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Hennessey Venom F5 is a Bugatti Killer

This is the Hennessey Venom F5, America’s answer to the Bugatti Chiron and the Koenigsegg Jesko. Born out of founder John Hennessey’s single-minded pursuit to usurp the crown of the fastest car in the world from Europe’s mightiest, the Venom F5  is not at all a superficial contender like many might think.

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Under the umbrella of Hennessey Performance Engineering, the Texas-based outfit has been fettling ordinary Chevys, Fords and Dodges for close to three decades, gaining a cult following of customers around the world. Even though mad horsepower numbers are the norm with Hennessey, their products are not one-trick ponies, offering proper warranties either straight from the factory – which speaks volumes about the quality of workmanship – or from the tuner themselves.

The Venom F5 is not the company’s first attempt at disrupting the supercar ranks; the 2014 Lotus Exige-based Venom GT was a genuine contender, even if only a handful were made. With that experience under their belt, Hennessey Special Vehicles was established in 2017 with the goal of creating a brand new built-from-scratch American hypercar that wasn’t based on anything else on the market.

Let’s spit out the numbers first – a monumental 1817 horsepower at a screaming 8000 rpm and 1617 Nm of torque, powering a car that tips the scales at just 160 kg. HSV claims the Venom F5 will do the mandatory 0-100 km/h run in under 3 seconds, 0-200 km/h in less than 5, and boast a top speed in excess of 500 km/h, which will be verified independently in 2021 by Racelogic / VBOX engineers. As if alluding to the American-built SSC Tuatara’s dubious and debatable record speed run claims, John Hennessey reiterates the Venom F5’s speed test will be attended by independent witnesses and media guests, with the GPS data and uninterrupted video footage available to the public. Keyboard warriors and fanboys are sure to have a field day.

Only 24 of the rear-wheel drive Venom F5 will be built, priced at USD 2.1 million (INR 15.5 crore) each.

hennessey venom f5 rear three quarter

Powering the Venom F5 is a rear-mid-mounted 6.6L twin-turbo V8 that employs a mix of aluminium, titanium and Inconel for its innards. Aptly named ‘Fury’, the hand-built 90-degree push-rod cross-plane crank V8 runs an aggressive road cam for a characteristic off-beat race car sound and feel. There are numerous specially developed parts, including a unique intake manifold design, multi-stage dry sump oil system, and bespoke turbochargers with 3D printed titanium compressor housings.

hennessey venom f5 engine

Want in on a nerdy secret? The underside of the gold leaf-lined engine bay, rear deck, and the entire Inconel exhaust system is treated with Cerakote, a ceramic-polymer treatment that is usually applied to the inside of gun barrels to protect from heat and wear.

hennessey venom f5 engine bay

Hennessey employs a single-clutch, 7-speed semi-automatic CIMA gearbox as a dual-clutch transmission simply cannot handle the immense output of the Venom F5. As is the norm with these kinds of cars, the ratios are shorter at the lower end for mind-boggling acceleration, with longer higher ratios to reach those magical top speed numbers. In seventh gear, flat out, Hennessey claims the F5 can reach a theoretical top speed of 534 km/h.

hennessey venom f5 front three quarter

Ensuring that the new Hennessey hypercar is not just a straight-line missile is in-house dynamics guru and vehicle set-up expert John ‘Heinrocket’ Heinricy, who specifically mentions the McLaren 600LT and Porsche Cayman GT4 as great driver’s cars.

The carbon-fibre CFD-optimised body, slightly larger than the Venom GT, sits on forged aluminium wheels sized 19” at the front and 20” at the back, equipped with specially developed 265/35 and massive 345/30 section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Alongside the forged wheels, carbon ceramic brakes and lightweight Penske dampers help to curb unsprung mass.

hennessey venom f5 wheel

The ride height is adjustable so you can get over speed bumps without grinding your teeth. Customers will be able to order a ‘track pack’ that includes a more aggressive front splitter and a rear mounted wing, which replaces the rear spoiler to deliver greater downforce. This particular example is the first Venom F5 customer car, finished in Speed Devil Blue, and complemented with exposed carbon-fibre and brushed metallic wheels.

hennessey venom f5 rear view mirror

The minimal interior, accessed by opening the butterfly doors, is highlighted by carbon-fibre bucket seats and a bespoke steering wheel – peppered with buttons for the ignition, lights, wipers, turn signals, and selectable drive modes – that hits home the jet fighter theme.

hennessey venom f5 interior

Behind the wheel is a 7” screen that changes display with varying drive modes, while a central 9” Alpine touchscreen takes care of infotainment needs.

hennessey venom f5 steering wheel

Racy as it is, the Venom F5 interior is also partially trimmed in leather supplied by Muirhead, one of Europe’s oldest tanneries. While the driver’s footwell is taken up by machined aluminium pedals, on the passenger side is a small compartment that stores a tool kit.

hennessey venom f5 interior

Just in case you forget the Venom F5 is made in America, the door handles are accented by aluminium inserts that depict the Texas and US flags.

John Hennessey is no stranger when it comes to insanely quick machines. From building 1000 horsepower twin-turbo Dodge Vipers in the early Nineties to developing his own hypercar 30 years on is no easy feat.

Whether the Venom F5 will be another SSC Tuatara or whether it will have Bugatti and Koenigsegg shaking in their shoes, only time and those independently verified tests will tell.

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