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      03-26-2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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Hennessey's 1000hp Venom GT (An Exige on steroids)

Start with a Lotus Exige. Add one part 1000hp super-charged LS9, six parts pure insanity:

Supposedly it will come in 750hp, 1000hp and 1200hp versions.

http://www.pistonheads.com/news/defa...?storyId=21722

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EXCLUSIVE: DETAILED PICS OF 1000HP VENOM GT

PH spies John Hennessey's new hypercar at Silverstone

As we reported last week, 30 March is the big dayfor tuner John Hennessey's latest project, when his 1000hp Venom GT will be officially revealed.

But the PistonHeads super-sleuths have been hard on the case. PHer Adam Thorby spotted the elusive Venom GT - which is expected to get its first proper public outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed - parked up in Silverstone business park.

These are the most detailed snaps yet of the twin-turbo LS9 V8-powered hypercar, which is based on the humble Lotus Elise.


Although the nose remains recognisably Lotus-derived and the tail is Exige-esque, the proportions are more akin to those of a Porsche Carrera GT, and there is very little Lotus-related stuff from the engine bulkhead back.

Mr Thorby - legend that he is - also found time to take a quick walk-round vid of the Venom, which you can see below.








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      03-26-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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that car is going to be REALLYYY fast... but the body kit is less than desirable.. it looks like a shit kit car (esp the exhaust)...
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      03-27-2010, 12:26 AM   #4
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that car is going to be REALLYYY fast... but the body kit is less than desirable.. it looks like a shit kit car (esp the exhaust)...
I like it, body was based on the exige. It's a longer exige
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I really like the way it look but It needs black mesh or somethings around the taillights and exhaust.
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As a former Exige owner I find this stupid thing appalling... it really looks like crap and goes against everything that Lotus stands for. Speed via lightweight, this is speed via brute force. How American...
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      03-27-2010, 09:15 AM   #7
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It's based on an Elise...
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Are those Dymag wheels? And +1 on the kit car look
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Makes you wonder how they put 1k hp in that lol.
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I hope the headlights don't end up like that. Those are exact replica of Lotus Exige. I dont want a 1000hp rebuilt car to look exactly ike the car that it was built on.
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It's based on an Elise...
Regardless of what the article states, it's based on the Exige. Despite the similar appearance, the only body panels shared between the Elise and Exige are the doors.

Judge for yourself...


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As a former Exige owner I find this stupid thing appalling... it really looks like crap and goes against everything that Lotus stands for. Speed via lightweight, this is speed via brute force. How American...
More of a variation on a theme really. He took the Exige, which already does "adding lightness" to an incredible extent, and then modified it just enough to accommodate the power and size of the engine. Not sure if I would call that blasphemous; the Esprit weighed in at 3000 lbs IIRC.
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I would imagine that the poorly fitting doors and panels are just because this is an early prototype, and not the final product. Lotus knows how to make that stuff so that it fits decently.

I'm not a fan of the builder, but it's hard to deny that this car is going to a holy terror on the race track. The power to weight ratio is out of this world. It's going to take something like a Mosler with a tweaked engine to run with it if the suspension setup is right.
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As a former Exige owner I find this stupid thing appalling... it really looks like crap and goes against everything that Lotus stands for. Speed via lightweight, this is speed via brute force. How American...

It's only 2400lbs! What more can you ask for!

This is lighter than just about any supercar ever produced with these kind of power levels.

Hell the McLaren F1 weight 100lbs more than this. Would you consider that a "brute force" car?!
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I would imagine that the poorly fitting doors and panels are just because this is an early prototype, and not the final product. Lotus knows how to make that stuff so that it fits decently.
My rear deck lid used to pop up randomly while driving and one of the most common problems with the Elise/Exige is that the window does not seal properly (mine had a 1" gap after only 1 week of ownership). Handbuilt cars sound great on paper but are far less charming to own.
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My rear deck lid used to pop up randomly while driving and one of the most common problems with the Elise/Exige is that the window does not seal properly (mine had a 1" gap after only 1 week of ownership). Handbuilt cars sound great on paper but are far less charming to own.
Zonda F is handbuilt I'd take it!
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Regardless of what the article states, it's based on the Exige.
Not what the article says, but everything Hennessey is saying.

But as far as I'm concerned, I suppose it's just semantics.
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Looks like a fucking limo but I'd still hit it
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Looks like a fucking limo but I'd still hit it
WTFS?
When i see it, it looks like a badass batmobile.
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like the looks or not...1000hp + 2400lbs=WTF!
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