Here is your chance to own a car that recently held the title of the fastest road-legal car in the world. This Autotrader Find is an extremely rare and extremely fast 2014 Hennessey Venom GT with under 800 miles on the clock. It’s for sale in Murrysville, Pennsylvania with an asking price of $1.25 million.
What is the Hennessey Venom GT?
The Hennessey Venom GT is a very special supercar. It’s based on the Lotus Elise, which is why it’s listed as one on Autotrader. Texas-based speed shop Hennessey Performance Engineering took the simple, lightweight platform of the Elise and built a limited-production supercar that would become the fastest car in the world.
Let’s go over the absolutely bonkers achievements of this car. In 2013, the Venom GT set a Guinness World Record for the fastest road legal car in the world. It achieved this by going from 0-300 km/h in 13.63 seconds. It also broke a Hypercar World Record with a 0-200 mph time of 14.51 seconds. The 0-60 mph time is 2.7 seconds and it can hit 100 mph from a dead stop in just 5.6 seconds. The official top speed is 270.49 mph, but Hennessey claims an estimated top speed of 278 mph.
How is it so ridiculously fast?
The answer lies in its special mid-mounted 7.0-liter twin-turbo LSX V8, which is an iron block version of the LS7 that saw duty in the C6 Corvette Z06 and the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28. This wild engine is linked to a Ricardo 6-speed manual transmission, which is shared with the 2005 Ford GT.
The engine produces a whopping 1,244 horsepower and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. If you’d like to tone things down a bit for driving to the grocery store, you can adjust it from the cockpit to make just 1,000 hp or even a measly 800 hp. By the way, this car has a curb weight of 2,743 lbs, which is about what the Nissan Versa weighs.
Why is it so expensive?
Since this is a rare supercar with hardly any miles on it, you’d expect it to be expensive. However, you might be wondering what justifies its seven-digit price tag. It’s because this is number 9 out of only 13 Hennessey Venom GT models ever built. Frankly, the $1.25M price tag sounds about right for this very special American supercar. Find a Lotus Elise for sale