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2021 Hennessey Venom F5

2021 Hennessey Venom F5

The Hennessey Venom F5 is finally here and it’s going for the production car top speed record!

The 2021 Hennessey Venon F5 is a supercar designed and produced by American company Hennessey Special Vehicles. A successor to the Venom GT, the Venom F5 was originally unveiled in prototype form in November 2017.

Come December 2020 and Hennessey finished the first customer car and is set to produce another 23 units for a total run of 24. The 2021 Venom F5 features a brand-new V-8 engine that cranks out more than 1,800 horsepower and Hennessey aims to set a new speed record for production cars in 2021. How does it compare to high-speed brutes like the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ and SSC Tuatara? Let’s find out in the review below.

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Potent Poison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Hennessey Venom GT

Potent Poison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Hennessey Venom GT

Breaking down the two toxins from Texas

On October 31st, Hennessey Performance Engineering unveiled the Venom F5 hypercar at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Based out of Houston, Texas, the tuner shop flies by the motto “Making Fast Cars Faster Since 1991,” and specializes in adding huge output to sports cars that already tout impressive power numbers from the factory. However, with the Venom F5, HPE takes a step towards full-blown manufacturer territory. As a follow-up to the preceding Lotus-based Venom GT, the Venom F5 took four years to develop, and it’s essentially a brand-new vehicle. Outside, the F5 enjoys a fresh look and new aerodynamics, while under the skin is a bespoke carbon fiber chassis and an updated engine with more displacement and more power. Like the Venom GT before it, the F5 is in the running for fastest car on the planet, challenging the world’s best with claims of 300 mph at the top end. So then – how does it stack up against its forerunner?

To find out, we put together the following comparison piece, analyzing the exteriors, interiors, drivetrain, chassis, and pricing for both. Read on to see how Hennessey made its Venom even more potent.

Continue reading for the full comparison.

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2019 Hennessey Venom F5

2019 Hennessey Venom F5

Look out, Bugatti Chiron – there’s a storm a brewin’!

We live in some truly incredible times. In the fight for the title of fastest production car in the world, there’s always something new on the horizon, some clever new speed tool that manages to warp what’s possible with four wheels and an engine, setting a new standard by which all other competitors are judged. This is exactly that, the latest and greatest in the world of hypercars. Recently revealed in Las Vegas at SEMA, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to Hennessey’s first-gen Venom GT from 2011, offered as a clean-slate approach to the problem of going faster than all the rest. Now breaking cover after four years in development, the Venom F5 is built in Texas and touts itself as America’s Hypercar.

The F5 name is nod to the most powerful tornadoes rated on the Fujita scale, and for good reason – low weight, low drag, and a Texas-sized dose of turbocharged V-8 ponies at the rear wheels combine for a top speed predicted to eclipse 300 mph. Shots most definitely fired. “We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched,” explains Hennessey Performance Engineering CEO and Founder, John Hennessey. We can’t wait to get a closer look at this thing, and we’re guessing you can’t either. Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hennessey Venom F5.

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2017 Hennessey Venom GT Final Edition

2017 Hennessey Venom GT Final Edition

The last of the Venom GTs leaves a lasting legacy

If I told you that a company that’s best known in aftermarket circles was able to build a car that not only challenged the supercar establishment, but outright made everyone tremble in fear, would you believe me? The narrative certainly fits into something you’re more likely to trace back to a Hollywood screenwriter, but let me tell you something. It actually happened, and it happened as recently as 2011 when Hennessey announced plans to build a

Lotus Elise

based, limited-run supercar. The tuner decided to call it the Venom GT and the rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward to this year and it’s hard to imagine that the Hennessey Venom GT, one of the greatest supercars of the decade, is now prepared to make its final curtain call. No one’s going to say that the Venom GT was a commercial success – each model did cost in excess of $1 million – but where it lacked in volume, it more than made up for by setting one world record after another, including the fastest production car in the world, at least depending on who you ask.

Whatever the controversies surrounding the Venom GT were, nobody will deny that the supercar irrevocably changed the landscape of that segment in more ways than one. It proved that an aftermarket tuner like Hennessey was more than capable of staring down the Bugattis and Koenigseggs of the world without blinking. It proved that a car that was based on a separate car could write its own history. Most importantly, the Venom GT proved that it’s a car that will be remembered long after Hennessey sends it off into the sunset.

So here we are with Hennessey about to send off the Venom with its very own Final Edition model. The company only plans to build one model, and to no one’s surprise, it already has an owner. Seems fitting then that for a car whose legacy was always about leaving everything in its wake, the Venom GT Final Edition is now gone even before we knew anything about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hennessey Venom GT Final Edition.

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2016 Hennessey Venom GT

2016 Hennessey Venom GT

It’s been five years since Hennessey introduced the Venom GT, the only production car that’s faster than the Bugatti Veyron, and the Texas-based company has just announced than an updated version of the supercar will be offered for the 2016 model year.

Fitted with an upgraded V-8 engine that delivers more power than ever, the revised Venom GT will make its public debut at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas on November 3rd.

According to Hennessey founder and president John Hennessey, this will be the last iteration of the Venom GT. The

Lotus Exige

based supercar will be replaced by the Venom F5, through which the American company wants to offer "improved power and performance both in terms of straight line acceleration as well as road course handling and lap time performance."

But until the F5 arrives, Hennessey claims that the updated GT will be faster than any of its predecessors, especially in the top speed department. As you may remember, in February 2014, the Venom GT recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center, beating the Bugatti Veyron’s 267.7-mph benchmark from 2010. Hennessey says the new GT will be even faster. Read on to find out what new record the folks over at HPE are looking to set.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT.

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2015 Hennessey Venom F5

2015 Hennessey Venom F5

You know that saying "when you’re at the top, there’s no other place to go but down?" Yeah, try telling that to Hennessey. The company that already has the fastest production car in the world (Guinness fails to certify it due to its crafty rules) in its stable is shooting for the stars with plans to develop evil in a vehicular form. The Texas-based company calls this evil on wheels the Venom F5.

Hennessey boss John Hennessey broke the news to Top Gear, gushing about the possibility of the Venom F5 hitting a top speed no other production car in the world has been able to attain. "I think something in the 290-mph range will be possible," Hennessey said.

The man apparently didn’t misspeak when he said "290 mph," which is all the indication you need to know that Mr. Hennessey has either lost his mind or he is determined to drive Bugatti insane with constant pressure from Texas. The Venom F5 name pretty much says it all. That "F5" nomenclature is a reference to the most powerful classification given to tornadoes, or in the case of the Venom, a destructive output of around 1,400 horsepower.

All these horses are reigned in by a single-clutch, paddle-shift transmission, not the Ricardo, six-speed manual found in the Venom GT. You can, however, opt for the manual, if you like.

Start quivering in your boots, Bugatti. It’s better to embrace the inevitable than continue fighting for your cause.

Updated 08/05/2014: Hennessey unveiled a handful of official details on the Venom F5. Check them out after the jump.

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2014 Hennessey Venom GT World's Fastest Edition

2014 Hennessey Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition

Had it not been for some silly rules, like needing 30 production cars to qualify and needing two back-to-back runs, the Hennessey Venom GT would have taken home the title as the "World’s Fastest Production Car" after its 270.49-mph run at Kennedy Space Center. But those rules are in place, and Hennessey couldn’t care less, as it is rolling out a special World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs in very limited quantities.

There is very limited information on the World’s Fastest Edition, but we do know that it features a red, white and blue livery to match the American flag. We also learned that the model will come in at a price tag of $1.25 million.

According to what I can gather, the Venom GT WFE will carry the same 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 as the rest of the Venom GTs. This means that it pumps out 1,244 horsepower, and shoots the hypercar to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in just 13.63 ticks. While the Venom GT only hit 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center, Hennessey claims it can hit about 278 mph.

I’m sure that Hennessey will announce more details on the WFE Venom GT, if there is more to talk about, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Hennessey Venom GT.

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2014 Hennessey Venom GT2

2014 Hennessey Venom GT2

There’s a serpent lying in the bushes. It remains out of plain sight, yet it’s unmistakably lethal and poised to strike at any time.

Translate that into the automotive parlance and you immediately understand that the car in question is the Hennessey Venom GT.

It’s been a little over a year since we last heard anything of relevance surrounding the Venom GT. Sure, it participated in the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in July, but other than that little cameo, the Venom GT has been uncharacteristically out of the spotlight for the better part of the year.

That is until now. Better yet, it’s arriving to the party as a Version 2.0.

The Hennessey Venom GT2 is coming! In an email exchange with Hennessey chief, John Hennessey, we were told that the Venom GT2 is poised to strike the auto world with a significant power increase over the Venom GT along with some design modifications.

According to Hennessey, the carbon- fiber body will still be used, but improvements are in the works for the 2014 GT2. These changes include dihedral hinges on the doors, exposed carbon fiber front air-dam, new hood with the center arch removed, new side-view mirrors, and a double bubble roof that will offer additional headroom.

The most significant aesthetic alterations for 2013 are the headlights. No longer will the Venom GT2 carry the Lotus Elise headlights. Instead, Hennessey has designed a completely original headlight setup that, quite frankly, makes the Venom GT2 that much more striking.

The other big news surrounding the Venom GT2 is the significant uptick in power it’s poised to receive. This increase is thanks to a new 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 powerplant that Hennessey is estimating to produce a staggering 1,500 horsepower. The engine will mate to either a 6-speed Ricardo manual or a new 7-speed paddle shift transmission. Top speed has been projected at an astounding 287 mph, which means that you could very well be reading about the future fastest car in the world.

According to Hennessey, the Venom GT2 should debut in late 2013.

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2013 Hennessey Venom 1000/700R

2013 Hennessey Venom 1000/700R

Hennessey is truly in a class all their own. After delivering the sheer awesomeness that is the Venom based on the Lotus Elise, the company is gracing us with their keen sense of style and power by preparing another package, this time for the new 2013 SRT Viper.

The Viper-based package delivers the same kind of power upgrades as the ones found on the previous package, meaning there are two different power output to choose from. The Venom 700R increases the Viper’s output to an impressive 725 HP, while the Venom 1000 Twin Turbo delivers a mouthwatering 1,120 HP - that’s almost double the standard 640 HP offered by the 2013 Viper.

Like with the previous Venom packages, the new 700R and 1000 Twin Turbo kits provide more of a power update than anything else. The exterior updates are limited to a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit, including new spoilers, new splitters, and a very cool rear wing for the 1000 Twin Turbo version.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Hennessey Venom 1000/700R.

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2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

The sleek and sexy Hennessey Venom GT became a successful model in a very short time and Hennessey is hoping to repeat that success with an open top version of the same sports car. The new Hennessey Venom GT Spyder will be offered with a removable top and will only be produced in a limited run of five units, two of which have already been spoken for. Deliveries will begin in Summer 2012 and prices will start from $1.1 million, about $150,000 more than the Coupe’s top version.

The Venom GT Spyder will be powered by the same Chevrolet sourced V8 engine found in the Coupe with an output of 1,200 HP at 6,500 rpm and 1,155 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. Because of the added weight from the removable roof, performance numbers should be a tad bit slower than the Coupe, which sprints from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds, on its way up to a top speed of 275 mph. The engine will more than likely send its power to the rear wheels via a Ricardo 6-speed gearbox and handling will be facilitated by a KW variant three-adjustable coilover suspension.

As far as its design goes, the Venom GT Spyder will start off with the Lotus Elise base and will follow along the same extreme design lines as its Coupe sibling. We imagine it will also feature the same active aero system with adjustable rear wing that will deploy under varying conditions on both the road and racetrack.

"With the hardtop in place, the Venom GT offers a very visceral, raw, driving experience," said Hennessey CEO, Don Goldman. "With the hardtop removed, the wind and the growl of the twin turbo V8 will offer our clients an even greater driving sensation."

The 1,200 HP will make the Venom GT Spyder the most powerful convertible in the world. Will it also be the fastest? We believe it will, but Hennessey will have to keep that 275 mph top speed intact.

UPDATE 06/01/2012: Following the delivery of the first Venom GT Spyder to Steven Tyler, Hennessey has dropped a pretty impressive picture gallery for their Venom GT Spyder. Enjoy!

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2011 Hennessey Venom GT

2011 Hennessey Venom GT

Hennessey Performance have revealed the official details on the Venom GT supercar. Based on a Lotus Elise, their kit will be limited to only five units, four of which have already being spoken for.

The Venom GT is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1, that delivers a total of 725 bhp. And if this is not enough, the tuner will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. With a curb weight of 2,685 lbs, the 1200 HP Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph.

The supercar features lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, a programmable traction control system, CFD (computational fluid dynamic) tested bodywork, an active aero system with adjustable rear wing, and an adjustable suspension system.

Prices start at $725,000 for the 725 HP variant, and go up to $950,000 for the 1200 HP Big Daddy model.

“Twelve hundred horsepower combined with in a mid-engine chassis that weighs twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs) – no other road car and only a handful of race cars can match the power to weight ratio of the Venom GT,” added HPE president and founder, John Hennessey. “It is a driver’s car, a supercar with a soul that will give you as much speed and performance as you dare ask of it.”

UPDATE 07/06/2012: The Hennessey Venom GT headed back to where it all started - the Goodwood Festival of Speed - to show the crowds just how awesome it is! The proof was in the pudding when the Venom GT shot out flames during its run. Check it out by clicking in the video above.

More details on the Hennessey Venom GT after the jump.

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