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NewsHennessey Venom F5 Revolution Drinks Up COTA Lap Record

Hennessey Venom F5 Revolution Drinks Up COTA Lap Record

Venom F5 smokes P1 at COTA

  • Venom F5 runs COTA seven seconds faster than P1

  • Next challenge is finding enough road for a top speed run


Performance tuner John Hennessey is out for more records. The company’s Venom F5 Revolution has now set a record lap around Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, and the company is out for more.

The Hennessey Venom F5 Revolution has just gone around the 3.41-mile COTA track in 2:10.90. That’s 0.43 seconds quicker than the Czinger C21, which previously held the road car record. To compare it with cars you’ve actually heard of, that’s seven seconds faster than the McLaren P1. The 1,817 hp twin-turbo supercar managed to top 193 mph on the back straight.

Hennessey calls the F5 the Decathlete of Hypercars. The 6.6L twin-turbo V8 powered car was meant to top 300 mph, but the company wanted it to be a real track car and not just a top speed monster. Though lap records and top speed runs are only two events. John Hennessey will have to come up with another eight if he wants the metaphor to work.

The sub-3,000-pound Venom F5 managed 1.59G in corners and 1.61 G of braking with its road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. Driver David Donohue was behind the wheel during the lap record run.

To little surprise, Le Mans and Daytona 24 Hours winner Donohue is a fan of his boss’s car: “Having been part of developing the Venom F5 Revolution, I knew it was capable of a quick time, but when it came to pushing the car hard, I was blown away by its phenomenal power and exceptional handling. There is no other car in the world that delivers such a visceral and engaging driving experience.”

The lap was timed by Racelogic using its Vbox telemetry and data logging system. Hennessey has also made the whole video available to watch. The car used road-legal Michelins, and Shell pump ethanol gas. The next step for the company is another attempt at topping 300 mph after running out of space on the NASA shuttle landing facility in Cape Canaveral.

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