Lotus Exige based supercar to debut at 2010 Geneva Motor Show?

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venom2Two years ago, infamous tuner John Hennessey announced plans to produce his own supercar named the Venom GT. According to information released today by Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), the finished car will make its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

UPDATE: Press release now added

As you can see in these official renderings from HPE, the Venom GT bears more than a passing resemblance to a Lotus Exige despite HPE’s insistance that they are “not affiliated with Lotus Cars” on the project. The image at the top even features a British flag in the background – a clear nod to Lotus. Assuming the Venom GT ever makes limited production, perhaps Hennessey’s plan is to heavily modify already-built Exige models and create something similar to Ruf’s wild CTR 3.

The Texas-based tuner forecasts an ambitious spec sheet for the Venom GT, with a curb weight below 2400 lbs, power up to 1200 hp, and a 0-60 MPH time of 2.2 seconds. While power was originally slated to thunder from a twin-tubocharged 8.4L Dodge Viper V10, the updated specs call for three V8s. The base engine will be a 700 hp version of the LS9 supercharged V8 found in the Corvette ZR1. Hennessey did not elaborate on the other two engines.

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A six-speed manual transmission will channel power to the ground while braking will be accomplished by 14 inch carbon rotors clamped by six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear.

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PRESS RELEASE

Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) will be unveiling its VENOM GT supercar to the public for the first time at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The VENOM GT will be powered by Hennessey’s specially-tuned version of the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine, which will be both supercharged and twin-turbocharged. With over 1,000 bhp of power on tap, and a curb weight under 2,500 lbs, the mid-engine VENOM GT will boast an astounding power-to-weight ratio of less than 2.5 to 1.

“It goes without saying that I am not the first Texan to come up with the idea of marrying a powerful American V8 with a light-weight British chassis,” says company founder, John Hennessey, referring to legendary tuner Carroll Shelby. “However, I am confident that automotive fans around the world will find our forthcoming VENOM GT to be every bit as earth-shattering as the 289 AC Cobra was back in the early 1960′s”.

The company currently has three orders for the VENOM GT, which is based on a radically modified Lotus Exige S chassis. Cost for the base vehicle with 1,000 bhp is $600,000 US Dollars.

About Hennessey Performance Engineering
HPE is one of the world’s premier automotive aftermarket tuners. The company, founded by John and Hope Hennessey, builds some of the world’s fastest and most powerful sports cars, muscle cars and sport-utility vehicles that have been praised by the automotive media as well as have set numerous world first’s and/or world records. HPE is located at Lonestar Motorsports Park in Sealy, Texas, (just west of Houston, Texas).

2011 Venom GT Specifications:

Vehicle Type:
• Mid-engine, rear-drive; 2-door, 2-passenger

Dimensions:
• Curb Weight: 2395 lbs

Engine:
• Hennessey 1000 HP V8 Twin Turbo System
• Dry Sump Oil System

Transmission:
• 6-speed Manual

Brakes:
• Front – 15 inch carbon rotors with 6-piston calipers
• Rear – 14 inch carbon rotors with 4-piston calipers

Power:
• 1000 bhp @ 6600 rpm
• 950 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm

Estimated Performance:
• 0-60 mph: 2.2 sec.
• 0-100 mph: 4.9 sec.
• 0-150 mph: 7.9 sec.
• 0-200 mph: 14.5 sec.
• Top Speed: 262 mph

Purchase Details:

Base Price: $600,000 US Dollars

Build & Payment Schedule: Allow 9 month build time. A $200,000 US Dollar payment is due to confirm an order. A $200,000 payment due after 4 months. Final payment due upon completion.

Options:
• 1200 bhp Engine Upgrade (must use 98 octane fuel): $125,000
• Right Hand Drive: $24,500
• Air Freight Shipping: Call

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