SEMA: Hennessey Venom GT now developing 1451 bhp image

Bigger, better, faster – that’s most likely the credo for Hennessey and its Venom GT, one of the most powerful and fast cars in the world, which sits on meager Lotus Elise platform and threatens the supremacy of the all-mighty Bugatti Veyron Supersport.

The American tuning company is getting ready to rock the SEMA show with its updated Venom GT, with the firm saying the bullet car has now been updated to develop a massive 1451 bhp (1082 kW). The 2016 model will amaze the SEMA audience with its addition of another 207 bhp (154 kW) on top of the preceding version which was able to reach a maximum speed of 270.4 mph (435.1 km/h) last year. Now that the record holder – the Veyron – has ended its production run we imagine the updated Venom GT will soon hit the oval in a drive to break the top speed record for a production car. Hennessey announced the updated power comes courtesy of a switch to E85 Flexfuel which in turn allows the increase of the boost pressure of the twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 from 19 to 26 psi. “Being the fastest matters. We are intent on keeping the Venom as the fastest, best performing and most exciting hypercar on the road,” commented John Hennessey in a statement.

The tuner announced the extra oomph will be enough to allow the 2743 lbs (1244 kg) car to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.4 seconds, with a further 0-100 mph (160 km/h) sprint only taking 4.4 seconds and a 0-200 mph time of 12.8 seconds. Estimates for the all-important quarter mile put the updated Venom GT at just 9.4 seconds at 167 mph (268 km/h), with an envisioned maximum speed of more than 280 mph (450 km/h).