Hennessey Venom GT Dresses Up in Red
The tuning company has just released a full set of pictures to show off the bright red chassis number 03. Based loosely on the Lotus Elise, the Venom GT combines the lightweight British-built chassis with a powerful American V8 engine. Hennessey has stayed true to the Lotus philosophy of “performance through light weight” by making all of the Venom GT’s bodywork out of carbon-fiber.
Power comes from a Corvette ZR1 engine which has been dialed up to produce 725 horsepower. If this isn’t enough power for something the size of an Elise, then Hennessey makes a truly monstrous twin-turbocharged version with more than 1,200 horsepower on tap. The company says this is enough for an unbelievable 0 to 60 mph time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 267 mph.
Other features include a Ricardo six-speed sequential gearbox driving the rear wheels, Brembo brakes with 15 inch carbon-ceramic rotors, a programmable traction control system and active aerodynamics and suspension systems. The power is put to the ground via massive Michelin PS2 tires at all four corners. This thing is like a modern-day Shelby Cobra - a mix of British chassis engineering and American power.
❐ Check out the Hennessey Venom GT Dresses Up in Red photo gallery