With one quick look at the Hennessey Venom GT on a dyno, the age old saying “everything is bigger in Texas” couldn’t ring more true. Not just ‘cause the 270.49 mph, world record holding, Venom GT puts down a subtle 1244 brake horsepower and 1155 ft-lb of torque but also because of that massive flame it throws. The savage power coming from the modified 7.0 liter, twin Precision ball bearing turbo, LSX mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox is music to any automotive enthusiast’s ears.
While on location at the Hennessey Performance Engineering facility in Sealy, TX, for the event known as TX2K, the weather simply wouldn’t cooperate, so we were forced to pack up and entertain ourselves elsewhere. With our britches drenched, the #TeamRevv gear stashed in the transport and our sights set on the streets of Houston, Revvolution president Ryan Randels decided we had nothing else to lose and struck up a quick conversation with TX2K organizer, Peter Blach. Within a few moments, Peter worked his power of persuasion and convinced John Hennessey, the owner of the American tuning powerhouse, to grant us a brief thirty minutes with his latest creation.
Dynos⎯You're either all talk or you know for a fact what your ride puts down. After weaving their way through the crowds, gawking at various cars and popping off the rev limiter a few times to turn heads, entrants pulled up to the garage where techs hopped into the driver’s seats and carefully backed up the cars onto the dyno. The cars are then strapped down, fans are turned on and the techs rip off three different runs. The reading is then written onto the running list of makes, models and horsepower. Typically, dynos are used for tuning tools, much like a tape measure is used for building something with precision, but they also double as fabulous competition power measurement devices. Even then, with so many variations and often inflated power readings these days, it's difficult to truly know how much power a car is capable of. Instead of comparing scurrilous dyno sheets, dyno competitions offer up an opportunity to compare real life numbers, while minimizing the variables. This leads to that unquestionable requirement for facts that are a prerequisite for a true contest.
Official Revvolution.com TX2K13 Event Vid from Days 1 & 2
EVO takes a trip out to Houston, Texas to Hennessey Performance Engineering's shop where they build some of the world's fastest cars. On-tap is a full review of the HPE Venom GT.