2013 Venom GT Spyder – Bowtie Power + Lotus Frame=No More Veyron
Published October 6, 2012
The Hennessey Venom GT coupe will be getting a companion for 2013. The 2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder has some big shoes to fill as far as popularity, as the Venom GT coupe was a hot commodity the minute its wheels hit the ground the first time. While only five are being built, two of them were spoken for long before the building even began. Considering they will start at about $1.1 million, selling five of them nets more profit than some small countries I am sure. The first deliveries began in August of 2012, with one of the first customers being Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler. One might consider the 2013 Venom GT Spyder as sort of a Frankencar considering the menagerie of pieces parts they have put together, but its one hell of a fast Frankencar. I guess the fact that it has a top speed of 275mph AND it is a convertible cancels out the fact that it resembles a mad scientist’s creation.
Powering this Hennessey-built supercar is a 1200hp, 6.2-liter LS2 V8 Chevrolet engine that produces 1,155 lb-ft of torque (no, this is not a typo) at 4200rpm controlled by a 6spd Ricardo transmission. The extra horsepower is thanks to two Garrett turbochargers. For those of you that do not understand all the technical specs, that translates to 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds, in other words its f$&*(#& fast. This also means that for those of you with a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport obsession, you might want to compare some numbers because the Bowtie will beat your Bugatti’s ass. Sorry. Not really. The 2013 Venom GT Spyder is built on a Lotus Elise frame with carbon fiber body panels, which helps to maintain its slim weight of just 2,685lbs.
To keep all that power under control are Brembo vented carbon ceramic brakes which are capable of more than adequate braking power at even high speed. It also features an adjustable rear wing like its Coupe comrade, which helps to keep it on the road and helps to slow the rocket down. It also features Penske height-adjustable coilover suspension that includes a front-end lift to make sure that you do not cause costly damage due to driveways or speed bumps. To keep it on the road, add some Michelin PS2 tires mounted on 20-in rims. It is also equipped with additional radiators, ductwork and cooling lines to keep the monster engine sitting behind you nice and cool. Like the McLaren F1, it also has 24kt gold leaf heat shields in the engine compartment. Considering the price of the 2013 Venom GT Spyder, something should be gold plated for s*$)’s sake.
Therefore, for those of you with the disturbing Veyron obsession, perhaps you should take a look at the 2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. The Veyron needs two engines to do what the Venom GT Spyder can do with one, huh, who would have thought. The Veyron is old news, how about some American muscle to put it the Veyron where it rightly belongs, the rearview mirror. You probably drive a four-cylinder anyway. . .