Since the company has previously said the F5 aims to become the “first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph (482 km/h),” it needs a massive engine with huge performance numbers. That’s exactly what was unveiled today as the engine is a twin-turbo 7.6-liter V8 that is capable of producing more than 1,600 hp (1,193 kW / 1,622 PS) and 1,300 lb-ft (1,760 Nm) torque.
To put those numbers into perspective, the Bugatti Divo has a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine which produces 1,479 hp (1,103 kW / 1,500 PS) and – presumably – 1,180 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque. However, that particular car will be limited to 236 mph (380 km/h).
Getting back to the Venom F5, the engine is made from a billet aluminum block and features steel cylinder sleeves as well as a 9.3:1 compression ratio. The engine also has two turbochargers featuring stainless steel headers and billet compressor wheels.
The company didn’t say much else about the engine, but John Hennessey stated they’re “feeling confident” about setting new records in 2019. HSV also confirmed that 15 of the 24 F5s have already been spoken for.
It remains to be seen if the car will actually be able to hit its performance targets, but Hennessey has previously said the F5 will weigh 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg) and be able to accelerate from 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) in less than 10 seconds. The dash to 249 mph (400 km/h) is slated to take less than 30 seconds and the 300 mph (482 km/h) mark is expected to arrive shortly thereafter.