29 Mar
Texas modifiers ramp up the Viper to 1200 hps

Hennessey Performance Engineering unveiled their new Hennessey Venom GT today, just to make sure Italy, Germany and Japan didn’t have an exclusive stranglehold on all things bad ass. Not fulfilled with simply supercharging Cadillacs, the Hennessey Venom GT is based on a Lotus Elise chassis and powered by General Motors’ mammoth 6.2 L LS9  supercharged V8 — lifted straight from the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1. Not content in letting sleeping dogs lie, Hennessey engineered the LS9 to increase power from the Vette’s 638 horsepower to 725 horsepower. Twin-turbocharged variants of the engine will also be available, producing between 1,000 and 1,200 horsepower. You read correctly: 1200 hps. That is double the power of the Audi R8, and 20% more powerful than the Bugatti Veyron, which is just bonkers. The engines will be produced at the Hennessey Performance Engineering plant in Texas, and shipped to Silverstone, England, where they will be fitted into the Lotus chassis. The finished product is expected to weigh less than 2,400 lbs, for a world class power-to-weight ratio of around 2 lb/hp.

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