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Hennessey Venom GT Running 270.49 MPH on NASA Runway: Video 25
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, John Hennessey, News, video on 02 25th, 2014
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The battle has been on for John Hennessey and his team to literally rough up the Bugatti Veyron with their pride and joy Venom GT. Be that the Venom GT is Hennessey’s creation birthed from a Lotus Elise, it is highly modified and you can basically call it their own mad creation capable of speeds over 270 mph, which the Venom GT has clearly claimed this week on a NASA runway.

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Of course the controversy and naysayers are coming out of the woodwork to critique and mock the Hennessey Venom GT’s 270 mph run. Whatever the “official” standing of the record is, the Venom GT ran 270 mph and that is a fact. To beat the dead horse even more, we have supplied you with the exclusive Venom GT 270.49 mph run video below. Just don’t forget to enter the JFK moon speech. Priceless! Enjoy!



Hennessey Venom GT breaks land speed record 25
Feb
Posted by CarBlog Staff in Automotive News, Hennessey Venom GT, Land speed record, Popular, Super car news, Videos on 02 25th, 2014

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Well this is some really exciting news on a Tuesday afternoon!

While we love ourselves a bit of super car, we really like it when these super cars push it to there limits – and if a land speed record gets broken in the process, all the better.

The Hennessey Venom GT has broken the land speed record (only just) at an incredible 270,4 mph. To put that into perspective; the Venom topped an amazing 435,16 km/h. Now that’s one fast car. 

While Hennessey is celebrating, one company that is surely not as happy (and probably plotting their revenge) is Bugatti. Before the Venom took top honours, that record belonged to the Bugatti Veyron  Super Sport that held the record at 269,86 mph. Or 434,29 km/h.

That was set up four years ago.

The record breaking attempt naturally needed a big space to race. So Hennessey packed up their voluptuous Venom and took it ver to the John F. Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, where, eventually, the record was broken.

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However, there is a little spanner in the works. Hennessey’s new record is not, per say, an official record. It is not recognized by the Guinness Book of world Records only because of one minor detail.

Guinness requires that these production cars racing for the record to have at least 30 made. Unfortunately for the Venom GT, only 29 will be made. What a pity.

Still, this doesn’t stop us from enjoying the Hennessey Venom GT’s super impressive performance! And lucky for us, the people over at Hennessey decided to film the momentous occasion.

Check out the video below:

Source: The Verge



Video of Hennessey Venom GT Capturing World Speed Records 21
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Editorial, featured, Guinness World Record, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, video on 01 21st, 2013
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Even if there was some doubt to the Hennessey Venom GT reaching an astonishing 200+ MPH run capturing a world speed record, there is now an exclusive video (below) of the vehicle hitting 186 mph (300 km/h) in just 13.63 seconds – beating out the Koenigsegg Agera R’s 14.53 second world record.

Making the run from 0 to 186 mph in 13.63 seconds puts the Hennessey Venom GT in the record book as the fastest production car from 0 to 300 km/h.

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The impressive 1,244 horsepower monster birthed at the Texas Hennessey facility is one-of-a-kind derived from extensive development and craftsmanship off of an Elise/Exige-based donor car.

Development of the Hennessey Venom will continue with a 2013 Venom GT2, which is due to get a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pushing 1,500 horsepower. The revised model will get a choice of a 7-speed paddle shift transmission or 6-speed Ricardo manual box. Other changes to note will be a new door design with dihedral hinges and a double bubble roof to increase headroom.

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7 units of the new Venom GT2 will be produced with prices starting around $1.25 million. Expect the first unit to be ready nearing the end of the year.



Hennessey Venom GT Reaches 230 MPH in 20 Seconds: Video 5
Dec
Posted by Darryl in 200mph, Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, video on 12 5th, 2012

There are not many big boy toys that can reach 200 mph. To reach that speed you need something willing and able to literally scare the Ape Shi* out of you. You need something like a Bugatti Veyron, or something fresh out of the infamous Hennessey tuner shop that carries the name Venom GT.

We beg to ask, you know the answer to this, what can reach 0-230 mph in 19.96 seconds? Hit up the video for the answer while you get all googly-eyed over this menacing machine packing 1,244 horsepower. Enjoy!



Video: Matt Farah Test Drives World’s Fastest Tuned Car – Hennessey Venom GT 10
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Drive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, John Hennessey, Matt Farah, Tuned, Tuners on 07 10th, 2012

“It thrills me, and it scares me… a little bit”. Those are the words of the mastermind behind the new Hennessey Venom GT, John Hennessey, when he drives his monstrous 1200 horsepower and theoretical 272 mph top speed concoction.

Matt Farah, as a kick off to the latest season of Tuned on the DRIVE network, gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to strap behind the wheel of John Hennessey’s latest creation, the fastest car he has ever driven, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. Hit up the jump to view the exclusive test drive video below.



Sweet Emotion: Steven Tyler Takes Delivery of first 1244hp Hennessey Venom GT Spyder 30
May
Posted by Darryl in Aerosmith, Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, Hennessey Venom GT Spyder on 05 30th, 2012

It is interesting to find out how many popular entertainers are car nuts that choose to drive some of the most outrageous vehicles known to man. One particular vehicle and entertainment figure that makes the word ‘outrageous’ sound like an understatement is the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder and Steven Tyler. Together these two seem like a match made in Heaven considering their ‘Crazy’ aptitude. After all, 1,244 horsepower and Aerosmith go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly.

It seems last year Steven Tyler and John Hennessey crossed paths and out came Steven’s request for his very own Venom GT Spyder. With such an order from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Hennessey and his team were sure to deliver on this request.

This particular build would involve making some structural changes to fit the removable top for the very first Venom GT Spyder. With a removable top, the structural changes would add on about 30 pounds. John and his team decided to add a bit more power to the equation to compensate, upping the power to a total of 1,244 horsepower.

The time has come that Steven Tyler takes delivery of the very first Venom GT Spyder, which will be 1 of a total of 5 fine examples of this $1.1 million Bugatti Veyron killer. You can say, this is truly a ‘Sweet Emotion’ or a ‘Livin’ on the Edge’ moment, depending on the position of the throttle of this beast-of-a-car.

Sources: TopGear via GTSpirit



Video: Jay Leno Tackles the 1200 Horsepower Hennessey Venom GT 5
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, video on 01 5th, 2012

Is there any car that Jay Leno has not driven? Probably not considering he just recently strapped himself in John Hennessey’s now street-legal Venom GT.

If you are not at all familiar with the Hennessey Venom GT, then maybe you should check out some of our previous coverage on this virtual Bugatti Veyron killer on the link here. Before you do that, check out what Jay Leno has to say about the Venom GT when he takes it out for a spin along side of John Hennessey himself.



Hennessey’s Venom GT: King Of The Roll-On 12
Sep
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, Kurt, Tuners, video on 09 12th, 2011

The Hennessey Venom GT. Image: Hennessey

Try this experiment next time you’ve got a long stretch of open track in front of you (because we’d never condone this kind of driving on public roads): at 70 miles per hour, drop the hammer and keep it matted for 17 seconds. Record your top speed, and compare it to the speed of the Hennessey Venom GT, on a “low boost” setting.

If you’ve got a fast car, I’ll bet you can hit 150 miles per hour from 70 in 17 seconds. An average car will probably struggle to hit 120 or so, but the Hennessey-built Venom GT will run from 70 to 215 mph in those 17 seconds. Need proof? It’s in the video below.

Just in case you’ve never heard of the Hennessey Venom GT, the Silverstone, England-built supercar starts life as a Lotus Exige body, which gets stretched by some eight inches for better high-speed stability. Next up comes a Corvette ZR1 sourced V-8, tuned by Hennessey to make up to 1,200 horsepower. Mated together, the final product weighs less than 2,700 pounds, resulting in “impressive” acceleration. Zero to sixty, for example, comes up in 2.5 seconds (if you launch the car correctly), and the quarter mile flashes by in 9.9 seconds at 162 miles per hour. A Bugatti Veyron takes 24.2 seconds to reach 200 miles per hour, but the Venom GT does it in 15.9 seconds. Top speed? Hennessey claims it will do 275 miles per hour.

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The price? If you have to ask, you’re not a serious Venom GT buyer. The point of entry for the 750 horsepower “base model” Venom GT is $600,000, while the 1,200 horsepower version starts at $725,000. Since Hennessey will only build up to 10 cars per year, owners will find themselves in a very exclusive club, and the odds of you finding another Venom GT on the same racetrack are pretty slim. If you’ve got the money, that certainly helps justify the price of admission.

Source: You Tube via Autoblog



Video: A Close Look at the Hennessey Venom GT 12
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom GT, video on 07 12th, 2011

Straight from the mouth of John Hennessey we get a full rundown on the new Hennessey Venom GT, one of the fastest road cars around, in the exclusive fGear.tv video below.

The Venom GT probably takes those of you old enough to remember, back to a time that Carroll Shelby came up with a crazy idea. That idea was a simple formula of taking a light weight performance car chassis and replacing its powerplant with the hand of God. That true enthusiast passion lives on today in people like John Hennessey, the creator of the Venom GT.

From the video John makes it clear that the Venom GT is much more than just a Lotus with a big engine, it is basically what true automotive enthusiasts consider to be a modern marvel. Hit up the video below to get a full run-down on the new Venom GT created by Hennessey Performance.

Short list of Venom GT specifications

  • 0 – 60 mph: 2.5 sec.
  • 1/4 Mile: 9.9 sec. @ 162 mph
  • 0 – 200 mph: 15.9 sec. (Bugatti Veyron = 24.2 sec.)
  • Top Speed: 275 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,200 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
  • Torque: 1,155 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
  • Specific Output: 166 bhp / Liter
  • Bhp / Weight: 767.23 hp per ton or 2.61 lbs / hp
  • Boost: 16 psi (1.1 bar)
  • Fuel: 93 octane


2011 Hennessey Venom GT Hits the Studio for some Red-Hot Pictures 13
Apr
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Performance, Hennessey Venom GT on 04 13th, 2011

John Hennessey and his team have brought a dream to reality in the form of a lightweight, mid-engine, V8-powered serpent named ‘Venom GT’. Just recently they took the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT to the studio to properly introduce the latest iteration of a no-compromise 1,200 horsepower supercar.

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2011 Hennessey Venom GT Press Release

The Venom GT simply expresses the supercar that John Hennessey has always dreamed of building for himself.  He wanted a nimble, lightweight, mid-engine chassis with a powerful American V-8 engine.  Maximum power-to-weight ratio is critical for a performance vehicle, and it is the cornerstone to this car.

His dedicated staff of former Bonneville, Formula One and Le Mans race engineers have teamed to design the Venom GT— incorporating many of the best technologies and advanced materials available today. The goal? The best overall performing and best looking road-legal supercar that they could build.

John thanks you for this opportunity to introduce you to the all-new Hennessey Venom GT.

Powering the Venom GT is a 6.2L supercharged LS9 V-8 engine producing 725 bhp at 7,200 rpm.  An available twin-turbocharged V-8 (shown) offers the ultimate power trip delivering up to 1,200 bhp.

Weight is kept to a minimum thanks to the extensive use of aluminum for the construction of items such as the engine block, cylinder heads and intercoolers.  Airflow ducting is a mix of lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum components. Exhaust gasses flow thru a lightweight Titanium exhaust system.  Twin ballbearing turbochargers provide instant throttle response with a never ending mountain of power.

Inside, the Venom GT merges high-tech materials with supple luxury. Machined metal meets carbon fiber—all surrounded by sumptuous leather—to produce an unforgettable cockpit.

Hold on tight to the sport steering wheel as the available 1,000 bhp twin-turbo powerplant will generate an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds.  Should you choose the available 1,200 bhp twin-turbocharged engine, you will have the esteemed privilege to use the entire range of the speedometer.

Combined with a super-light curb weight of under 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilos), the Venom GT offers an unmatched power-to-weight ratio.

The Venom GT incorporates an active aerodynamic system that allows for real-time down force adjustments based on actual driving conditions. “The Venom GT is a purpose built thrill ride designed to dominate the competition” says John Hennessey. “This car is for a very select client who demands ultimate performance, but with absolute exclusivity.”

F1 meets road car. To maximize the power-to-weight ratio, the Venom GT utilizes some of the most hightech racing components available today. This includes the use of carbon fiber body panels and hybrid wheels constructed of both carbon fiber and forged-aluminum. Massive Brembo 6-piston alloy brake calipers combine with lightweight carbon-ceramic rotors to give the Venom GT world-class stopping power while simultaneously minimizing curb weight and rotational mass.

The Venom GT has an active suspension system that adjusts ride height according to varying conditions. The system allows a range of adjustment up to 2.4 inches (6 cm), enabling the driver to raise the Venom GT in order to navigate items such as a driveway or a parking garage.

All components aboard the Venom GT are built for purpose, not flash. Lightweight carbon fiber surrounds an alloy shifter that actuates a Ricardo 6-speed manual gearbox. An AP Racing multi-disc clutch transfers the engine’s copious power while remaining easy to modulate.

With lateral acceleration well exceeding 1 g-Force, body support for occupants comes in the form of race-spec, deep-side bucket seats that are constructed of carbon fiber and covered in fine leather.

[sources: LuxuryAutoDirect via Hennessey Performance]







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