Hennessey Special Vehicles (HSV), on Tuesday revealed the first of 24 production Venom F5 hypercars
Designed to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary, the Venom GT successor is named after F5 tornados which have wind speeds of up to 318 mph (512 km/h). That wasn’t an arbitrary decision as it hints at the car’s targeted top speed of more than 311 mph (500 km/h).
In order to hit that impressive number, the car has been equipped with a specially developed 6.6-liter V8 engine known as the Fury. It’s hand-built and features a cast iron block, aluminum cylinder heads and a dry sump lubrication system. The engine has also been equipped with two turbochargers which enable it to be the “most powerful production road car engine ever made.”
In terms of raw numbers, the engine develops 1,817 hp (1,355 kW / 1,842 PS) and 1,193 lb-ft (1,617 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. This enables the car to rocket from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds and 0-124 mph (200 km/h) in under five seconds.
Sticking with the performance theme, the Hennessey Venom F5 has a bespoke carbon fiber monocoque which only weighs 190 lbs (86 kg). This helps the car to tip the scales at 2,998 lbs (1,360 kg) and allows for a power-to-weight ratio “well in excess of any road car on sale today.”
Hennessey will offer five drive modes on the F5 – Sport, Track, Drag, Wet, and F5. The F5 setting is the only one capable of accessing the car’s maximum power available power. However, each tweaks the car’s power delivery, braking, and traction. Hennessey routes power through a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox to the rear wheels – 345/50 Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 rubber wrapped around 20-inch wheels. The front features 265/35 tires with 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. Michelin will test the tires for the Venom F5’s speeds and loads.
The interior of the Venom F5 is sparse. The fixed-back carbon fiber bucket seats are covered in Muirhead leather, and most of the interior surfaces are exposed carbon fiber. Every button, switch, knob, and control is located on the F1-like carbon-fiber steering wheel. A 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster is complimented by a 9.3-inch Alpine touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Hennessey will offer the F5 with one upgrade – the Track Pack, which adds a more aggressive front splitter while replacing the rear spoiler with a wing. Stopping power comes from 15.35-inch carbon-ceramic brakes with 6-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.
Production will be limited to 24 units and pricing starts at $2.1 million – excluding taxes and shipping. The first deliveries are slated to begin next year and the company has big plans for 2021.