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

Hennessey Venom GT Chassis 1 - 1

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.

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2011 Hennessey Venom GT Specifications

Block

Size

Position

Compression

Redline

Forced Induction

Oiling System

Valvetrain

Fuel System

Horsepower

Torque

Specific Output

BHP / Weight

Boost

Fuel

Type

Gear Ratios

Final Drive

Redline

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

0 - 100 km/h

0 - 200 km/h

0 - 300 km/h

Drag Coefficient

Downforce

Calipers

Rotors

Type

Ride Height

Length

Width

Wheelbase

Track - Front

Track - Rear

Curb Weight

Dry Weight

F/R Balance

Fuel Capacity

Tire - Front

Tire - Rear

Wheel - Front

Wheel - Rear
EngineChevrolet 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
Power1,030 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
TransmissionRicardo 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 Gear7,200 rpm

68 mph

104

145

190

232

260 (6,600 rpm)
Performance2.9 sec

7.0 sec

14.9 sec
Aerodynamics0.36 (rear wing down); 0.43 (wing raised)1,492 lbs @ 150 mph
BrakesBrembo 6-piston (all 4 corners)15.0 x 1.34 in Carbon Ceramic (all 4 corners)
SuspensionKW Variant 3 Adjustable Coilover (all 4 corners)Adjustable by 2.4 inches (60 mm)
Dimensions15.27 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 & Measurements2,685 lbs (1,220 kilo)

2,524 lbs (1,147 kilo)

37/63 (empty); 44/56 (with driver & passenger)

18.5 gal (70 liter)
Wheels & Tires235/30/20 Michelin PS2

335/30/20 Michelin PS2

8.5 x 20 in

12.5 x 20 in

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