SEMA 2012: 2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

How quickly can your car accelerate from 0 to 200 miles per hour? If you drive a McLaren F1, it takes 28.0 seconds. If you drive a Bugatti Veyron, it takes 24.2 seconds. The Koenigsegg Agera R is faster still at 17.6 seconds. In the 2013 Hennessey GT Venom Spyder, it takes just 15.3 seconds to hit 200 mph. But when your car costs $1.1 million dollars, you should expect no less.

As you can see, Hennessey Performance Engineering is all about big numbers.

HPE is well known in the automotive industry as the place to go for high-performance upgrades. Their primary business is making turbo kits for Vipers, Corvettes, and even the Ford SVT Raptor. Then a couple of years ago, they set out to build a supercar of their own.

I happened to see their latest creation, the 2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder at the Meguiar’s booth at this year’s SEMA show.

Hennessey started designing their Venom GT around a Lotus Elise body and then put it on a high fiber diet – carbon fiber, that is. The completed car weighs just 2,743 lbs thanks to extensive use of the miracle woven material.

The mid-engine design was key to keeping the car stable at speeds over 200 mph. Hennessey shoehorned their twin-turbo 427 cubic-inch Corvette powerplant into the car which produces an astonishing 1,243 horsepower. It’s akin to riding a rocket when you put your right foot down.

Photographing the car proved to be quite difficult because the thing was so damned shiny, thanks to all of Meguiar’s detailing products. All I could get was a car-shaped reflection of the rest of their booth.

One of the things I enjoy about SEMA is getting to see ridiculous high-end hypercars like this in real life. It’s not something you get to look at everyday, unless you’re Steven Tyler of Aerosmith who just bought one.