Hennessey Performance has announced that each one 24 samples of its Venom F5 have now been sold. The news comes after the firm displayed a pair of production examples at Monterey Car Week, with first deliveries set to require place towards the top of the year. Each example costs its buyers $2.1m (c£1.6m).
John Hennessey, company founder, and CEO said: ‘Showing two of the newest F5 models at The Quail and Pebble Beach alongside the likes of Bugatti, Lamborghini and Koenigsegg was an honor for the entire Hennessey team. the very fact that we secured orders from customers who saw the cars at the events is testament to the standard our team has achieved… and we’re yet to succeed in the vehicle’s full potential!’
Along with the announcement, Hennessey added: ‘…we’ve saved a couple of more surprises for the F5, including the Track Pack enhancements, plus something else that’s literally out of this world!’ Though details are still covert, this points towards future upgrades for the F5, and maybe even an extended production run.
February marked the start of the F5’s on-road development, with the powertrain further refined in preparation for high-speed aerodynamic tests. Though it’s already been shown passing 200mph on video, final calibration of its power delivery, high-speed stability, and braking are still required before Hennessey attempts an all-out top speed run. If the Venom hits its 311mph target, it would be the world’s fastest road car by quite some margin.
Delivering this performance could also be a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged LS-series V8 that produces 1792bhp and 1193lb-ft of torque running on E85 fuel. These peak figures reach 8000rpm and 5500rpm respectively, with the redline coming in at 8500rpm. When combined with a claimed 1360kg dry weight, it results in a power-to-weight ratio of 1317bhp/ton power-to-weight ratio, 300bhp/ton quite Koenigsegg’s Agera RS.
Helping it achieve such high outputs could also be a mixture of a singular manifold design, that positions the intercooler between the intake plenum and cylinder heads. this is often paired with the bespoke turbochargers with 3D-printed titanium compressor housings and 76mm compressor wheels. A dry sump, increased cylinder wall, and deck thickness plus various other reinforced components help it achieve almost twice the power of the Bugatti Veyron without rapid unscheduled disassembly.
Turning such numbers to hurry on the road isn’t a simple task, so a Motec engine management system with five engine modes helps manage power relying on the conditions. Grunt is to the rear wheels through a longitudinally-mounted seven-speed single-clutch automated gearbox, 0-62mph is claimed to return in under 3sec, with 0-124mph in under 5.
Named after the very best tornado wind speed category, Hennessey is eyeing a top speed of more than 311mph, with a record run already within the pipeline for 2021 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The US-built SSC Tuatara currently holds the record because of the fastest production car with a 282.9mph two-way average.
The F5’s structure is made around an 86kg carbon fiber tub manufactured from Silverstone-based Delta Motorsport, with carbon fiber body panels bolted atop the front and rear subframes. The part-Inconel exhaust and a basic cabin both contribute to its low curb weight. Forged aluminum wheels and light-weight Penske dampers also help to stay unsprung mass low.
The braking package consists of 380mm Brembo carbon-ceramic discs on all four corners, with six-point front and four-pot rear AP Racing calipers, although we’ve rarely heard of a mixture from two different suppliers within the one system. Wheel sizes are staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, 265-section front, and 345-section at the rear. Hennessey claims that Michelin will test its Cup 2 tires to make sure they will withstand such high speeds before the attempt
As with its predecessor, design is extremely much function over form. It’s clear the design is aero-led for such high top speeds – yet despite this, its 0.39Cd coefficient of drag isn’t particularly impressive; for reference, Porsche’s Taycan Turbo boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.22Cd.
The cabin is claimed to be inspired by a fighter jet, free of distractions and with maximized visibility. Of course, there’s an abundance of carbon fiber, but it’s offset high-quality leather for select elements. Perhaps the foremost notable feature inside is its wheel, with the very best section missing like an aircraft or a Formula 1 car.
Just 24 Venom F5s are set to be produced with prices starting at $2.1m (c£1.6m). Customer deliveries will commence in late 2021.