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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]

…BRABUS tuned the Tesla?

BRABUS Tesla

Being all-electric didn’t stopped BRABUS from getting their tuner hands on the new Tesla, but is did stopped them from making changes to the drivetrain, suspension, or even a majority of the body panels.

Instead what they focused on was gadgets and gizmos to add to the already gadget and gizmo filled ride.

Changes include a “space sound generator” that gives you the sound of a simulated V8, simulated race car, or two “futuristic soundscapes” named ‘Beam’ and ‘Warp’ when you mash the go pedal, “space lights” (better known as an underbody kit), a new rear spoiler and rear diffuser, front lip and integrated daytime running lights (stolen from Audi), and a custom-tailored BRABUS interior and tire/wheel combo.

Apparently BRABUS felt that the Tesla was some sort of sacred ground, because this is definitely the lightest hand they’ve touched any car with, but hey, at least it’s a start.

Now bring on the widebody kits!

[BRABUS]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…The factory tuners are coming?

To Catch A Preditor

Motive’s article, To Catch A Predator, which is all about the current trend of factories bringing their hot rod building in-house, is another example of why Motive is quickly becoming the place to go on the web for interesting automotive information.

The full range of tuners is covered, including AMG, M Division, John Cooper Works (JCW), Nismo, SVT/Ford Racing, SRT, Quattro GmbH, F, SS, GXP, V-Series, Super, Alpha, STI and Mazdaspeed, so if you’ve got a brand, they’ve got a tuner for you.

Perhaps the muscle car wars aren’t over after all…

[Motive – List: A Look At Factory Hot Rodders]

…Hennessey’s Venom GT looks good?

Hennessey Venom GT

If these concept sketches are any indication, Hennessey is working on a Venom GT that is a pile of speed rolled around in bits of sexy. (Though if you squint a little, it looks like a Lotus Elise on steroids, which also wouldn’t be a bad thing.)

The Viper tuner turned supercar builder is supposedly working on this beast, with a twin-turbo, mid-mounted Viper V10 giving an estimated 0-60 mph time of just 2.4 seconds, and an estimated 0-200 mph time of just 15.7 seconds, with a top speed of 260 mph. (It’s helped by it’s 2,700 lbs. curb weight and 2.7 lbs. per horsepower ratio.)

Will this ever see the light of day?

We can only hope.

[Hennessey Performance Engineering – Venom GT]

[Via: Autoblog]