Thursday, March 29, 2012

Visit to Hennessey Performance

I took a flight out from Hong Kong to LAX and after the 12 hour flight boarded another plane to Houston Texas the home of John Hennessey and Hennessey Performance. Well actually Hennessey Performance is located about 50 miles west of Houston in Sealy, yes the same place that makes those comfortable beds.

Hennessey Performance is a major tuning house that produces some of the fastest cars in the world, they have done turbo conversions on numerous cars including the Ford GT, Corvette's, Chevy Camaro's, Dodge Vipers, Cadillac CTS, and even trucks like the Ford F150!

The real reason i came to Sealy was to see the Venom GT, this car is nothing like it is in the photos, it's incredibly long and wide compared to what you think it would look like just by viewing pics of the Venom GT on the internet or in magazines, i would say its big as a Lamborghini Murcielago, you have to see the car in person, you will be impressed... Guaranteed!

The first thing i notice is the attention to detail, the engine looks incredible and it looks like a real engine without any plastic or carbon fiber engine covers, what you see is what you get, a 6.2L twin turbo 1200bhp monster. The lines of the body are gorgeous, everyone says it looks like a lotus when looking at the brochure but the fact is when you see the car in person any thought related to the exige just disappears in the back of your mind.

This yellow car is the 4th production model built by Hennessey, it belongs to a client and is used for car shows and for the press so i couldn't drive it, however after a short test ride as a passenger i knew the Venom was nothing like anything i had ever experienced, its hard to describe how fast it is but the numbers do not lie and the fact that it is faster than the Veyron to 300km/h by almost 8 seconds is pure insanity.

John Hennessey will only build 5 of these cars per year and 29 in total, they are very rare and exclusive. Hennessey Performance will build you one to your spec however you like it, red, orange, yellow, pink whatever, the interior is also completely bespoke, this yellow Venom has a black leather and alcantara interior however if you wanted it in full leather thats also okay, and in any color you desire.

If this is your first time reading about the Venom GT please go down and check out my introduction post on the car or the website itself at plus there are a number of great videos on youtube of the car being reviewed.

For now here are some photos i took of the Venom GT and of Hennessey Performance, a big thank you to John Hennessey for showing us the Venom GT and his amazing facility.

DMS Automotive ECU Program | Porsche 997 Sport Classic

This car one rare car, only 250 made and very few were right hand drive like this one. This car was tuned via the OBD II port and uses a Siemens ECU.

DMS Automotive ECU Program | Maserati Granturismo S

Another Maserati Granturismo S we worked on in Jakarta, this car in my opinion has the most intoxicating OEM exhaust i've heard on a car. We can also work on the Grantursmo MC Stradale, please email us for info on any of our programs from DMS Automotive.

DMS Automotive ECU Program | Ferrari F430

He we have a nicely modified F430, this car is located in Indonesia and the owner had us fly over to tune the ECU's on his car. On the 430 increase in power is 40bhp with a lot more torque in the mid range RPM. Its a very fun car afterwards especially in race mode.