The first car will be ready this summer

Hennessey first announced the Venom F5 back in 2014, when the American company was still offering the Venom GT. The latter was discontinued in 2017, but the Venom F5 has yet to show up. Although Hennessey has released a ton of info about the hypercar, none of the 24 customer cars have been built so far. But Hennessey promises that the first chassis will be completed this summer and released an older rendering of the car.

The Hennessey Venom F5 is a massive departure from the Venom GT

This Official Rendering Gives Us Our First Look at the Hennessey Venom F5's Design
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Design-wise, the Venom F5 looks nothing like the Venom GT. That’s mostly because the Venom F5 is an in-house design created from a clean sheet. By contrast, the Venom GT was a revised body for a Lotus Exige.

The Venom F5 looks more modern, more aggressive, and it's also more aerodynamic.

The latter is a necessary condition given that Hennessey promises mind-blowing performance and a top speed in excess of 300 mph.

But this rendering doesn’t show the final product. Hennessey claims that the "design of our special car has evolved," but it doesn’t give specific details. This means that the design hasn’t changed much overall and that Hennessey likely made small changes to the aerodynamics and the cooling system so that they handle the extreme performance.

Here’s a photo rendering of our Venom F5 from a few years ago. Since then the design of our special car has evolved....

Posted by Hennessey Performance on Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Hennessey Venom F5 features a massive, beefed-up V-8

Just like its predecessor, the Venom F5 draws juice from a large V-8 engine.

We're talking about a twin-turbo, 6.6-liter engine that generates a massive 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 pound-feet of torque.

Called "Fury," this engine is actually based on the LS V-8 architecture from General Motors. The LS is a small-block engine design that GM has been using for decades. The modern Gen V motivates cars like the Chevrolet Camaro, C8 Corvette, and a variety of trucks and SUVs.

The Venom GT also featured an LS-based powerplant, but it was notably less powerful. Specifically, the 6.6-liter in the F5 cranks out an additional 573 horsepower and 38 pound-feet of twist. On top of being more powerful, the Venom F5 is also stiffer than the GT. Actually, Hennessey revealed that the F5’s carbon tub is 2,000 Nm stiffer than that of the Bugatti Chiron.

Venom GT vs Venom F5
Model Venom GT Venom F5
Engine 7-liter V-8 6.6-liter V-8
Redline 7,200 rpm 8,200 rpm
Power 1,244 hp 1,817 hp
Torque 1,155 lb-ft 1,193 lb-ft
Weight 2,743 lb <3,000 lb

The Hennessey Venom F5 targets more than 300 mph

This Official Rendering Gives Us Our First Look at the Hennessey Venom F5's Design
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When Hennessey first announced the Venom F5, it said that it will hit 300 mph, an unprecedented top speed at the time.

Meanwhile, Bugatti modified a Chiron for higher top speeds and it hit a record 304.77 mph in August 2019. A limited edition of 30 examples under the name Chiron Super Sport 300+ are being built to celebrate the achievement. As a result, Hennessey raised the Venom F5’s goal to more than 310 mph. Specifically, the American firm claims that the supercar will reach more than 500 km/h, which converts to more than 311 mph. If this happens, the Venom F5 will become the fastest production car in the world.

However, just like the Venom GT, the Venom F5 wouldn’t enter the Guinness Book of records. That’s because a car has to be built in at least 30 examples to be eligible. While Bugatti is indeed making 30 units of the Chiron Super Sport 300+, Hennessey wants to build only 24 units of the Venom F5. Hennessey just revealed that it’s working on a video of the car "running 500+ km/h."

Ciprian Florea
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