10 things we just found out about the Hennessey Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 | Rare Techy
Aftermarket tuning is an important and successful part of automotive culture. Most people do this as a hobby where they order parts online and do their own DIY weekend projects. But some specialists, like Hennessey Performance Engineering, take this practice a little too seriously. They started with mild modifications to cars like the Dodge Viper and grew into an outfit that turns performance vehicles into ridiculous beasts. And they have a knack for choosing appropriate names for their wildest creations.
Hennessey’s latest creation is the Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. It joins an enviable line-up of hot-blooded, heavily modified versions of the vehicles Ford, Chevy, Dodge and other top car manufacturers. It’s one of the most powerful Mustangs Hennessey has ever built, and the equipment just confirmed the car’s production. Here’s what we found out about the Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
10/10 The Venom 1200 enhances the most powerful production Mustang
The current Shelby GT500 rolls off the Ford Performance assembly line with a hand-built supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces 760 ponies and 625 lb-ft of torque. It is by far the most powerful Mustang ever built.
What do you do when you’re Hennessey Performance? You take what is already the best and make it better. After working on so many Mustangs over the course of 30 years in the business, it was only right that they work on the crown jewel of the iconic muscle car.
9/10 The Venom 1200 Shelby GT500 makes over 1200 hp
With 760 hp, the GT500 is already muscling it with exotic supercars. Hennessey’s goal is to make fast cars faster, and by the time the Venom 1200 leaves their facility, it will be unleashing a world-leading 1,204 hp and 902 lb-ft of torque.
That’s 58 percent more power than the stock engine, putting the Venom 1200 in the category of the world’s most powerful cars. If that sounds too scary, Hennessey offers the less miserly Venom 1000, with 1,000 hp.
8/10 Significant powertrain upgrades for the Venom 1200 Shelby GT500
Hennessey’s engineers worked magic coaxing 400 more ponies out of the Shelby GT500’s engine. But it takes more than voodoo and includes a wide range of comprehensive factory reset improvements. Notable upgrades include a higher-output 3.8-liter supercharger, a high-flow intake system, an air-oil separation system, and new fuel lines and injectors.
The transmission gets heavy-duty fittings, lines, belts, tensioners and a dual-clutch transmission upgrade to handle the increased output. And the cars are calibrated on an in-house dyno before they go road testing.
7/10 The Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is relatively affordable
The stock Shelby Gt500 is already a bargain with an original MSRP of $79,420. The price of European cars with their performance is over two hundred thousand. Now the Hennessey Venom 1200 opens up new levels of performance and remains relatively affordable.
Hennessey has set a starting price of $59,950 for Venom 1200 upgrades, with the exception of the Ford Shelby GT500. That means you can drive this 1,200hp beast for around $140,000, which is relatively affordable compared to modern 1,000+hp hypercars that cost seven figures.
6/10 The Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 gets a unique exterior badge
Only a handful of vehicles deliver the level of performance derived from the Venom 1200. So it has to stand out in every way, and Hennessey offers the Venom 1200 a unique model-specific exterior badging.
It also gets a special serial number plate to help differentiate it from the regular Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
5/10 There are only 66 examples of the Venom 1200 Shelby GT500
We recently saw Shelby America announce a twin-turbocharged 1300hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Code Red with an extremely limited run of only 30 examples. The fewer there are, the more attractive and desirable they become.
Hennessey understands this and they plan to build only 66 examples of the Venom 1200. Plus, each car takes a lot of time and effort to make, and Hennessey Performance is just a small outfit compared to mass-production juggernauts like Ford.
4/10 Heritage 1966 24 Hours Of Daytona Livery
The Ford GT40 MK II is one of the most important cars in Ford motorsport history. Some of its exploits included ending Ferrari’s dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1966 Daytona 24 Hours.
Hennessey offers the Venom 1200 in the iconic red, white and black livery to pay homage to the GT40 MK II. It’s an optional upgrade for $4,950 and features press images released by the outfit.
3/10 The Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 comes with a one-year warranty
Hennessey puts the Venom 1200 through rigorous testing to make sure everything works perfectly. Nevertheless, the owners of such a powerful car push it to the limit, and something can easily break. The Texas-based outfit offers customers a one-year or 12,000-mile comprehensive warranty.
If you want more support, you can opt for the smaller Venom 1000 sibling, with a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty.
2/10 Joins Hennessey’s growing range of ultra high performance vehicles
Hennessey started with light modifications in John Hennessey’s garage and grew into a serious outfit that has transformed over 12,000 vehicles for performance enthusiasts. Their current catalog ranges from their in-house developed Venom F5 Roadster to modified Corvettes, Challengers, Ford Trucks and Ram Trucks.
All of these vehicles deliver excellent results, so the Venom 1200 is in good company.
1/10 The Venom 1200 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available for delivery
The SEMA 2022 event starts in a few days, in the first week of November. You can bet your money that Hennessey will be showing off this beast in one of the booths at the show.
In a press release, Hennessey announced that the car is ready for international shipping through authorized Ford dealers and directly from Hennessey.