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1200 bhp 1200 kg Hennessy Venom GT makes a 267 mph 1888 kg Bugatti Veyron GT look obese

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August 16, 2011

The 2012 Venom GT

The 2012 Venom GT

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The US$950,000 Hennessey Venom GT has perhaps the most spectacular set of numbers of any supercar: 1200 horsepower shoehorned into a mid-engined chassis that weighs just twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs).

It's a combination that no other supercar can match in terms of power to weight ratio. By comparison, it shades the world's fastest car, the 267 mph Bugatti Veyron GT, which has less horsepower (1184 bhp), and is 50% heavier, tipping the scales at 1,888 kg (4,162 lbs).

1200 bhp 1200 kg Hennessy Venom GT makes a 267 mph 1888 kg Bugatti Veyron GT look obese

Only five of the carbon composite Venom GTs are built each year. Each vehicle is hand-built at one of Hennessy's three facilities (Texas, California and Silverstone, England) and the car is available in right or left hand drive, though right hand drive costs an extra US$28,000.

Indeed, the price list on the Venom GT also allows for a the car to be made with a "Naked" Carbon Fiber Exterior (a la Monsory) for the princely sum of an extra US$375,000 and don't forget to allow six months for delivery from time of order.

The 2012 Venom GT

Interestingly, the car's balance is not at its optimum until it has a passenger and driver inside. When all fluids and a passenger are loaded, the car's 37-63 empty weight distribution becomes an ideal 44-56.

The 2012 Venom GT will make its first public outing in its homeland later today when it attends the McCall's Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center, the traditional first event of the Monterey / Pebble Beach weekend.

2011 Hennessy Venom GT specifications
14 Comments

Wow. I lust for this car, but not at that price. Lets see a race between this and the Veyron please, a 1/4mile drag, and then a lap of the Nurburgring.

I suspect this is probably all power and no finesse, as some serious driver aids are needed to hold the reigns on this car, that might be where the Veyron has the edge?

I'm pretty sure I'll never know unless some overpaid auto-journalist drives it for my vicarious enjoyment.

PeetEngineer
17th August, 2011 @ 10:54 am PDT

Sorry. Now where near as sexy as the Veyron.

Facebook User
17th August, 2011 @ 11:32 am PDT

So many suffering for lack of resources, and so many resources squandered on this crap for rich dickheads.

Nelson
17th August, 2011 @ 11:46 am PDT

looks a lot like a lotus

Mark Penver
17th August, 2011 @ 03:24 pm PDT

Obviously shares parts and design from Lotus.. but no mention of it in the article?? Weird... or lazy.

From Hennessy himself: 'started wondering, okay, what's next?' says Hennessey, who mulled over slightly lighter, even more powerful versions of both the Viper and Ford GT, but rejected them on grounds of being too race-car minimalist. 'I was joking one day about taking a Lotus Exige and putting our Venom 1000 engine in the back of the car. And we all laughed about it; laughed about it for a couple of weeks. 'But a preliminary sketch was followed up by a full set of renderings. When they came in, I looked at the car, and by that point I'd stopped laughing. I thought, we could build this car.

I'd be interested to see what Top Gear can do with it.

axio
17th August, 2011 @ 07:31 pm PDT

I do like the Manns 24 hour racer type cars - like this, the general shape and all...

Not terribly practical - but nice none the less.

But with much of this high tech racer stuff....

It reminds me of that Bo Derek movie 10.

Where the older guy has the hots for a neurotic younger chick and the obsession or desire is muddied by the practicalities of the situation - that she can only have sex after smoking dope and listening to Vivaldies Ballero (or something) and there is a whole heap of wanky silly bullshit to put up with - and while it's only a movie and the script and all is just a script - in the end it seemed the older broad with her act together was much better value than the young silly thing and all her fanciful ideas.

So like some premium smoo - it's a great piece of work - aside from being horrendously expensive, and the global average road speeds and driving conditions - and the true value of the running costs, repairs, and the amount of stuff you can actually do with it - say compared to a pickup or utility (Ute) - aside from a race track - it's an incredibly wasteful $$$ per mile car.

Sure it's a great car - but pound for $$$ for the amount of day to day real world in average traffic and speed limits....

I'd rather drive this - to be sure... but you can't do much with it - and I tend to hate climbing in and out of shoe box type cars...

Mr Stiffy
17th August, 2011 @ 08:29 pm PDT

yes Nelson, it is sad, I agree

Bill Bennett
17th August, 2011 @ 09:14 pm PDT

Say what you will Bugatti for life . its got taste and its alive!! no passion for match box type cars.

Allstar
17th August, 2011 @ 11:43 pm PDT

What is 1 second slower to 60mph, faster than a Ferrari Enzo V12 FXX around the Top Gear test track, can be built in your garage at home (or just ordered pre-built) and cost only US$90,000?

That would be the world record holding and award winning Ultima GTR 720. I personally would prefer the Ultima to the Hennessy Venom GT, as it is far cheaper and just as effective and it has more original styling than the Venom GT.

Oztechi
18th August, 2011 @ 12:54 am PDT

1200bhp, 275 mph, standard Exige chassis, lap & diagonal belts?

Sounds like a 'Darwin Award' to me!

Dave Cross
18th August, 2011 @ 01:58 am PDT

looks like little more than an overpowered lotus, probably same build quality to.

Terry Penrose
18th August, 2011 @ 05:51 am PDT

First guy commenting lusts for the car.

Second guy says the Veyron is more sexy.

Another guy comparing it to old movies about neurotic,insecure middle age sexuality...

These people need more than cars to make them happy.

Griffin
18th August, 2011 @ 10:46 am PDT

The Veyron is regarded as exceptionally fast in the 0-60-0 performance test. It's easy to build a light car that can't handle as well.

The Veyron has an airbrake that would add weight but it is very effective in slowing the vehicle to the point where the discs become effective

I'd only be impressed if these copycats can stop as well as the Veyron.

Trebor
19th August, 2011 @ 03:04 am PDT

I do believe I see a Chevrolet valve cover nestled down in amongst those plenums and tubes. Practicality? Who cares? Certainly not someone who can write a check for a million dollars. The beauty of this car is that no one else in your neighborhood has one.

Bob Lastiri
19th August, 2011 @ 12:43 pm PDT
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