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Re: Venom GT verses rivals
Weld_1   3/11/2014 1:06:22 PM
I may be on an island alone but $1.2M for a re-bodied and tuned Lotus Exige???  There are some truly spectacular pieces of rolling art and engineering for that money (Mclaren P1, La Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Pagani..etc) that give a sense of exclusivity and excellence.  Heck, the Venom uses a Chevy Corvette/Camaro LS engine with a transmission from a Ford GT.  Where is the $1.2M?  The car still has the Lotus title after you buy it from Hennessey.  Who cares about 270MPH from any amount of Hp.  The development time and money would have been better spent making a "full package" car.  Something beautiful, fast, and functional for the viewing and driving pleasure of generations to come.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   3/11/2014 10:33:14 AM
I don't think the average person can truly appreciate just how fast 270MPH really is.  It'd be like telling an 1820's pioneer in a Conestoga wagon that vehicles of the future will travel at 70MPH; they just don't have any conceptual frame of reference for what it actually means. There's nothing in our routine lives I can think of that parallels this; even commercial airplanes during take-off don't go this fast.

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Re: Venom GT verses rivals
Jim_E   3/11/2014 10:30:16 AM
If you want to do comparisons, don't forget about motorcycles.

You can't beat the bang for buck performance of a modern motorcycle!

Check out the stats from a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000: (maybe an optimistic MCN test)
Quarter mile: 9.55sec @ 143.02mph   0-60mph: 2.35sec

Modern "liter-bikes" regularily break the ten second quarter mile and are under three seconds 0-60, at a price under twenty grand.  Amazing!

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Re: Venom GT verses rivals
Charles Murray   3/10/2014 6:36:25 PM
Great information. It's amazing to see the 0-60 mph time of the supercars. Thanks, far911!

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Venom GT verses rivals
far911   3/10/2014 1:21:45 PM

Fastest Cars

  1. 2002 Lingenfelter Chevrolet Corvette   0-60 mph 1.97   Quarter mile 9.1
  2. 2002 Dodge Viper Hennessey Venom 1000TT   0-60 mph 2.2   Quarter mile 9.4
  3. 2012 Ariel Atom 500 (V-8)   0-60 mph 2.3
  4. 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport   0-60 mph 2.4   Quarter Mile 9.6
  5. 2009 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4   0-60 mph 2.4   Quarter mile 10.1
  6. 2007 Caparo T1   0-60 mph 2.5
  7. 2012 Hennessey Venom GT   0-60 mph 2.5
  8. 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport   0-60 mph 2.5
  9. 2013 Caterham Seven R600 Roadster   0-60 mph 2.5
  10. 2006 Ultima GTR 720   0-60 mph 2.6   

The data above shows that if a venom may touch 0-60mph in 1.97 sec. it may cross the barrier of 270 mph with ease.

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Fast and serious
far911   3/10/2014 1:16:19 PM
It must have been great riding rather driving this one on such a high speed . But is it only meant for trial shows or we will get to get the feel of it on real roads.

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naperlou   3/10/2014 11:39:55 AM
Chuck, that is great!  Thanks for the article.  I watched the video.  My sons are avid watchers of Top Gear who do a lot of super car reviews.  I can't wait to see them do this one. 

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