Meet the Hennessey Venom GT's long lost baby brother.
While most of us would love to own a Hennessey Venom GT, a mere 13 of these Lotus Elise-based supercars were built and prices tend to hover around the $1 million mark when one comes up for sale. Sure, the 1,451 horsepower 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 makes it one of the fastest cars ever created but few will ever experience its awesome performance potential.
Not to worry though because we have just found its little brother for sale on eBay. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, this 2005 Lotus Exige comes packed with a turbocharged Honda K20 motor which gives it about a third of the performance of the Venom GT but at 25th of its price.
Ok, so you won’t be setting any world speed records in it but with a claimed 330-wheel horsepower (that should be roughly 390 hp at the crank) and with a curb weight of only 1,900 pounds, this little Lotus has a power-to-weight ratio of 450 hp per tonne. That is better than what you get in a Ferrari 458 Italia and combined with the razor-sharp handling it would make for a serious track weapon.
The seller did the conversion back in 2016 when the original Toyota 2ZZ blew, and instead of just slapping in the Honda engine he went to great lengths to ensure that every component can stand up to the rigors of track driving.
Aside from the K20A2 engine, which was sourced from a 2003 Acura Integra RSX-S, the car has a Garret 60-1 turbo with an air-to-air intercooler, Wiseco pistons, K20 transmission (with updated gearing), Wavetrac LSD and a competition clutch and flywheel. The current asking price is $40,000 although he would consider trading it in for certain classic or modern Porsche 911s.
The bad news? The car has been in an accident (no details about what happened). The paintwork is only ok and the air-con and blower motor need some attention. Still, minor details for what is essentially a track car with giant-killing performance.