Peter Anderson | Nov 29, 2012

Texas is the home of some deeply strange things, and you may already be aware of the Hennessey Venom GT and now the GT2.

Based on a Lotus Exige (well, the windscreen and the doors, anyway), the so-called "Veyron killer" packs a huge 1244hp, or 928kW.

The GT2 is another thing entirely. Leaving behind even more of its Elise-alike looks, the team at Hennessy have spent some time raiding European sports car manufacturers not for parts, but for ideas.

The doors are now dihedral, meaning they open in the same fashion as those of McLaren's F1 and MP4-12C. The roof is now a double bubble (unlikely to be a nod to the European Peugeot RCZ...)

The interior is also a little more people-friendly, with the GT2 accommodating 192cm tall drivers.

New LED headlights replace the old conventional set so you can see whatever it is foolish enough to step into your path while you're doing Mach 3 on a darkened road.

Power output on the refreshed car is now a mighty 1500 horsepower, or a whopping 1118kW. If it doesn't kill the Veyron, it will lend a helping hand in killing the planet - or a ham-fisted driver foolish enough to floor it within a mile of any obstacles.

Mated to the GM-sourced twin-turbo 7.0 litre V8 will be a choice of 7-speed paddle shift or the existing Ricardo 6-speed manual.

The 928kW GT already streaks to 100km/h in 2.6 seconds, so the extra power should see it slice a few tenths off that. There is no torque figure available via the GT's website for either engine, but somewhere north of 1600Nm is likely.

Hennessy has announced its building the tenth GT, a milestone most people with a calculator thought exceedingly unlikely. The company is clearly feeling confident with the announcement of the GT2.

More details on this mobile power station will become available late in 2013 and no doubt we'll be seeing it at next year's Pebble Beach or, with a bit of luck, tearing up the tarmac at Goodwood.

With the power at over a megawatt, one wonders if Hennessy are aiming for Doc Brown's 1.21 gigawatt mark to enable time travel. Perhaps the GT88 will be the name for that one.