Hennessey unveiled the Venom F5, an evolution of the record breaking 270-mph
Venom GT supercar. With it, the American manufacturer and tuner expects to
achieve a top speed of 290 mph (467 km/h).
The 1,244-hp Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49 mph on Nasa's Kennedy Space Center runway earlier this year, faster than the Veyron Super Sport's 269.86 mph top speed. However, because the Venom's run was only made in one direction, not both ways as required, and because 30 cars would need to be manufactured (at present, 16 cars of the 29-car total production run have been sold), the record wasn't officially confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.
It's successor, the Venom F5, which got its name from the fiercest tornado on the Fujita scale, will feature a further development of the 7.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine. The turbochargers are larger, and the fuel system and intercooler capacity are upgraded to handle the demands of increased boost. Hennessey didn't reveal the horsepower rating yet, but it could exceed 1,400 hp.
"We are very excited about this next chapter of the Venom, which brings forth an all-new design that is not only a powerful and unique statement that our clients are looking for, but a vehicle that will achieve even higher performance through improved aerodynamics," said John Hennessey. "We learned a great deal during the development of the Venom GT in breaking the 270-mph barrier, and we bring that experience to this new design as we look toward raising the performance bar even higher."
The laws of physics are immutable, so the step up from the Venom GT's 270.49-mph world record speed will come from both an increase in power and a reduction in drag from the clean-sheet carbon-fiber body. The drag coefficient drops from 0.44 to below 0.40 while still generating significant downforce through both the upper body shape and underbody venturis, a rear diffuser beneath the rear bumper and a retractable rear wing.
With extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, weight will remain under 2,866 lb (1,300 kg), just slightly more than the Venom GT's 2,742-lb (1244 kg) curb weight. So it's highly probable the F5 will eclipse the Venom GT's current acceleration records too, which stand at 14.51 seconds to 200 mph, and 13.63 seconds to 186 mph (300 km/h).
Several new technologies will be introduced, the most transformative being single clutch paddle-shift transmission (a standard H-pattern manual transmission will still be offered for purists), whose reduction in shift speeds will enable the F5 to accelerate even more quickly. And a GPS-based stability/traction control system will help to channel the F5's immense power and provide an increased margin of safety, whether on a racetrack or back road.
"Of course, the Venom F5 retains the raw, explosive edge that makes the Venom GT such a thrill ride," said Hennessey partner Don Goldman, "but these changes will make the F5 easier and more satisfying to drive, day in and day out."
The Venom F5 will be unveiled in 2015 with deliveries to customers in late 2016. At least 30 Venom F5s will be produced for sale worldwide, at a price higher than that of the Venom GT, which currently sells for $1.2 million.