Venom GT? What's that? Take a long hard look at this video to get a taste of the hype. If you know what the Venom GT is, watch the video anyway. Based on a Lotus Elise (oh so slightly though), it has a 7.0 twin turbo V8 beating in the core pumping a massive 1244bhp. That's right, combined with the low weight, this thing eats the Veyron SS for breakfast. And now I have to do a top speed run. Merciful heavens.
|The looks alone can intimidate you.|
And now, the time arrived. I was in the car, the stripped out interior giving me a constant reminder that this beast doesn't give a toss about your safety or comfort, it just wants to move and move quickly. Firing up the engine made me jump, my palms were sweating. I could just quit and not go through this, right? This is a car to a point where the adrenaline of speed becomes unpleasant. But then, when will I ever have another chance of this?
As the clocks ticked to T-minus seconds, I allowed absolutely no distractions. I even ignored the crew through the headset. This required maximum concentration, and then some. My eyes were fixed on the horizon which was glistening in the Autumn sunshine. It was a cool, sunny day but my god was I feeling cool? Was I hell.
5..4..3..2..1..GO! I ignored all senses to get away and planted my foot down. As my eardrums popped, it became apparent this wasn't a Veyron when it comes to speed. A Veyron feels like a normal car with time sped up by 3 times. The Venom just frightens the hell out of you for every mph you climb, the 7200rpm making itself known. One glance at the speedo - 139mph. Another glance - 204mph. Everything became a blur, even my mind. I was working that 6 speed manual like it was a life or death situation. Frankly, it is; I knew nothing could save me now as I tickled the wrong side of 250mph. I reckon if someone offered me a million pounds during those times, I still wouldn't have dare answered. And the sound. So raw. So loud.
|Speedo up to 270mph? Jesus.|
The end of the runway was in the far distance of the horizon. My senses were all screaming "Stop!", but the crew egged me to keep going; "This thing's got incredible brakes buddy." I really didn't know who to follow. But the end was approaching awfully quickly and so whilst doing 274mph, I jammed on the brakes, still as concious as a zombie to the surrounding world. And my god, what brakes they were. I could swear my stomach went 4 miles ahead of me. I had such force of myself on the seatbelt, it was almost painful.
But when I came to a halt, I didn't get out. I didn't want to. I had just experienced another dimension; I'm not ready to be back on Earth yet.
Venom GT Run Reviewed by Jack Cooper on 04:32 Rating: