1,800 hp, bespoke carbon chassis
Driving dynamics from racer and GM engineer John Heinricy
The latest from Hennessey Special Vehicles is a carbon-bodies twin-turbo V8 monster called the Venom F5. It’ll make more than 1,800 hp and the man whose name is on the boot lid says it’ll top 500 km/h and that they’re planning to verify it.
While the Hennessey name is hardly new to fast and faster cars, this one might be the most ambitious from the company. A 100 percent bespoke design, the company syas, it celebrates 30 years since the tuner turned performance monster’s founding. The car will be limited to just 24 build ant the price tag starts from US $2.1 million.
The F5, named for the most powerful tornados on the Fujita scale, starts with an 86 kg carbon fibre monocoque. The entire body is made from carbon and the car tips the scales at a large sandwich under 3,000 lbs. Impressive for a car of this level of performance.
With double wishbones front and rear, the suspension is fitted with Penske coil over dampers and the driving dynamics will be tuned by former GM High Performance Vehicle Director and 13-time SCCA National Runoffs class champ John Heinricy.
Powering the F5 is an engine named Fury. A 6.6L twin-turbo V8 that makes 277 hp per pound for a total of 1,817 hp and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. With a normal redline of 8,200 rpm, in Fury mode it will hit 8,500. A seven-speed semi-auto gearbox lets the car hit 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds and 400 km/h in 15.5, and the team thinks it can hit 500 km/h on the relatively short 5.2 km Shuttle Landing Facility runway at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Carbon ceramic brakes from Brembo will get it stopped from those high speeds.
Inside, Hennessey calls it a fighter-inspired cockpit, but the U-shaped steering wheel is like not much else on the road. Hidden behind it is an ultra-thin center console and 9.0-inch infotainment system from Alpine and there is a digital dash screen. Scissor doors and a large American flag on the door handles complete the look. The leather covering the carbon they’ve decided not to expose is from Muirhead, a tannery in Scotland dating back to 1840. The company didn’t mention when deliveries would begin.