First Silverstone-built supercar delivered to a customer in the UAE. Plus, new pics
18 June 2010

The first Hennessey Venom GT has been delivered to a customer in the UAE.

The Lotus Elise/Exige-based supercar is built in Silverstone and has been created by company founder John Hennessey.

See pics of the Hennessey Venom GT in action

A twin-turbo V8 engine producing 1184bhp and 1135lb ft of torque powers the first example delivered. It uses a six-speed manual gearbox taken from the Ford GT.

Hennessey claims the Venom GT is capable of getting from 0-62mph in just 2.4sec and from 0-124mph in 7.0sec before reaching a top speed of 272mph. It weighs just 1220kg.

The Venom GT is only loosely based on the Lotus. It uses the Elise/Exige’s interior trim, roof, doors, windscreen, dash and floor. The firm has built all-new lightweight spaceframes for the front and rear, as well as its own suspension systems. The body is carbonfibre.

Hennessey has promised to demonstrate the performance capabilities of the Venom GT in the “near future”.

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16 June 2010

I am looking forward to the full Autocar road test. 124 in 7 seconds sounds quickish

16 June 2010

crazy speed.

think of those times sat at 75mph on the motorway and some car comes shooting past you at 100mph, now think of that instant license losing speeding car getting overtaken in a blur by a supercar doing 170mph. now look at the face of that prison sentence supercar driver unable to even notice the registration of the venom that is going 100mph faster than he is...

as for the grandad doing 56mph for best fuel economy, he is now spinning his wheels on the grass bank from the shockwave.

16 June 2010

Bet Lotus are kicking themselves for not thinking of this varient for this week's Elise Special Edition.

Ah, but Elise is now an all "Green" car and sporty performance is secondary!

16 June 2010

2.4sec 0-60 and 272mph? And a free flying pig presumably. PR babble. When they demonstrate its performance potential, we can all watch as Theory gets a rude awakening from boring old Reality.

16 June 2010

[quote Autocar]It uses the Elise/Exige’s interior trim, roof, doors, windscreen, dash and floor.[/quote]

The interior trim and dash were severely criticised in the recent road test of the Elise as not being fit for a £10k supermini. They are going to be even more inappropriate in a supercar.

16 June 2010

272 MPH in a modified Elise!

Who is going to crash test it, Richard Hammond?

16 June 2010

Yeah right. its one thing to say it can do it but is a very different thing to actually do it. They can bung as many horses in there as they want but how many can they actually get out of the stable and onto the tarmac?

16 June 2010

I can't help think this car is a bit of a joke really. It will be traction limited to somewhere around 100mph. If the gearbox doesn't do a Red Bull on the way I would imagine it will undress itself of its bodywork somewhere above 230mph. There is a good reason why a Veyron costs VW £5m each to make.

16 June 2010

Best place to drive car like this would be the Large Hadron Collider,

I would gladly try one though !

16 June 2010

I am so looking forward to the first official test for this, I think I can also safely say that I am looking forward to seeing it much more than that poor person who actually has to do it!! I have very little doubt that in a straight line the Venom will be able to hit that speed providing the mechanics don't decide to go all French. The power-to-weight ratio alone is enough to suggest the speed is possible; however because it is based on an Elise, the car will become lighter the faster it goes because it will just start disintegrating when it hits about 180! Still, should be good to watch!!


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