Hennessey unveils Venom F5 series, even better than announced. Its goal: 500 km/h.
More than three years after a concept car close to series production, Hennessey today unveils its definitive Venom F5. With this supercar designed from a blank sheet of paper, the American automaker and tuner aims to exceed 500 km/h (500 mph). However, it promises to deliver top-level performance beyond the straights, and the straights look better than initially expected.
The heart of the beast remains its engine, a 6.6L twin-turbo mid-rear V8 nicknamed Fury. It develops 1,842 hp, a record for a production car with a 100% combustion engine. This power is delivered at 8,000 rpm while the maximum torque of 1,617Nm is available from 5,000 rpm. This cavalry is sent to the rear wheels alone via a seven-speed automatic gearbox with manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The power, and the weight
The Venom F5 has a carbon fiber monocoque structure weighing only 86kg and a carbon body. The engine weighs 280 kg. Hennessey reports a dry weight of 1,360kg for the coupe. The Texan firm promises a time of 2.6s to go from 0 to 100 km/h and only 2.1s more to reach 200 km/h.
The 0 to 300 km/h takes 8.4s and the 0 to 400 km/h takes 15.5s according to the manufacturer, which indicates a theoretical top speed of 534 km/h.
Hennessey announces that a top speed test will be conducted at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center during 2021 under the watchful eye of a team from the company Racelogic, which specializes in measuring instruments.
He assures that the event will be monitored by independent witnesses, media and customers, to avoid at all costs a controversy like the one surrounding the record recently claimed by SSC with its Tuatara. Certainly, some at Bugatti and Koenigsegg will also be following this closely.
All about speed
In terms of design, the Hennessey Venom F5 has evolved slightly in three years, mainly at the rear, but the changes remain discreet. It remains relatively sober for the category, with no fixed rear spoiler or sharp edges. There are still some hollowed-out sides, prominent rocker panels and a large diffuser. The two-seater rests on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2. The newly redesigned Hennessey logo now appears on the bow.
Behind the “butterfly” doors, the interior is minimalist. Two “floating” screens provide the display, while the controls are grouped together between the steering wheel and the center console, whose design is inspired by the world of fighter jets. Carbon fiber is omnipresent, right down to the leather-covered bucket seats.
Hennessey will customize each of the 24 models planned according to the wishes of each customer. The base price of the Venom F5 has been set at $2.1 million excluding taxes, or approximately 1.72 million euros. Note that this is $500,000 (€410,000) more than the price announced in 2017. The first deliveries are planned for the course of 2021.