Hennessey has big plans for the future, but nothing as crucial as the Venom F5by Robert Moore, on LISTEN 02:43
Hennessey made itself known as the company that does ridiculous tunes on everything from the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to building the obscene 2019 Chevy Silverado Goliath 6x6 which was followed by the 2013 Venom GT Spyder, the 2014 Venom GT2, and finally an updated version of the Venom GT in 2016. All versions of the Venom GT were based on the Lotus Elise but it’s latest car, which was originally showed in 2015 – the Venom F5 – was a lot less Lotus and a lot more Hennessey. The production model of the Venom F5 was finally revealed in late 2020, and as it turns out, it represents the glass ceiling for bespoke Hennessey cars.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Is As Good As It Gets
The Hennessey Venom F5 took everything that the Venom GT was and built upon it, ultimately becoming a master piece of performance engineering in the process. It also has some serious expectations to meet, with the idea of breaking the 300 mph barrier being one of the most important. It hasn’t met that goal yet, but back in April of 2021, the car was able to hit 200 mph with the ECU calibrated to deliver just half the power. There’s even word that a Venom F5 GTR could be possible in the future, but at the same time, Hennessey shot down any hope of ever seeing the F5 journey into hybrid territory.
All of this is great and all, but the Venom F5 is actually a halo car of sorts, because Hennessey has now confirmed that the Venom F5 is the most extreme car that it will ever create. During the Venom F5’s debut at the Amelia Island Concours, Motor 1 caught up with company CEO, John Hennessey and asked about the future of bespoke Hennessey cars.
When asked about if there’s plans to build other cars, he replied with “we do,” but later clarified that any such car will be “nothing above [the F5]. This is the top of the top.”
So, Hennessey isn’t giving up on the bespoke car building, but nothing will be quite as hardcore as the F5. A model that sits below the F5 would make sense anyway, but apparently, it’s also not that easy for a small company like Hennessey. “For us, it’s a matter of scaling production,” said Hennessey, who later went on to admit that he’s even reached out to manufacturers like GM for some insight. So with that said, it doesn’t seem like Hennessey is too pressed to start work on another bespoke model, but it’ll eventually get the ball rolling. After all, the Venom F5 will only be produced in 24 examples at $2.1 million each and all but 3 have already been spoken for.
|Engine||6,555 cc V-8|
|Horsepower||1,817 HP @ 8,000 RPM|
|Torque||1,193 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM|
|Transmission||Semi-automatic with paddle shift|
|0 - 62mph||2.6 seconds|
|0 - 124mph||4.7 seconds|
|0 - 186mph||8.4 seconds|
|0 - 249mph||15.5 seconds|
|Top speed||500 kph (> 311mph)|