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Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

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On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

For the past couple of years, the Hennessy Venom GT has been like a phantom of the supercar world. We don't talk about it nearly as often as cars like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 or Pagani Huayra, but it shows up every so often to remind us of just how powerful and awesome it is. The next stop? The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb this weekend.

Hennessey will enter its insanely juiced up little two-seater in the Hill Climb and has already been out preparing. The video below shows exactly what they've been up to. John Heinricy has taken the wheel and practiced for the upcoming event. Unfortunately, the video starts off as nothing more than a moving slide show of stills that doesn't really show much action. But we do get to see the Venom GT throw 800 horses at the wet, slippery track. And we do get to hear that Lotus-rattling, tuned LS9 doing its thing. Plus, it's only a couple days until Goodwood gets underway (June 30 to July 3), so we should have a better clip this time next week.

Anyone that knows fast cars, knows that there are a few ways of achieving speed, bigger, more powerful engines and less weight being two of the most prominent. Hennessey goes both routes at the same time in the Venom GT, stuffing a massive, all-American, twin-turbo, 1,200-hp GM LS9 V-8 engine in a small, svelte Lotus Elise. It further keeps weight down by using carbon fiber everywhere. It's a pretty insane little car, and its numbers are equally off-kilter, with 2.5-second to 60 mph and 270 mph claims.

Hennessey plans to build just 10 of these little rockets each year for a price somewhere around a million dollars a pop.

Needless to say, any chance to see this car in action, even a short one, is worth taking. Take it now:




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