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Hennessy Venom GT To Appear at SEMA

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On: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 9:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessy Venom GT To Appear at SEMA

The SEMA show, which begins next week in Las Vegas, has a reputation for showcasing some of the most outlandish tunes and mods in the world. So it's fitting that the Venom GT, a supercar from tuning firm Hennessey, will appear at the show. The Venom GT may not look that strange when compared to the other cars of the show, but underneath, it's one of the wildest auto creations of modern times: a 1,200-horsepower engine tucked behind the seats of a Lotus Exige two-seater. The car bows at 11:15 a.m. on November 2.

Hennessey released the details of the Venom GT at SEMA several years ago, and has since updated the media with renderings, pictures and information. This year's SEMA show will mark its first auto show appearance. An unlikely combination of all-out American muscle and light, compact British motoring, the Venom GT combines a tuned version of the 6.2-liter V8 LS9 engine from the Corvette ZR1 and a Lotus Exige chassis. Not content with the stock engine, Hennessey adds two turbochargers and boosts output up to 1,200 horses and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. In a car that weighs just 2,685, that's 2.24 pounds per horsepower--well under the world-record-holding Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. To keep weight down, Hennessey used materials like carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum for the build.

Other standard equipment on the Hennessey includes a six-speed gearbox, specially tuned KW adjustable coil-over suspension, Brembo brakes with carbon ceramic rotors and Michelin PS2 tires. The car's exterior lets everyone around it know that it's no standard Exige, what with its huge rear diffuser and adjustable rear wing.

As you could imagine, the tiny car with massive engine delivers supercar numbers: 62 mph in 2.4 seconds ( faster than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4) and a top speed estimated around 262 mph--close to world record territory. The price tag and production numbers for the Venom GT are equally supercar-esque. The company plans to build just 10 models per year, selling them to well heeled customers for a rumored million dollars a pop. That money helps you to pay the costs of a car that travels around the world and back: the engines are built at Hennessey's plant in Texas and then sent off to the U.K. to be fitted to the Lotus cars.

To whet your appetite for powerful SEMA debuts, check out the video clip below. That rattling grumble is priceless.

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