Insider Report: Watch the Hennessey Venom GT blast from 0-370 km/h
When a car tuner of the highest order gets to a certain point, they are only limited by their own imagination. In some cases, these guys decide the time has come to make the jump from tuner to actual manufacturer and build their own cars. John Hennessey reached that point and worked with his team to create the simply wicked Venom GT.
Says Hennessey: The Venom GT simply expresses the supercar I have always dreamed of building: A nimble, lightweight, mid-engine chassis with a powerful American V8 engine and a maximum power-to-weight ratio as its cornerstone.
To say that the Venom GT is all Hennessey is sort of like saying the Cobra was all Shelby. The concept is the same, take a small, lightweight British car and stuff a massive American V8 under the bonnet. In this case, the base car is a Lotus Elise or Exige that has been heavily reworked. Under the skin lies an all aluminum 427 CI V8 that sports a pair of turbos and generates a staggering 1,244 horsepower. The result is a machine unlike any other, that moved from a stop to 200 km/h faster than most cars make it to 100. At 13.48 seconds 0-200, the Venom GT is almost 11 seconds quicker than the Bugatti Veyron.
Hennessey has just released this short video of the beast during traction control testing. The speed of this machine is mind blowing!
Car plays Jingle Bells with exhaust
By now, most gearheads have seen the videos of F1 teams using their computers to play music with their race car’s exhaust note that started cropping up a couple of years ago. I’m surprised it has taken this long for this to catch on in the “normal” world.
Not too much else to say here but: watch this guy make his car sing Jingle Bells!
The Red Bull Racing Story
Speaking of F1 teams and video, few have an online video presence anywhere near as cool as Red Bull Racing. Essentially a trailer for an upcoming film, The Red Bull Racing story features RBR Team Principal, Christian Horner, designer par excellence Adrian Newey and drivers Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel talking about the ups and downs of becoming a championship winning team. This may not be quite as dramatic as unleashing David Coulthard into the Lincoln Tunnel in an F1 car, but it certainly gives a glimpse into the emotions the team has had to go through. That in itself is pretty exciting.