“Being the fastest matters,” according John Hennessey, boss at tuning mentalists Hennessey Performance Engineering.
Hennessey already holds the record for the highest top speed achieved by a production car with its Venom GT (unofficially, for complicated reasons) of 270.4mph. But covering the length of a football pitch every second isn’t fast enough for Hennessey.
Weirdly, Hennessey’s spanner-wielders have found more power by making the Venom GT more environmentally friendly. The General Motors-based 7.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine has been tuned to run on more potent, plant-based E85 FlexFuel which allows the blowers to run at higher pressure, a whole 26psi, up from 19psi.
That liberates an extra 207bhp, taking the total output to a simply staggering 1,451bhp. The universe was created with less.
Mr Hennessey says: “We are intent on keeping the Venom as the fastest, best performing and most exciting hypercar on the road.” No kidding! Thanks to GPS-based traction control and a kerbweight of just 1,244kg, Hennessey estimates the 2016 Venom GT will sprint from 0-60mph in 2.4secs, to 100mph in 4.4secs, too 200mph in 12.8secs and to 248mph in 18.1secs. Top speed? Over 280mph.
Unbelievably, the next version of the Venom GT, the Venom F5, will be even faster, Hennessey targeting at least 290mph. If they can find a stretch of road long enough and straight enough.
On show alongside the 2016 Venom GT at the SEMA next week will be 770bhp Mustang Convertible and a 650bhp Ford F150 truck. Like we said, Hennessey are mental. And we wouldn’t change them for the world.
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By Only Motors