The Hennessey Venom F5 is a sports car developed and manufactured by the American vehicle-manufacturing company Hennessey Special Vehicles which was established in 2017.[5] Hennessey has contracted with Delta Motorsport of Silverstone, England for the development of the vehicle, which will be the company's first all new proprietary vehicle as an accredited titled manufacturer.[6][7] Delta Motorsport also produced all of the previous generation Venom GT cars for Hennessey at its facility in England.[8]

Hennessey Venom F5
Hennessey Venom F5
ManufacturerHennessey Special Vehicles
  • 2020–present (90 units total)
  • 2020–present (24 units; Coupé)
  • 2022–present (30 units; Roadster)
  • 2023–present (24 units; Revolution)
  • 2023-present (12 units; Revolution Roadster) [1]
Model years2021–present
AssemblySealy, Texas, U.S. (Hennessey Performance Engineering)
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style
LayoutRear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Engine6.6 L Fury twin-turbocharged V8[2]
Power output
  • 1,817 hp (1,842 PS; 1,355 kW)
  • 1,193 lb⋅ft (1,617 N⋅m)[3]
Curb weight3,053 lb (1,385 kg)[4]
PredecessorHennessey Venom GT

The F5 name is a reference to the F5 tornado, the highest rating on the Fujita scale, attaining wind speeds as high as 261–318 mph (420–512 km/h).[9] Hennessey as a manufacturer aims to reach top speeds in excess of 300 mph (485 km/h) to attain the title of world‘s fastest production car.[10][11]

Initial release edit

The Hennessey Venom F5 was first revealed in August 2014.[12] Subsequently, it was shown as an exterior mock-up at the American SEMA Show in Las Vegas on November 1, 2017. This did not contain an engine or an interior.[13]

Specifications edit

Rear third quarter view
F5 Roadster

Initial reports had the Venom F5 powered by a completely bespoke and proprietary 7.4 L twin-turbocharged V8 engine; later it was revealed that while being still in development, the engine is to have an even larger capacity of 8.0 liters but the final displacement of the engine was revealed to be 6.6 liters.[2] The engine is confirmed to have a power output of 1,817 hp (1,355 kW; 1,842 PS) and 1,193 lb⋅ft (1,617 N⋅m) of torque. The Venom F5 will have a bespoke iron block engine.[14] The top speed is claimed to be 301 mph (484 km/h) through a V-MAX speed-tracking system. Hennessey predicts the car will accelerate from 0–186 mph (0–300 km/h) in under 10 seconds and from 0–249 mph (0–400 km/h) in a time of about 20 seconds.[15]

The available transmission is a CIMA[16] 7-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission with paddle-shifters, driving the rear wheels, making the car rear-wheel drive.[17]

The chassis and body will be made almost entirely of carbon fiber. Active aerodynamics are now paired with the body, a first for Hennessey. The weight reportedly stands at 2,950 lb (1,338 kg) with fluids, setting the power-to-weight ratio at 1,358 hp per ton.[18] Because of the use of active aerodynamics and a sleek, new design it has an estimated drag coefficient of Cd=0.33.[19] For the production F5, this was increased to a claimed Cd=0.39.[20]

Hennessey has also placed great emphasis on interior space, quality and comfort, and that despite offering extreme performance the vehicle still will offer a spacious and comfortable interior experience that can accommodate tall and large drivers and passengers. It was mentioned that an undisclosed NFL player, who has only been described as being 6'7" tall, has placed an order for one of the first models once full production has commenced.[21]

Each Venom F5 comes with the "Treasure Chest", a giant aluminum box containing the key fob, a magnetic trickle charger, and a tow hook. The key fob's serial number plate is made from a metal component that was disposed from a Space Shuttle launch. Company founder John Hennessey was given the component by an astronaut and broke it into pieces to give Venom F5 owners "a piece of space".[22]

Production edit

Production will be limited to 24 units, 12 of which were already sold by December 2020. The price of the car in the United States was initially US$1.6 million, but later increased to US$2.1 million for the remaining 12 units.[4] Eight cars are planned to be built and delivered in 2021. In August 2021 the company officially announced that it had customer orders for and sold all planned 24 units of the F5.[23][24][25][26][27]

See also edit

References edit

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  8. ^ "OUR SKILLS". Retrieved 2019-10-30.
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  12. ^ "Incredibly Sexy Hennessey Venom F5 Has Its Sight Set On 290MPH". Mikeshouts. Mike Chua.
  13. ^ Hennessey Venom F5 First Look, 1,600 HP! | 2017 SEMA Show. US: AutoGuide. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2019-10-30 – via YouTube.
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  15. ^ "Venom F5". US: Hennessey Performance Engineering. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  16. ^ "John Hennessey on Instagram: "The marriage of our 1817 HP 6.6L twin turbo V8 engine with CIMA 7-speed transmission. #hennessey #venomf5 #twinturbo #v8…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  17. ^ Gustafson, Sven (2017-11-01). "301 mph, 1,600 hp: Hennessey Venom F5 details emerge". Autoblog. US. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  18. ^ "Hennessey Venom F5 Engine Rated At 1,817 Horsepower". Motor1. Motorsport Network. 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  19. ^ Horncastle, Rowan (2017-11-01). "New Hennessey Venom F5 aims for 300mph". Top Gear. UK: BBC. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  20. ^ Wilkinson, Luke (2022-01-11). "Hennessey Venom F5 in new high-speed testing video". Auto Express. UK. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  21. ^ "New Hennessey Venom F5 aims for 483kph". Top Gear Malaysia. Malaysia. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  22. ^ DeMuro, Doug (2022-06-28). The Hennessey Venom F5 Is an Ultra-Rare $2 Million+ Hypercar. YouTube. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
  23. ^ "Sorry, the Hennessey Venom F5 is Sold Out". 2021-08-19.
  24. ^ "Official: The $2.1m Hennessey Venom F5 has sold out | Hennessey Performance".
  25. ^ "Hennessey Announces Venom F5 Hypercar is Sold Out". 2021-08-19.
  26. ^ "Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar sells out following Monterey Car Week showing".
  27. ^ Jones, Edward (2021-08-20). "The Hennessey Venom F5 is Officially Sold Out". duPont registry. Retrieved 2021-11-06.

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