Just 24 units of the Hennessey Venom F5 will be commissioned, each bearing a pre-tax price tag of USD $2.1 million!
Makers of the famed Hennessey Venom GT gave us the first glimpse of their all-new hypercar in 2017, in the form of the Venom F5 Concept. Today, the American tuning house has revealed the production-ready Venom F5 and, as expected, the hypercar brings with it some record-shattering figures. It also marks Hennessey Performance Engineering's (HPE) 30th anniversary.
Unlike the Venom GT that was based on the Lotus Exige, the Venom F5 is an all-new product designed & built by Hennessey from the ground-up. Though the car is production-ready, with deliveries slated to begin sometime within next year, Hennessey is yet to confirm the final speed/acceleration figures of the Venom F5. An independent top speed test at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre’s 5.2km-long Shuttle Landing Facility runway is planned for the same.
Powering the Venom F5 is a fully Hennessey-engineered 6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 (called 'Fury') that develops a whopping 1,816bhp (@8,000rpm) and 1,617Nm of torque (@5,000rpm) – this makes 'Fury' the most powerful production road car engine ever made! The bespoke V8 is paired to a single-clutch semi-automatic gearbox (with paddle shift) that sends power to the rear wheels only. Thanks to an all carbon-fibre body and a monocoque that weighs just 86kgs, the Venom F5 tips the scales at just 1,360kgs (dry weight).
With 1,816bhp on tap, folks at Hennessey are confident the Venom F5 will be able to break the 500km/h top speed barrier. To this end, the car's name – F5 – has been derived from the Fujita tornado intensity rating scale. As per the scale, F5 is the highest category with wind speeds of up to 512kph. In crossing the 500km/h mark, the Venom F5 is targeting a 0-100km/h time of under three seconds and a 0-200km/h time of just 4.7 seconds. The 0-300km/h and 0-400km/h times are expected to be around 8.4 seconds and 15.5 seconds, respectively.
To manage the blistering performance, the Venom F5 has been fitted with sophisticated traction control (with limited ESP) that offers five driving modes – Sport, Wet, Drag, Track & F5. These modes alter the Venom F5's power delivery, braking, and traction levels. To ensure all the power can be put down through the bends as well, Hennessey has fitted Venom F5 with a double-wishbone independent suspension setup (with Penske coil-over dampers) and massive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres – 265/35 ZR19 (Front) and 345/30 ZR20 (Rear). Huge 390mm Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes ensure optimum braking.
In 2017, Hennessey had stated the Venom F5 would go on sale with a base price of USD $1.6 million. However, the actual launch price has gone up to an eye-watering USD $2.1 million (pre-tax)! Only 24 units of the Venom F5 will be produced.