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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Hennessey Venom GT?

Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey is a well-known tuner of all things domestic, but recently he set his sights on a supercar of his own, and created what just might be the new high-water mark in hypercar performance.

Hennessey Venom GT Engine

Called the Venom GT, it’s loosely based on a Lotus Elise, though with a tweaked and twin-turbo’ed Corvette ZR1 engine behind the driver making 1,200hp and propelling a 2,548-pound, carbon fiber body, it’s probably closer to a UFO in the book of automotive taxonomy than any four-wheeled vehicle.

Hennessey Venom GT Interior

Add it all up, and you’ve got a $1million Bugatti Veyron beater that will go to 62mph in 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 260mph.

Put me down for two.

[Hennessey – Venom GT]

…The Hennessey Venom GT has arrived?

Hennessey Venom GT

You’ve seen the sketches, but now Hennessey has released the first official pictures of its Venom GT (in matte black!) and they’re as mean as you’d expect a thousand horsepower supercar to be!

Hennessey Venom GT Detail

The Lotus Elise based car, which features the same 6.2 liter LS9 V8 as found in the Corvette ZR1, propels just 2,400 lbs of carbon fiber down the road, which should pretty much guarantee neck snapping performance.

Also guaranteed to snap necks is the rarity, as Hennessey plans to build just ten examples per year, making this not just one of the fastest vehicles you’ll never own, but also one of the fastest vehicles you’ll probably never even get to see.

[Hennessey – Venom GT]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Sector111 Exige?

Sector111 Exige

The Lotus Exige is already a rather remarkable little car, so when you take it and hand it off to a tuner, the results are often mind blowing.

Sector111’s Exige is a prime example of that fact. The track-tuned terror is ready to take on any supercar thanks to a roots hybrid supercharger that brings horsepower up to 240+. (Which doesn’t sound like much, until you remember that the car weights just 2,000 lbs with a full tank and a fat driver.

Sector111 Exige Details

With great power comes great responsibility however, so the Sector111 Exige also includes aerodynamic enhancements like a carbon fiber front splitter, undertray, 5-element rear diffuser, side skirts, rear wing, and arch louvers. In addition, carbon fiber body mods include a CF roof, rear hatch, access panels, and side scoops to keep weight down without sacrificing aerodynamic performance.

An AP Racing Big Brake Kit brings everything to a halt when needed, and a Nitron Exige GT3 triple adjustable suspension system keeps all four wheels planted through even the most pant soiling turns.

Want more?

That’s just too damn bad, because there’s just not much left on the car to modify! (Lightweight valve stems coming soon…)


[Via: Serious Wheels]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lotus Concept Ice Vehicle?

Lotus Concept Ice Vehicle

The Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition plans to cross the icy continent using state-of-the-art bio-fuelled vehicles and cutting-edge communications equipment to raise awareness of how Antarctica’s fate affects the whole environment.

One of those bio-fuelled vehicles is this Lotus Concept Ice Vehicle, or CIV, which will act as a pilot for the two heavier Science Support Vehicles that will also be making the journey.

With a bio-fueled, supercharged BMW 1150 engine driving the propeller to a top speed of 84 mph, trike skids that bring the overall size to a rather svelte 4.5 meters long and 4.5 meters wide, as well as independent suspension all around, it’s got plenty of go to get them there. Plus, with ice penetrating radar to detect any crevasses, a spiked foot for emergency stops on the edge of any detected crevasse, and weight so low (360kg) that a single person can pull it across the ice, it’s got plenty to get them back as well.

Now if only they rented this thing out at the local skating rink…

[Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition – Lotus Concept Ice Vehicle]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lotus Eco Elise?

Lotus Eco Elise

How do you take an already feather-light supercar and reduce the weight by more than 70 pounds?

Easy; just make it more environmentally friendly.

Lotus decided to make an Eco version of their venerable Elise, and in the process, managed to reduce the already svelte curb weight.

Changes include a collection of sustainable materials for the body and trim, including hemp, eco wool, sisal, and a new, high-tech, water-based paint that can be applied by hand and can still achieve the fantastic finish you’d expect from a car of this quality. The new pieces and parts manage to reduce the Elise’s environmental footprint throughout its lifetime, as well as limit the amount of energy used during its production.

Lotus Eco Elise Interior

In addition to the new materials, Lotus has also added a flexible solar panel to the roof that helps power the electric system (less strain on the engine means better efficiency) and added a green shift light (hopefully in addition to the regular, ‘you’re about to blow up your engine’ red shift light) that helps drivers achieve the maximum fuel efficiency while driving the car.

Thankfully the engine and chassis are still the same, and Elise has actually managed to improve the performance by reducing the weight, so you’re still getting one of the best handing cars on the market out of the deal, but if you’d like to save a little Earth while tearing up a little track, the Eco Elise might be just the car you need.

[Lotus – Elise]

[Via: Autoblog]