The Hennessey Venom GT is a Lotus Exige-based hypercar created by Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering. It is known for being one of the fastest production cars in the world.
- Text originally from the Hennessey Venom GT's Wikipedia page.
The Hennessey Venom GT's chassis is a heavily modified version of the Lotus Exige's chassis. Hennessey claims that the chassis uses components from the Exige, including the roof, doors, side glass, windscreen, cockpit, floorpan, HVAC system, wiper, and headlights. Hennessey and the Venom GT are not affiliated with Lotus Cars.
The Venom GT uses carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, along with Brembo six-piston brake calipers in the front and four-piston brake calipers in the rear.
The Venom GT uses a twin-turbocharged 7.0L (7,011 cc) GM LSX engine that is sometimes incorrectly thought to be a variation of the GM LS7 engine with which it shares some similarities. The engine produces 1244 hp (928 kW) at 6,600 rpm and 1155 ft·lb (1566 N·m) at 4,400 rpm. The mid-mounted V8 is mated to the rear wheels with a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission, the same one used in the Ford GT.
On January 21, 2013, the Venom GT set a Guinness World Record for the fastest production car from 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) with an average acceleration time of 13.63 seconds. In addition, the car set an unofficial record for 0-200 mph (0-322 km/h) acceleration at 14.51 seconds, beating the Koenigsegg Agera R's time of 17.68 seconds, making it the unofficial fastest accelerating production car in the world.
On April 3, 2013, the Venom GT hit 265.7 mph (427.6 km/h) over the course of 2 miles (3.2 km) during testing at the United States Naval Air Station Lemoore in Lemoore, California. Hennessey used two VBOX 3i data logging systems to document the run, with VBOX officials on hand to verify the numbers.
On February 14, 2014, on the Kennedy Space Center's 3.2 mi (5.2 km) shuttle landing strip in Florida, the Venom GT was recorded as doing a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h), but in only a single direction. As the run was done in only one direction and only 16 Venom GTs have been sold to date, it does not officially qualify as the world's fastest production car in the Guinness Book of Records.
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The Hennessey Venom GT was added in the Fuel Events Update as high Class S car with the following rank statistics:
- Starting rank: 1555
- This was changed to 1562 in Showdown Update.
- MAX rank: 1674
- This was changed to 1682 in the Showdown Update.
- MAX+PRO rank: 1751
- This was changed to 1763 in the Showdown Update.
- Tuning Kit bonus: +27
- This was changed to +38 in the Showdown Update.
- Speed Modifier: 85.74%
- This was removed in the 2019 Holiday Update.
- Nitro Efficiency: 9/12.5/18
As of the Fifteenth Anniversary Update, the Venom GT is now a mid Class A car.
While the Venom GT has decent acceleration and handling, it suffers from mediocre nitro efficiency, which can spell serious trouble if the Venom GT runs out of nitro while accelerating. This leaves the Venom GT at the mercy of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe Touring Car 2014, which has the same total speed with better overall stats.
The Venom GT is a poor choice for multiplayer with its lackluster performance as it will be put in races with the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4, Audi R8 e-tron Special Edition, 2018 McLaren X2, Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition, Aston Martin Vulcan, Apollo Intensa Emozione, and Rezvani Beast Alpha; none of which it can compete against.
The Venom GT is required for completion of Season 6: Adrenaline of Career mode. It is also one of the Enduro Cars used in the Enduro Double Down event for the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid, details of which can be found here.
The Venom GT counts towrads the New World Glory collection.
The Hennessey Venom GT had an original buying price of 3,000,000 but has been reduced to 1,450,000. It was removed from the Garage in the 2019 Holiday Update for non-owners but was made temporarily available during the Fifteenth Anniversary Update for 5,000,000. As of the Wild Cards Update, it is no longer purchasable.
The Venom GT was on sale for a limited-time during the following periods:
During the 2022 Lunar New Year Update, the Venom GT can be purchased for 20,000
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