May 17, 2024

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311 mph: Hennessey Venom F5 Aims to Raise the Bar

Do you like going fast? Is the common 200 mph supercar just not quite enough anymore?

The Venom F5 is a bespoke hypercar, but the big news out of this all-new car is the immense performance it offers — parked behind the driver and passenger is a 6.6L twin-turbo flat-plane “Fury” V8 that makes 1,817 hp and 1,193 lb-ft of torque.

Surrounding that engine is a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and carbon fiber body panels that add up to a dry weight of just 2,998 lbs.

Do the math and the numbers start to get impressive in a hurry: a 311 mph targeted top speed. Zero to 124 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds. Over 1.0 G of acceleration, coupled with a thunderous V8 roar. All that puts it in the same realm as the current top speed record holder: the 2020 SSC Tutara, certified at 316.11 mph.

While the true top speed run hasn’t happened yet, it’s scheduled for the first half of 2021 at the NASA shuttle landing facility in Florida, with further testing to take place at the Circuit of The Americas and at Hennessey’s own test track.

It’s not just about speed here, however — the car’s dynamics have been set up and honed by Hennessey’s in-house team, led by John Heinricy — and real world development will take place alongside the speed run later in 2021.

“Records are there to be broken,” said John Hennessey. “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.” 

“Of all the car’s I’ve engineered in my career, the Hennessey Venom F5 is one of, if not the most accomplished, exciting and rewarding cars to work on,” said John Heinricy, F5 Chief Engineer. “With the F5 we started off with a blank sheet of paper. This is such an advantage for vehicle dynamics, as it has allowed me to draw upon the best parts of cars I have worked on throughout my career. It has given me the freedom to design the layout of the car exactly as I wanted it to be and equip it with the best possible componentry. Our intensive track and road development will ensure this car handles and performs as impressively as the world’s best hypercars.”

The car is priced at $2.1m, and only 24 will be built, with customer deliveries taking place later in 2021.

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