In 1962, a man from Texas decided he wanted to go fast. Luxury was not on the list of priorities, nor was styling. He thought about only one thing. Power to Weight. By dropping the fastest engine available into a light-weight roadster, Carol Shelby built one of the fastest and terrifying supercar the world had ever seen.
Now, another Texan has arrived, eager to make his mark in the supercar world. John Hennessey has managed to build the fastest car yet, the Venom GT.
It’s powered by a 7.0 liter V8 engine with twin turbos, compressing 10 to 20 pounds of boost, depending on how crazy the driver feels. At full bonkers, this engine produces 1,244 bhp and 1,566 Nm of torque. All this adds up to a claimed top speed of 447 kmph. If this doesn’t excite you, nothing else will.
The Venom GT used a highly modifies Lotus Exige chassis. It tips the scale at just 1,244 kgs, aided by the carbon fibre construction, carbon fibre wheels and clever design. The brakes use 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in the rear with 15 inch carbon ceramic rotors. Its mid-engine V8 is mated to the rear wheels via a 6-speed gearbox.
How does it feel like when you drive the Venom GT? With the turn of a key, the monster of an engine roars to life. From standstill, if you’re brave enough to floor the pedal, you will find yourself at 100kmph in just 2.7 seconds. 300 kmph comes up in a scant 13.63 seconds.The car is preety stable at high speeds due to the long wheelbase. Its good around corners too. Not Pagani Zonda good, but good.
Priced at just over 1.25 million US dollars.