Hennessey Just Dropped a 1600 HP Bombshell on SEMA Called the Venom F5
The Hennessey Venom F5 is Gunning for 300 MPH
It was really only a matter of time. Ever since the Hennessey Venom GT back in 2014, we’ve been waiting to hear how they’re going to top it. Rumors have been in the pipeline for some time about the Hennessey Venom F5, and those rumors became reality when Hennessey unveiled their newest in-house hypercar at SEMA, Las Vegas, November 1st.
Before we talk about anything we’ve heard so far, we have to address one simple fact: this is one of the most stunningly beautiful hypercars to date. It is also the perfect homage to the Venom GT, and appears to be the most worthy successor John Hennessey could’ve commissioned. It’s low, it’s agressive, it’s subtle, and it’s sleek. Also, it appears to be pretty stretched out, like the Venom GT before it.
The tri-tailpipe design is absolutely gorgeous, and while it may look like they ran out of budget when it came to designing the wing, rest assured that it is the most aerodynamically appropriate wing they could’ve put on this car. After all, it was designed that way, as Hennessey’s biggest obsession was reducing the drag coefficient of the Venom GT, 0.44, to somewhere below 0.4.
In an interview with Top Gear, John Hennessey said, ” The goal for the new car was to go under 0.4, but it’s actually come out way better than that.” How much better, exactly? Apparently, the Venom F5 has a drag coefficient of 0.33.
So what does that mean, exactly? It means that the Venom F5 slips through the air a bit easier than its predecessor at speeds in excess of 230 mph where it really counts.
“The smallest details make a huge difference on whether you’re going to be able to do 250mph or 270,” said Hennessey. “On the Venom, we played with many designs for the rear diffuser, and they had huge effects, changing the aero balance, putting too much heat in the tires and so on.”
Aerodynamics has been a huge focus for the Hennessey team in developing the F5, but the powerplant is also equally important.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Will Produce Over 1,600 HP
The “All-American Hypercar” is powered by a twin-turbo V8 and produces somewhere around 1,600 hp. There aren’t any torque specs as of now, but you can bet your bottom dollar that this car is going to get wheelspin at 200 mph.
Unlike the Venom GT, which was built using a Lotus Exige, the new car was built from the ground-up at Hennessey Performance in conjunction with Shell and Pennzoil. While the unofficial top speed is set at 301 mph, Hennessey doesn’t have any plans in the immediate future to test the car’s limits, nor does he have a space to do so.
“Maybe we have to go to Bonneville, but that has its own set of challenges because you’re running on salt at 4,000ft of elevation, with weird weather, and you can spin the tires at 200mph,” said Hennessey. “The NASA runway is 3.2 miles and that’s just not long enough. When we ran 270, it took 2.4 miles of acceleration and 0.8 to brake.”
The Battle for 300 MPH
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of this car is the competition it raises. The Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Regera are the top contenders right now, and John has a competitive spirit. When asked about whether or not he’d try for 300 mph next year, he said he’d rather wait for someone else to beat the Venom GT’s record, which still stands at 270.49 mph.
“Do we intend to do 300mph next year? No. We’ll do it when we’re ready to do it, and if Bugatti gets there first, then congrats to them,” said Hennessey. “It’s difficult to do. If they get to 300mph before us, we’ll end the game at 500kph.”
Speaking of Bugatti and Koenigsegg, remember that whole 0-400-0 kph debacle? Well, Hennessey thinks they can do it even faster. The Venom F5 claims to be able to do that very same feat, the one that took Bugatti 42 seconds and Koenigsegg 36.44 seconds to accomplish, in under 30 seconds. It can also do 0-184 mph in under ten. If that isn’t incredible, I don’t know what is.
As far as production is concerned, Hennessey expects they won’t start rolling out orders until 2019, and once customer orders start coming in hot, they’ll do an official speed test. Hennessey plans to produce only 24 examples, each at $1.6 million.
As for the ultimate aim of this ultimate speed weapon, John Hennessey made one thing absolutely clear:
“I don’t want to be the fastest at the Nürburgring; I just want to be the absolute fastest,” said Hennessey. “That’s what matters to me and my clients. So there’s the Chiron and I expect McLaren’s BP23 will go fast too, but I don’t want to run with those guys, I want to crush them. To be the fastest, period.”
Check out the official unveiling video from Hennessey here: