Whenever people talk about cars and how fast they go, they usually talk about horsepower, 0-60 times, quarter-mile times and engine size.
What is rarely ever discussed is simple power-to-weight ratios.
The power-to-weight ratio is basically the calculation of how powerful an engine is versus how heavy a vehicle is. Obviously, the greater the power and the lighter the vehicle, the faster the vehicle is going to go. A perfect example of vehicles with great power-to-weight ratios are motorcycles, the Ariel Atom and the Lotus Elise.
Now if you could liken the Lotus Elise to a quick sprinter, the Hennessy Venom GT can be compared to a sprinter on steroids, cocaine and 6 bottles of Monster being chased by a jaguar that is hungry.
How can I make such a bold analogy? It’s simple – the Hennessy Venom GT has the frame and body of a Lotus Elise (which weighs about 2,400 lbs) with the engine of a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 (the same engine in the Corvette ZR1). More specifically, the power-to-weight calculation for this car is about 745.69 kW/1,071 kilos, or 0.69kW/kg.
To put things into perspective, a Formula 1 car has a power-to-weight ratio of 0.93 kW/kg and a Suzuki Hayabusa has a power-to-weight ratio of 0.3051 kW/kg. The Hennessy Venom GT lies somewhere in-between. For anyone that knows cars and motorcycles, you know that being within the range of those two vehicles puts you into an elite class of speed.
Translation: you are going to need a helmet, fire proof suit, safety crew and God when you drive this car around the track.
For more information, you can visit the official website for the Hennessy Venom GT online. You can also view the original article I read this morning on DUB daily that nearly made me pee myself after I read the stats about the car.