Lotus Elise-based supercar set to be launched at the end of the month
17 March 2010

This is the 262mph, 1000bhp Hennessey Venom GT, a supercar based on the Lotus Elise that is set to be launched at the end of the month.

Very little of the original Lotus now remains from the bulkhead back, with an entirely new rear subframe assembly required to slot the V8 and six speed gearbox into the small car.

See the Hennessey Venom GT teaser picture

Powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the Corvette LS9 engine, Hennessey claims the car has 1000bhp and 950lb ft of torque.

s a result, it's claimed the 1086kg car is fired to 60mph in 2.2 seconds, and onto 100mph in less than 5sec. It reports 0-200mph takes just 14.5secs.

The Venom GT is stopped by 15-inch carbon rotors with six-piston callipers up front and 14-inch carbon rotors with four-pot callipers at the rear.

The Venom GT is expected to be launched on 30 March, and run in public for the first time at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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17 March 2010

Spicy!

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

17 March 2010

That should put the Veyron back in its box

17 March 2010

You think so?

17 March 2010

Oh great, another Elise based car. What's the point of 1000BHP? It'll be permanent wheel spin or the traction control working overtime. Regards, Grumpy.

17 March 2010

[quote Leslie Brook]Oh great, another Elise based car. What's the point of 1000BHP? It'll be permanent wheel spin or the traction control working overtime. Regards, Grumpy.[/quote]

Given how civilised the Zenvo ST-1 is with 1100bhp, albeit limited to a mere 233mph(!), this should be perfectly managable. Personally, I just wish it had a Jag engine instead of the Corvette one, and I wish Lotus were building it themselves. Come on, lads, you show 'em that Hethel is best! The new Esprit had better be epic... or easily tunable. And not powered by the (admittedly wonderful) LS V8. Nonetheless, anything to stop people banging on about the hideous Veyrog, or the equally ugly (and unpleasantly plasticky), but even faster SSC Ultimate Aero TT.

17 March 2010

[quote Leslie Brook]Oh great, another Elise based car. What's the point of 1000BHP? It'll be permanent wheel spin or the traction control working overtime. Regards, Grumpy.[/quote]

So 1500bhp f1 cars couldnt accelerate? Whats known as a "driver" controls wheel spin. There is no traction control, or there neednt be...

When power goes up wheels and tyres are fitted that are designed for the power.

They tyres only last an hour or so, but thats irrelevent. You take many sets with you in your supply lorry.

17 March 2010

What are the chances Toyota will let Lotus loose with the LFA's V10 for the esprit?

I mean it could help recoupe some design and manufacturing costs for Toyota...

17 March 2010

And it'll cost?....thought so!, really it is good to see innovation in the car industry, but these are just big peoples toys,they'll never go on the public road,some will never be even driven they'll just sit in some air conditioned garage not to mention the required driving ability.Years ago they were just concept cars created by designers fantasy cars if you like, never to get passed the concept stage, beautiful, dream about, now they're getting made and sold, where are they sold though?.

Peter Cavellini.

17 March 2010

I dont know how it'll drive, but the looks are very promising. Loved the way the Elise GT1 looked.

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