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Hennessey Performance Engineering unveiled their newest hypercar, the Venom F5, back in November at SEMA 2017. The successor to the Venom GT, the Hennessey Venom F5 is named with reference to the Fujita scale – a speed rating given for tornados.
Fujita scale starts from F-0 which indicates winds which move at 40 – 72mph (64.4 – 116km/h) and goes all the way up to 'F-5', which indicate tornadoes that travel at speeds of 261 – 318mph (420 – 511km/h). Hence, there is no need to mention what Hennessey meant by their new product's name.
The Hennessey Venom F5 was recently showcased at ‘The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering' in Monterey California; the same place where the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ was unveiled. Being a limited-production hypercar, the Venom F5 gained a lot of attention at the event and some even flocked in just to see it in person.
The Venom F5 is claimed to have a top speed of 301mph or 484km/h; easily the highest for any road-legal car. To put things into perspective, the current fastest car in the world is the Koenigsegg Agera RS with a recorded top speed of 458km/h. Even the Bugatti Chiron has got a lesser top speed at 420km/h (limited) and the figure is even lower for the new Bugatti Divo – the car "built for corners".
But the best part of the Hennessey Venom F5 is not the stats but its turbocharged V8 engine, which is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Here are some facts and figures of the engine!
The Venom F5 is powered by a 7.6-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which makes over 1600bhp and 1700Nm of torque. These figures are more than that of the Bugatti Chiron and the Koenigsegg Regera by almost 100 units. The only popular hypercar which beats the Venom F5's output is the Rimac C_Two which puts out 1914bhp. However, the C_Two is an all-electric hypercar.
For the same reason, the Hennessey Venom F5 is the new benchmark among internal combustion cars. The size of the turbos itself intimidates every other engine on the planet.
The engine was developed in partnership with leading brands such as Pennzoil and Shell, taking more than two years to complete. Hennessey shared that the Venom F5 will make use of Pennzoil Platinum 10W-60 Full Synthetic oil and Shell V-Power Nitro+ petrol to attain its claimed performance figures.
The V8 block is made out of billet aluminium and has got steel cylinder sleeves. It can run at a compression ratio of 9.3:1, along with a high boost pressure of 24psi. Stainless steel headers and dry sump lubrication (lubricant is supplied from an external system and is not stored in the crankcase as in common cars – wet sump lubrication) allow the engine to sit lower in the chassis.
The American tuning house also plans to give the car some rounds at the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in Germany. Hennessey targets a sub-seven-minute lap time or maybe even lesser than the highest recorded yet (for a production car). As for the pricing, the Hennessey Venom F5 will probably cost more than a million and 15 out of the 24 units have already been ordered.
Thoughts On The Hennessey Venom F5
The Hennessey Venom F5 is one of those cars for which the term ‘insane' is considered as an understatement. Its predecessor, the Venom GT, was the fastest car in the world at a point. While the Venom GT was based on a Lotus Elise platform, the F5 has been built from the ground up; making things a bit more interesting.
Whether the Venom F5 can top its claimed performance figures is something we have to wait and see. But knowing the company's potential, we have no doubts!