This Hennessey Ford Mustang Venom GT as it is put through its paces in this speed test.
Any way you cut, this is one seriously fast car–and there’s a story behind this particular mod. Back in 2007, Hennessey Performance was crowned king of the ROAD & TRACK “Speed Kings” with their Venom 1000 Viper. It won by posting the quickest time of the day by running 0 to 200 mph in 20.3 seconds. By comparison, the 2nd place Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was nearly 4 seconds behind the Venom with a time of 24.2 seconds.
With stats like that, it’s only natural to want to improve on perfection, especially when you have one of the only vehicles to beat the Veyron head to head. According to John Hennessey: “One day I joked about putting the Venom 1000 Twin Turbo engine in the back of a Lotus Exige. Then I thought, let’s do a sketch and see what that might look like. When I saw the sketch I stopped laughing and really started to seriously think about this idea. We then had a few more detailed renderings made. And when I saw these drawings, I thought to myself, we can build this car with 1000+ hp and a weight well under 3000 lbs. A mid-engine design like the Ford GT will put the weight of the motor and transmission over the rear tires giving better traction. Design as much downforce as we will need to have a car that handles like a kart on the road or race track. At the same time also have a car with the best power to weight ratio possible giving unmatched acceleration. This is how the Venom GT concept was born.”
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