Road Tests Real world tests of Elise vs Venom GT

0-60mph

Elise
6 s
Venom GT
2.5 s

Top speed

Elise
124 mph
Venom GT
270 mph

0-100mph

Elise
17.4 s
Venom GT
5.3 s

1/4 mile

Elise
14.4 s
Venom GT
9.95 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Lotus Elise

Reasons to consider the
Lotus Elise

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Significantly lighter curb weight 1,591 lb vs 2,743 lb More than 40% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Hennessey Venom GT

Reasons to consider the
Hennessey Venom GT

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Faster top speed 270 mph vs 124 mph 146 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 1,200 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 118 HP @ 5,500 RPM Around 10.2x stronger engine
Much faster to 100mph 5.3 s vs 17.4 s 3.3x faster to 100mph
Much faster in the quarter mile 9.95 s vs 14.4 s More than 30% faster at the drag strip
Much more torque 851 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM vs 122 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM Around 7x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much bigger engine 6,205 cc vs 1,800 cc Around 3.5x bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Elise  vs
Venom GT 
Brand Lotus Hennessey
Year 1996-2001 2010

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.48 lb/hp 2.29 lb/hp
Maximum hp 118 HP @ 5,500 RPM 1,200 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 122 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM 851 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 7,200 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,800 cc 6,205 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1 9.2:1
Bore/stroke 3.15 in / 3.52 in 4.1 in / 3.6 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,591 lb 2,743 lb
Width 67 in 77.2 in
Height 47.3 in 42.5 in
Length 146.7 in 183.3 in
Front track width 56.7 in 63.5 in
Wheelbase 90.6 in 110.2 in

road tests

Elise  vs
Venom GT 
Top speed 124 mph 270 mph
1/4 mile 14.4 s 9.95 s
0-60mph 6 s 2.5 s
0-100mph 17.4 s 5.3 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Axle ratio 3.94:1 3.36:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 381/? 279 265/30 19
Rear wheels 406/? 356 345/30 20
Lotus Elise
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Hennessey Venom GT
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