Video: DRIVE Meets Venom GT Creator John Hennessey

As the man behind one of America’s most respected tuning shops, John Hennessey knows how to make already fast cars into rocketships for the street.


However, for the Hennessey Venom GT, the team decided to create their very first ground up supercar inspired by the design of the Lotus Exige. In the latest episode of After Drive on the Drive network, host Mike Spinelli sits down with John Hennessey to discuss the story behind the Venom GT and its record setting 270 mph run!

In case you needed reminding, earlier this year the Hennessey Venom GT managed to hit a top speed of 270.49 mph at NASA. The space shuttle runway where the car clocked just over 270 mph is 3.22 miles long whereas Ehra-Lessien where the Veyron Super Sport’s top speed was recorded is 5.5 miles long. Additionally, the screaming V8 powered American supercar sprinted from 20 mph to 120 mph in a mere 7.71 seconds as well as from 120 mph to 220 mph in under 10 seconds!

As if you needed reminding, the Hennessey Venom GTs twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8 engine delivers an insane 1,244 hp at 1,155 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Additionally, it weighs just 1,244 kg making for a perfect 1 horsepower per 1 kilogram power-to-weight ratio!

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