
Why a monster, well just read the stats, then you can tell me. Basically this is the fastest automobile in the world in any class, and yes a beautiful one.
Not only that, look at it, it is Beautiful, aggressive and look so fast even standing.
I want one, that is for sure. Let me win the lottery first, Well dreaming is free isn’t it?
By: Patrick C. Paternie
Copyright 2010, duPont Publishing, Inc.
The Venom GT may bear some outward resemblance to the Lotus Elise, albeit on steroids, but don’t let that fool you. It may not look like the hulking mega horsepower muscle cars that one expects to see rumbling out the doors of Hennessey Performance’s Texas garage, but this Brit-built car still identifies with heavyweight boxing gloves rather than string-back driving gloves.
It’s more than the outward appearance that differs from past Hennessey vehicles. John Hennessey proudly explains a new weight shaving philosophy guided the three years of engineering development that admittedly uses some Lotus sourced bits but features a vastly different chassis and suspension.
Hennessey’s opening shot with production Venom GT serial #01 recently rolled out of the Silverstone, England production facilities headed for its excited new owner in the Middle East with a twin turbo LS-series Chevrolet V8 sitting amidships that pumps out 1200 horsepower and 1135 lb-ft of torque. A Ricardo 6-speed manual transaxle (as used in the Ford GT) puts the power to the rear wheels. Weighing in at 2685 pounds gassed up and ready to go, the Venom GT can propel itself from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2.7 seconds. In 14.9 seconds it will streak past 187 mph (300km/h) on its way to hit 267 mph in sixth gear at 6600 rpm. That, by the way, is well shy of the engines 7200 rpm redline.
Very impressive stats, but do a little math and you will get an even more astonishing number – a power to weight ratio of 2.4 pounds per horsepower. Remember this is a street legal vehicle not a stripped down racer. By comparison Porsche’s latest Weight Watchers track day special, the lightweight 2011 911 GT2 RS justifiably boasts of 620 horsepower and a power to weight ratio of 4.9 lbs/hp.
‘Less’ is certainly not a word you would normally expect to come up in a conversation with a man who specializes four figure horsepower denominations. Hennessey Performance catalogs an 1,100-horsepower twin-turbo Viper that was top dog in a highly publicized super car shootout by launching from 0 to 200 mph in 16.4 seconds leaving Bugatti Veyron 20.3gasping in its wake almost four seconds behind.
It was during that record breaking assault on the 200 mph mark that Hennessey experienced the epiphany that led him to shift his angle at the top speed barrier for a street driven performance car from horsepower to weight.
“Less is more,” exclaims Hennessey. “I was thinking a few weeks after that event that we can always add more power, but what is holding us back is the weight of the car. The Viper weighs about 3600 pounds.”
Hennessey has built race cars with engines producing 1200-1500 horsepower, but to make that kind of power requires 100 and higher octane racing gasoline. He wants to build something that would run on what he calls ‘pump gas’ – the 93 octane premium available at most service stations.
Using turbochargers to boost power allows Hennessey to lower the compression ratio for the compatibility with pump gas. Horsepower wasn’t the issue as much as how much weight these horses had to shove around.
One more and if you decide to buy one, pricing starts at $ 725,000.00++ and is a close distance to travel, as they are located in Texas.
For more information go to: http://www.hennesseyperformance.com/venomdupont.html
I leave you with this in mind.