Hennessey Wants To Hit 300 MPH With The 1600 HP Venom F5

Hennessey Performance has set an ambitious goal of pushing its Venom F5 hypercar to 300 mph (482 km/h) next year.

Unveiled at SEMA last year with blacked-out windows and a yet-to-be-finished interior, the Venom F5 is the Texas tuner’s first production vehicle built from the ground up.

During a comprehensive interview with Automobile Magazine, John Hennessey said the company will build a fully-functional example to set a top speed record before production of the Venom F5 starts in earnest in late 2019.

“Our big, hairy, audacious goal is 300 mph. When we accomplish one goal, we look for the next mountain to climb, and so the real big mountain for us was to design, develop, and build our own bespoke car.

“We’ve been doing this for 27, 28 years. We’re known for going fast, and I was like, “Okay. We beat Bugatti back in 2014 with the Venom GT. What’s the next big number? What’s the next big goal to go for?”, Hennessey explained.

Hennessey is chasing world domination

According to John Hennessey, the company didn’t design the Venom F5 from the outset to specifically hit 300 mph. Instead, that incredible figure only came into the conversation after a coefficient of drag analysis determined that the sleek hypercar has a 0.33 drag coefficient, significantly better than the 0.44 of the original Venom GT.

“The engineers did the math and said, ‘If we can manage the loading on the tires, which we think we can, the car [with 1,600 hp] should exceed 300 mph.'”

When the Hennessey Venom F5 reaches the production line, it will come with an 8.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering 1600 hp and 1300 lb-ft of torque. The hypercar will also weigh less than 3000 lbs (1360 kg).

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  • donald seymour

    8.0 liters? Crazy. Question does anyone know or that the engine is borrowed?

    • Well it still has LS block, but heavily modified.

      • donald seymour

        I have checked the LS blocks and I have not yet found a 8 liter one. However, I have found 8 liter GM truck engine. I’m not sure though. I am just really curious as to what base that they will use, because they said that they were designing their own engine.

        • Well you can always stroke an engine, I think by designing own engine is more like take a block as a base and create new internal, heads and so on. Much like Koenigsegg engine.

          • donald seymour

            True, the Egg’s block is said to originate from a Ford truck engine.

        • Six_Tymes

          base?

          • donald seymour

            Block, i.e. the engine block.

        • FactChecker90803

          Mercuryracing produces LS based blocks for there Marine Engines in the 8.2-liter range, and GM sells a crate LSX 7.4-liter engine, that many bore out to 8.0.

          • donald seymour

            Wow, I didn’t know that. Thought Mercury made everything including the block. And thanks for the education.

          • FactChecker90803

            Mercury makes more of their engine then any other manufacturers, they are psychotic when it comes to quality. The blocks are on the LS, the LT5 or there own designs all cast by Mercury under Mercury QC guidelines. My Dad, has a 1996 C4 ZR-1 powered by the Twin Cam All Aluminum 32 Valve LT5 made by Mercury Marine, the engine runs superbly and Merc still makes parts for it, not that it needs them.

  • Six_Tymes

    I don’t think they can do it. But i do think the car is underrated and a really cool achievement. Whoever drives it, sure has “big balls” because no matter who you are its gonna be a very scary attempt.

  • Hit a bump, go airborne, end

    • Six_Tymes

      forget a bump, tires are the weakest link, just from heat. I do wonder what tires they will use for the attempt.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Still better than a runaway, on fire Tesla anyday.

  • I’d say good luck and don’t forget to deliver your other customer cars.

  • Shane Noyes

    Hennessey said they were going to hit 330mph or better in 2016. Now it’s gonna be 2019 to hit 300.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      It’ll never see the light of day.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    ““Our big, hairy, audacious goal is 300 mph. When we accomplish one goal, we look for the next mountain to climb, and so the real big mountain for us was to design, develop, and build our own bespoke car.”

    Can you use “hairy” and “bespoke” in the same paragraph?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “When the Hennessey Venom F5 reaches the production line, it will come with an 8.0-liter twin-turbo V8 ”

    What!!? No supercharger!!!? And I think the optimal word here should have been “IF”

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