We received some interesting news last year from Hennessey Performance, recognized mostly as the prolific customizer and a maker of fast SUVs, pickups, modified Corvettes and Vipers, and the unofficial fastest car record owner, that are making forward one more effort to secure the latter title for good, and maybe placing a hearty nail into the coffin of the Bugatti Veyron.
The chosen weapon will be the Hennessey Venom F5 (called after the category of tornado), a greatly modified version of its Venom GT that achieved a fatal speed of 270 miles per hour and this beast of a supercar will be released in 2016.
The F5, Hennessey says, will be able to nearing speed up 290 mph.
“We are very excited about this next chapter of the Venom, which brings forth an all-new design that is not only a powerful and unique statement that our clients are looking for, but a vehicle that will achieve even higher performance through improved aerodynamics,” stated manufacturer founder and President John Hennessey in a press release. “We learned a great deal during the development of the Venom GT in breaking the 270-mph barrier, and we bring that experience to this new design as we look toward raising the performance bar even higher.”
Of course, the power in the Venom F5 will be boosted — this time to 1,400 horsepower, around 200 over the 1,244 found in the GT. That huge power, which is even higher than the 1,360 horsepower manufactured by Koenigsegg’s mental One:1, is combined with a projected curb weight of under 1,300 kilograms (2,866 pounds). “So it’s highly probable the F5 will eclipse the Venom GT’s current acceleration records too, which stand at 14.51 seconds to 200 mph, and 13.63 seconds to 186 mph (300 km/h),” Hennessey said.
It’s unknown if the Hennessey Venom F5 will be, like in the case of GT, based on a Lotus-sourced platform, albeit a highly modified one.
And why not? Lotus cars are famous because of their agility and compact nature, and since Hennessey is finding the engine from elsewhere, those can be some very desired qualities to have in a car like this.
The Hennessey Venom F5 is going to offer a single clutch system, paddle-shift transmission to cut down on shift speeds that will allow the F5 to speed up a lot more quickly. A GPS-based stability/traction control system will help to channel the F5′s huge power and offer an improved edge of safety, whether on a race track or back road, the company said.
A manual option is going to remain available on any one of the 30 models that will be manufactured.
The 7.0-liter V8 engine which is used in the GT will stay a constant, however the turbos will be higher, as well as the fuel system and intercooler potential are improved to manage the demands of improved boost.
The company also informed, of course, that the Hennessey Venom F5 will cost more than the GT’s current eye-popping price of $1.2 million. Of the 29 GTs manufactured, 16 have been sold.
The GT will also be available together with the F5 until its 29-unit production run has been exhausted; the F5 will be formally launched directly the following year, and distributions will begin in late 2016.