Hennessey Performance has finally unveiled its Venom F5 hypercar to coincide with the company’s 30th anniversary year and has set its sights on a top speed in excess of 500kmh (311mph)
Priced at $2.1 million dollars, just 24 Venom F5s will be manufactured with each car unique to its owner. The beating heart of the car is the Hennessey-built ‘Fury’ 6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which delivers 1,817hp at 8,000rpm with 1,617Nm of torque in a car weighing just 1,360kg. 0-100kmh (62mph) takes less than three seconds and it can achieve 0-200kmh (124mph) in under five seconds.
Company Founder and CEO, John Hennessey said: “Our customers love speed, so we’re fired-up to push the boundaries of what’s possible to attempt the world’s fastest production car record, but the Venom F5 is about more than just speed and power. This car will handle superbly, quality is exceptional, there are more than 3,000 bespoke parts, materials are exquisite, everything is a fitting tribute to 30 years of the Hennessey brand.”
The F5 will complete top speed testing – to exceed 500kph (311mph) on a two-way validated speed run using – in the first half of 2021 at the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. Subsequent top speed runs will follow an intense period of real-world development at Hennessey’s own testing facility, plus the Circuit of The Americas.
The record attempt will be verified by Racelogic using VBOX GPS data acquisition systems. Racelogic / VBOX engineers will be on site to install, test and calibrate the speed testing equipment in the F5 to ensure absolute accuracy and transparency. In addition, VBOX engineers will verify all test data and final speed numbers. The speed test will be attended by independent witnesses, media guests and F5 customers. GPS data and uninterrupted video footage will also be made publicly available following the speed test.
John Hennessey added “Records are there to be broken and our customers love that we push the boundaries of engineering to develop the world’s fastest cars. But, with the F5, we wanted to create a true ‘decathlete’, a car that is about so much more than speed. So, under the guidance of legendary racing driver John Heinricy, our team is focused on producing a driving experience that matches the car’s performance credentials.”
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Highlights of the Hennessey’s speed-fuelled bloodline include:
1991 – Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4 – John Hennessey’s personal race car (Silver State Classic winner, Bonneville record holder, Pikes Peak). He drove this car to and from races – it was the car that started the company.
1993 – 2007 – Hennessey Dodge Viper Venom – a highly upgraded Dodge Viper known as the Hennessey Viper Venom. Ranging from the Venom 500 to the outrageous Venom 1000 Twin Turbo, the Vipers featured on dozens of magazine covers won countless speed shootouts.
2007 – 2015 – Hennessey Venom GT – Hennessey created a Lotus Exige based hypercar with 1,244HP. The Venom GT set the speed record for a production road car at 270.49mph in 2014. It also set a Guinness World Record for the fastest road legal car from 0-186mph (0-300kph) with an average acceleration time of 13.63 seconds.
2005 – 2020 – American Muscle Cars – including Hennessey-tuned versions of the Camaro, the Mustang, the Challenger Hellcat and the Demon. This muscle car line-up is best known for the maddest of them all ‘The Exorcist’ a 1,000hp Camaro capable of 350kph (217mph).
2010 – 2020 – Trucks and SUVs – including the VelociRaptor (Ford Raptor), the VelociRaptor SUV, the VelociRaptor 6X6 and the MAXIMUS 1000 Jeep.
2015 – 2020 – Other manufacturers – Hennessey also worked with prestige manufacturers to produce more powerful versions of their most powerful road cars. These include Hennessey-tuned version of Audi R8, McLaren 570, 600LT and 720S variants, as well as higher powered versions of Lamborghini’s Huracan and Urus models.
The Hennessey Venom GT was Hennessey’s first self-built car. Based on a Lotus Exige chassis, the GT gave Hennessey the chance to prove its performance credentials by building a truly fast car from the ground up. The GT ultimately embodied a car that was a personification of the Hennessey brands’ core characteristics. Setting a new world record top speed of 270.49mph in 2014, the GT set the groundwork for where Hennessey is today.
The Venom F5 concept debuted in 2017. It marked a giant leap for Hennessey being built from the ground up as a 100% bespoke Hennessey product. The new model is set to live up to its name – F5 is the most powerful category of wind in the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity, which identifies the greatest wind speeds as being between 420 and 512kph (261 to 318mph). It will be the most visceral driver’s car that the world has ever seen, wild and thrilling, but also well-mannered in normal driving conditions.