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Hennessey Previews The Electric Venom GT Hypercar

By Paul Pajarillo , Nov 13, 2015 12:32 AM EST

Supercar-maker Hennessey unveils an all-electric Venom GT at SEMA. Although a bit heavier than the Venom predecessor, the car is still a concept and its weight will be altered once lighter battery packs for the vehicle are available.

At SEMA in Las Vegas, John Hennessey vowed 1,000 brake horsepower electric hypercar-potential to be out in the real world very soon. According to Top Speed, Hennessey is considering doing something 'electric.' The company has looked in the green car business and has partners in that related field. However, he is just waiting for lighter batteries to be developed to give the new hypercar more capacity.

The key for Hennessey supercars are its weight and lighter battery technology. At the moment, an all-electric Venom car with enough batteries backing it to give it a decent range weighs more than two tons. That would be too much considering the cars to be lightweight.

The company is also not interested in hybrid technology. Although, the company commends how other carmakers have employed the technology. Other supercar makers like McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari have done a good job in proving that hybrid technology works on such vehicles. Yet, this is no consideration to what the company would be integrating to its new all-electric Venom GT.

Although the Venom GT would be originating its power and designs from the current Venom model, the predecessor is not something to take for granted, Left Lane reported. The present vehicle is powered by a GM-sourced V8 twin turbo 7.0L engine. With 1,451 brake horsepower, the vehicle is already capable of speeds up to 270 miles per hour. This proves that there is plenty of mileage still left in combustion engines.

At SEMA, Hennessey also divulged some information about the F5 supercar. The vehicle was said to be the rival of Koenigsegg Regera and an upcoming Bugatti Veyron hypercar concept. A lot of Venom's technology will be integrated in the F5, but the new vehicle will have its very own tailored chassis, a carbon fiber monocoque, and a single-clutch paddle-shift transmission.

Although the company has yet to specify the new car's power output, the carmaker is in the process of building a prototype for testing in 2016. It is expected for the new car to be seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

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