Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster vs Venom GT


Venom GT
2.5 s
Stopping power is delivered via Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers in rear clamping down on 15-inch carbon ceramic rotors.
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Top speed

Roadster Base
119 mph
Venom GT
270 mph
” In the case of the Venom GT, less weight means more performance.
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Roadster Base
11.1 s
Venom GT
5.3 s
The Venom GT will have a production curb weight of less than 2,400 lbs (1,071 kilos) aided by its lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels.
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1/4 mile

Roadster Base
12.7 s
Venom GT
9.95 s
The company will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants.
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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Base

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Much higher redline 13,500 RPM vs 7,200 RPM Around 90% more revs
Slightly lighter curb weight 2,500 lb vs 2,743 lb Around 10% 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 119 mph 151 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more powerful engine 1,200 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM Around 4.2x stronger engine
Much more torque 851 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM vs 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM Around 4.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
A lot faster in the quarter mile 9.95 s vs 12.7 s More than 20% faster at the drag strip
Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
A lot faster to 100mph 5.3 s vs 11.1 s 2.1x faster to 100mph
Way more expensive sticker price $950k vs $109k Around 8.8x more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Roadster  vs
Venom GT 
Brand Tesla Hennessey
Price 109,000 950,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008 2010


Body style Coupe Coupe


Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 2 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.65:1
2: 1.71:1
3: 1.23:1
4: 0.94:1
5: 0.77:1
6: 0.63:1
Axle ratio 3.12:1 3.36:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 175/55 16 265/30 19
Rear wheels 406/? 152 345/30 20

road tests

Roadster  vs
Venom GT 
Top speed 119 mph 270 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 9.95 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 2.5 s
0-100mph 11.1 s 5.3 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 2.29 lb/hp
Maximum hp 284 HP @ 8,000 RPM 1,200 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 201 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 851 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Max RPM 13,500 RPM 7,200 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 35%/65% 40%/60%
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion


Air compressor None Turbocharger

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb 2,743 lb
Width 73.7 in 77.2 in
Height 44.4 in 42.5 in
Length 155.4 in 183.3 in
Front track width 57.6 in 63.5 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 110.2 in
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