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Hennessey, the Texas-based tuner and supercar manufacturer, has revealed plans to build a new six-wheeled, fully electric Hyper-GT codenamed “Project Deep Space.”
The car is projected to cost from $3 million and the company hopes it will be “the quickest accelerating four-seater from zero to 200 mph.”
Unveiled as part of a ten-year plan to bring three all-new ground-up models to market, Project Deep Space has some fairly unusual design elements.
It will have six wheels, driven by six individual motors making it “devastatingly fast with unmatched traction.” It will also have a diamond seating arrangement – driver in the middle at the front (à la McLaren F1) with two passengers behind on either side. Then, one unfortunate fourth passenger sat directly behind the driver and further back than the two other passengers.
That fourth passenger will also be able to fully recline their chair, making it the “world’s first VVIP (Very Very Important Person)” seat, bringing “private-jet-class luxury to the hyper-GT world.”
Hennessey is also claiming that Project Deep Space will be able to accommodate four sets of golf clubs whilst also featuring gullwing doors and an interior with the highest quality materials. Naturally, bespoke ordering “will permit discerning clients to customize each electric hyper-GT to their wishes.”
“In Project Deep Space, we’ve merged the essence of early-twentieth-century grand tourers with an otherworldly hyper GT form that leaves no doubt about its capability and intent,” says Hennessey Director of Design, Nathan Malinick.
“Integrating many industry firsts, our next all-new model turns the EV ‘hypercar’ concept on its head while exhibiting our ‘art of reduction’ design philosophy. By combining Hennessey’s passion for performance with the pinnacle of automotive luxury, we will offer our customers the best of both worlds with a central driving position, ample space for passengers, room for luggage, and best in class performance. The result of our advanced development program will be a car like no other.”
Hennessey Special Vehicles will construct the new electric hyper-GT at its advanced production facility in Sealy, Texas. Hennessey will work closely with technology partners including Shell Pennzoil and Delta Cosworth to develop the electrified powertrain. Production is set to begin in 2026 with just 105 units being manufactured.
“I’ve been building some of the world’s fastest accelerating vehicles for decades, yet they have always been performance-limited by mechanical grip. Six-wheeled electric propulsion is the solution. The technology is unprecedented in this segment – both forward-thinking and innovative. Our design and engineering team is excited about embracing the future,” says the company’s eponymous founder John Hennessey.
Until now, Hennessey has only manufactured extremely fast supercars, including the Venom GT and Venom F5 – with the former being formerly the fastest car in the world. However, this switch to EVs isn’t permanent, as Hennessey himself stated that ICE vehicles will remain present in the company’s plans moving forwards. Quite whether this new EV plan will be successful, remains to be seen.
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