• The Hennessey Venom F5 - Going 200 MPH On Half Power?

Hennessey is hard at work testing the Venom F5 and the first results are promising

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Hennessey’s Venom F5 has been out for Bugatti Chiron blood in its quest to become the world’s fastest production car. We know it has the right name for it and the right powerplant but beating the Chiron will take a lot more than that if Hennessey wants a supercar that’s also suited to daily driving.

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The centerpiece of the Venom F5 is the engine. That’s were a lot of effort went during R&D. Hennessey developed a pushrod, twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-8 (it’s called Fury, by the way) that cranks out 1,817 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 1,193 pound-feet of torque unlocked at 5,500 rpm. Power goes to the rear wheels via a seven-speed CIMA single-clutch automated transmission and a limited-slip differential.

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In return, performances are mind-bending. 0-62 mph takes 2.6 seconds, 0-124 mph happens in 4.7 seconds, 0-186 mph comes in 8.4 seconds, and lastly, 0-248 mph is dispatched in 15.5 seconds.

As for top speed – this is where it must beat the Chiron, Hennessey says the Venom F5 should be good for 311 mph, seven mph faster than the 304-horsepower Chiron.

Recent developments in the Hennessey Venom F5 camp saw the hypercar pass the 200-mph mark in testing using just half of the V-8’s oomph, or about 900 horsepower.

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Speaking to Car and Driver, Hennessey Performance Chief Engineer John Heinricy said that “we [Hennessey] have been working up to the full output. It’s much easier to do the basics at a lower output to get the learnigns in, and we can then build on that… But if you look at 900 horsepower and the [3,053-pound] weight of the car, there’s no lack of performance.”

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Going forward, Hennessey also wants the Venom F5 to perform well at lower speeds and offer a certain amount of comfort. “If you just look at top speed, you’re not going to make a car that is capable of everyday driving, we’re not going after just a single area,” added Heinricy.

So, there you have it. While it didn’t forget about the initial role of the Venom F5, Hennessey is also taking steps to ensure that the hypercar ticks all the other boxes in the book, including daily drivability and comfort.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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