When motor vehicle enthusiast Jeff Hattabaugh likes something, you can bet it’s going to be fast, impractical, fast, unsafe, fast, and sporting a pitch black paint job that would make the Boogieman afraid to turn out the lights.
Which is why I couldn’t have been less surprised when I saw this on his Facebook:
Indeed it is. I’d also like to mention I really think it looks like a Porsche Carrera GT… Like, a lot:
I don’t think they’re still making that car, but here’s what Porsche has in the works for its replacement…
Alright enough about the Germans.
The Hennessey Venom GT is an Allied affair; British body, American heart. As I alluded to in the first line, it literally is a stretched Exige with the 725 HP more-than-6-liter monster from the Corvette ZR1 stuffed in the trunk. And you probably don’t need to be reminded that an Exige weighs just over 2,000 pounds (this version is a bit porkier at 2,400 pounds, but who’s counting). And of course it’s all carbon fiber/special steel/big ass Brembo ceramic’ed-out for your driving pleasure.
You’re not impressed, are you?
Yeah, me neither. Then I guess we better order the 1,000 HP version, which exists.
I’ve just scrolled down a bit further on Hennessey’s website…
And yes, there is also a 1,200 HP version. So go home, take out another mortgage, cash in your son’s college fund, and rob your grandma to get a deposit down on this because Hennessey is only turning out ten per year.
Since I know you people feel compelled to know these things, the price is $725,000 for the 1,200 HP model. Don’t worry, you get a free training day at the track included in the price. If you’re lucky enough to take delivery on this car, god knows you’re gonna need it.
That really is a great looking car. And the exhaust… vicious.
For the uninformed, Hennessey is not referring to the liquor brand diversifying into the automotive sector. Hennessey isn’t really an automaker either; they’re a tuner. Hence why this car is a mashup of two that already exist rather than a completely original creation.
They gained fame tuning Dodge Vipers years ago, and have since put their magic touch on all kinds of high-end machines to make them a little nastier.
Learn more about their operation on their very own website.
I look forward to giving you my impressions when Hennessey lets me take their tester out for a spin.