Texas-powered: Venom GT2, one of the world’s fastest production supercars

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Four months ago, while you were sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Tollway, Hennessey Performance near Houston was setting speed records. The automotive-engineering company’s street-legal Venom GT — a revved-up supercar built on a modified Lotus Elise/Exige chassis — became one of the world’s fastest production cars after hitting 265.7 miles per hour. Now, our pulses are racing even faster with news of the auto tuner’s second-generation update, the VENOM GT2, due early next year.

The impending pocket rocket gets a 7-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine built in Sealy, Texas, that kicks out a neck-snapping 1,500 horsepower. (Suddenly, the Bugatti Veyron seems a little snail-ish.) As for the restyled and improved carbon-fiber framework, well, that is built in England. What price this multicultural adrenaline rush? The Venom GT2 starts at $1.25 million. You can order locally through a partnership with Sewell Cadillac of Dallas; contact general sales manager Sadallah El-Jundi, at 214-350-2000. (Quickly.) Details at venomgt.com

Christopher Wynn

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