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by Karl Peskett

This, folks, is automotive insanity – the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT. A car which weighs just 1220kg and produces around 1030bhp.

The result is a blistering 0-100km/h run of just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 418km/h. Those figures are a little down on Hennessey’s previous estimates for the 1200bhp version, as this seems to be the middle specced option, but they’re still eye-wateringly quick.

Three versions are expected: a 725hp, 1030hp and range topping 1200hp. This, the first car off the production line, is the middle spec, but don’t think it’s any less special.

The secret behind the Venom GT’s big mumbo is the whopping 6.2-litre V8 crammed into the rear of the car. Now that in itself is not all that special, but when you’ve added twin turbochargers and it’s basically a stretched Lotus Elise, you start to realise that you’re going to need a very good stabilty control system, or have the Stig’s supernatural driving talent.

Hennessey has just released these photos of build number one, with some of the beautiful details showing that this is not just another kit car. The carbon fibre work is just exquisite, and the deployable rear spoiler shows just how much of an engineering project this car really is.

Hennessey has previously announced that Australia will be one of its markets, however with around 10 being built each year, it may be a while before we see one down under.

Click here to have a look through the full gallery.

2011 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications
Engine
Block
Size
Position
Compression
Redline
Forced Induction
Oiling System
Valvetrain
Fuel System
Chevrolet LS V8
Aluminum
376 CID (6.2 Liter)
Mid Longitudinal
8.8:1
7,200 rpm
Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
Dry Sump
OHV, 2 Valves per Cylinder
Sequential Multi-Port Electronic Fuel Injection
Power
Horsepower
Torque
Specific Output
BHP / Weight
Boost
Fuel
1,030 bhp @ 6,500 rpm (933 rear wheel hp)
972 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm (874 rear wheel lb-ft)
166 bhp / Liter
767.23 hp per ton (2.61 lbs / hp)
16 psi (1.1 bar)
93 octane
Transmission
Type
Gear Ratios
Final Drive
Ricardo 6-Speed Manual
2.61:1, 1.71:1, 1.23:1, 0.94:1, 0.77:1; 0.63:1
3.36:1
Speed by Gear
Redline
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7,200 rpm
68 mph
104
145
190
232
260 (6,600 rpm)
Performance
0 – 100 km/h
0 – 200 km/h
0 – 300 km/h
2.9 sec
7.0 sec
14.9 sec
Aerodynamics
Drag Coefficient
Downforce
0.36 (rear wing down); 0.43 (wing raised)
1,492 lbs @ 150 mph
Brakes
Calipers
Rotors
Brembo 6-piston (all 4 corners)
15.0 x 1.34 in Carbon Ceramic (all 4 corners)
Suspension
Type
Ride Height
KW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover (all 4 corners)
Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm)
Dimensions
Length
Width
Wheelbase
Track – Front
Track – Rear
15.27 ft (4,655 mm)
6.43 ft (1,960 mm)
110.24 in (2,800 mm)
63.46 in (1,612 mm)
63.15 in (1,604 mm)
Weight & Measurements
Curb Weight
Dry Weight
F/R Balance
Fuel Capacity
2,685 lbs (1,220 kilo)
2,524 lbs (1,147 kilo)
37/63 (empty); 44/56 (with driver & passenger)
18.5 gal (70 liter)
Wheels & Tires
Tire – Front
Tire – Rear
Wheel – Front
Wheel – Rear
235/30/20 Michelin PS2
335/30/20 Michelin PS2
8.5 x 20 in
12.5 x 20 in



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