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The Lotus Exige in any spec is an extremely quick car in a straight line, but hit anything that resembles a corner and unless you’re in an identical car, you best be driving a fully prepared race car, if you want any hope of keeping up.

Take the Exige S 240 we tested here at CarAdvice last year, 0-100km/h in around 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of close to 240km/h.

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I know what you’re thinking; top speed is not quite the stuff of supercars, but it’s plenty fast enough for most track work in standard guise.

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That’s where experienced tuners like Texas based Hennessey come into the play.

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What this company has achieved with their Lotus Exige based VENOM GT concept car, is astounding. Try 0-100km/h in a Veyron-like 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 440km/h, which literally destroys the Bugatti’s 407km/h maximum speed.

Fitted with Hennessey’s own V8 engine, up to 894kW is available, which when you factor in the car’s weight at 1088 kilograms, this should be an extreme supercar at worst.

If you want one, you’ll need a very large bank account, the projected price will be A$750,000 and yes, it will be available in right-hand-drive.

Pic3 The car is set to debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor show.