After burner: Hennessey Venom GT
TG grabs the almost-production-ready Venom GT to find out how 1,030bhp deposits itself on Silverstone’s tarmac...
Posted: 25 Oct 2012
The acceleration is wonderful, gaining momentum the further you reach through the rev-range, punching expletive-hard from 3,500rpm, before topping out in a fizzing spray of white-noise boost, capped by the explosive ‘ktch-sssssh' of the dump valves. The noise isn't evocative of anything in particular, just an engine doing its very best to divest itself of gas as quickly as possible. The turbos rob any sonorous V8 warble, but in doing so they hike the power to quite scary levels.
But it still doesn't feel like the full hit. And the suspension is clearly set up to understeer itself out of trouble - it's very soft. Great for drag racing, but it porpoises around corners. Hennessey knows. But he's set the car up soft, to try to break everything in gently, to try to get his head around the engineering necessary to get 1,000bhp to the floor at super-200mph without creating a monster that nobody can control. Engineering this serious isn't the work of a day.