2008 Hennessey Venom GT Concept

Hennessey Venom GT Concept: a wannabe Veyron killer

Hennessey Venom GT Concept

The first sketch of the long-awaited Hennessey Venom GT ultra-performance concept car has finally been published by the Houston, TX.-based Hennessey Performance Engineering tuning studio.

If the image above makes you feel a vague feeling of deja vu, that’s absolutely okay. Nothing to worry about your mental status, since the new car is indeed based on the gorgeous Lotus Exige two-seater that was first introduced around seven years ago.

While the chassis is the same, the amount of power that it has to cope with, is completely different.

Bugatti Veyron supercar

As the company says in its press release, the concept’s carbon fiber body will house a powerful 1200hp V10 power-plant outsourced from their Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Viper sports car.

The engine will probably seat inside a light weight mid-engine chassis.

The American company plans to make the car a decent competitor to VW’s ultra-expensive Bugatti Veyron sports car.

Considering the vast resources invested by the German Leviathan in the world’s fastest and safest supercar, HPE’s claim seems to go a little bit over the edge.

The company promises that, being 1500 lbs lighter than the Veyron, the Venom GT will feature a stunning 2.7 lbs per bhp power to weight ratio and will be capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds or even less.

It will reach 300km/h in 14 seconds if Hennessey’s estimates are correct. And if the supercar is ever built, that is.

Hennessey plans to build just a pair of demo vehicles to be shown to potential customers sometime in 2009.

If the concept gets the positive publicity, the model will go into an extremely limited production.

I truly hope that this one is not just another piece of vaporware.

Photos: Hennesey, Bugatti

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