The Hennessey Venom F5’s carbon fiber tub isn’t much heavier than that of the McLaren Senna

Now that the Bugatti Super Sport 300+ has broken the 300-mph barrier the next goal is obviously 310 mph, and that’s precisely what Hennessey aims to hit with the Venom F5. It’s going to take a lot to pull it off, especially considering Bugatti had to go all-in and build an impressive but highly modified version of the Chiron to pull off that 300-mph run. So, what’s Hennessey to do? Well, it all starts off by building a lightweight carbon fiber tub that is 2,000 Nm stiffer than that of the Bugatti Chiron. New pictures of the carbon fiber tub have been released, and this is what we know about it.

Hennessey Venom F5 Carbon Fiber Tub

Hennessey is looking to dethrone the Chiron in the worst (or best?) way, and in doing so, it’s already one-upped it by introducing a carbon-fiber tub that boasts a torsional rigidity of 52,000 Nm, 2,000 Nm per degree more than what the Chiron can offer. To make things even better, this carbon fiber tub weighs just 86 kg (186 pounds.) Bugatti hasn’t disclosed how much the Chiron’s carbon-fiber monocoque weighs, but the McLaren Senna’s carbon monocoque weighs just 75 kg or 165 pounds, so you can bet that the Chiron’s fall somewhere in this range.

The Hennessey Venom F5 Just Bested the Bugatti Chiron In an Unexpected Way
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The lightweight portion of the equation is essential when it comes to hitting that record-breaking speed of 310 mph, but the stiffness is even more critical because that 6.6-liter V-8 under the hood of the Venom F5 is good for 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 pound-feet of torque. The full recipe includes lightweight internals, twin turbos, and some genuine American ingenuity. For the record, the F5 should deliver enough power to get up to 186 mph faster than a thoroughbred F1 car. Getting up to 310 mph, however, will depend on a lot more, including aerodynamics, overall weight, and whether or not the tires can actually hold up under that kind of speed.

Hennessey Venom F5 specifications
Engine 6.6-liter V-8
Horsepower 1817 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Torque 1,193 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM
Top Speed 310 mph
The Hennessey Venom F5 Just Bested the Bugatti Chiron In an Unexpected Way
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The Venom F5 is a limited-run supercar that will be produced in just 24 examples, 12 of which are allocated for the United Stands and almost sold out. It’s priced at $1.8 million, and the first three examples are currently being built. There’s no word as to when the F5 will make its record-setting attempt, but Hennessey does plan on testing sometime later in 2020, so we might not have to wait that long after all.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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