The Hennessey Venom GT is likely the fastest, most powerful hybrid ever built, but it doesn't run on batteries.
So then what's with all the hybrid talk? Well, HPE sources its Venom chassis from Britain's Lotus Exige, stretches it out two feet and widens it a foot in order to better encapsulate the massive American GM LS9 V-8. Now that's a hybrid.
In standard form, the supercharged mill is tuned to 725 horsepower. Opt for the higher editions, and HPE slaps on two turbos in place of the blower for either 1000 or 1200 horsepower applications.
Performance figures have yet to be officially set, but engineers are indicating the Venom can hit 60 mph in a scant 2.2 seconds. Of course, that's when the massive Michelins hook up. We're guessing it'll spin its rubber in each of the Ricardo box's six gears. Projected top speed: a Veyron-destroying 262 mph. Don't worry, though. All that velocity is eaten up by 15-inch, six-piston front, four-piston rear, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes.
Its reworked carbon fiber body sucks the Venom GT securely to the ground and is tailored for such extreme high speeds. It was diligently windtunnel tuned and employs an active rear wing to ensure its tail stays planted. Each corner's dampers adjust depending on road condition and its ride height can be raised or lowered for supreme adaptability.
Hennessey is hoping to build only 10 examples per year at its facilities in England. Four have already been sold at around $600,000 apiece, so that means there's six more, if you're seriously interested in this mean little ride.
A world debut is scheduled at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, so stay tuned.
Words: Nate Martinez