Based in Texas, the tuner Hennessey has been known for years for the transformation of vehicles. Several of his creations have not failed to attract attention because of their insane power. However, the company wants to go from preparer to manufacturer by marketing a first high performance vehicle, the Venom F5 , a new sports coupe developed entirely in-house.
The Venom F5 thus succeeds the Venom GT, a racing car based on a Lotus Elise / Exige and marketed from 2011 to 2017. With the Venom F5, Hennessey wants, this time, to carve out a place for itself in the realm of supercar manufacturers. The good news is that Hennessey enjoys a certain notoriety and, above all, knows a lot about performance.
The manufacturer announced today that it has completed the first of three phases of development while the first prototype has been tested on the track. The first phase began last February, when the manufacturer focused mainly on the mechanical and dynamic aspect of the car. The car performed according to the manufacturer’s expectations, reaching a speed of 320 km / hour, using only 50% of the power, Hennessey having limited the power of the V8 engine to 900 horsepower while it will produce it. 1,817 when delivered to final production.
Once it has reached its optimum level of performance, the vehicle should be able to reach a top speed of 500 km / hour, which compares to the Bugatti Chiron.
At the heart of the F5 is a Hennessey-designed 6.6-liter V8 known as the “Fury”; it produces 1,817 horsepower and produces 1,193 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful production engine in the world.
The new series of tests in phase 2 of the development will optimize the car’s behavior, its agility and its relationship with the driver. The tests will be carried out on all types of roads and conditions.
According to John Hennessey, founder of the company, 24 units of the Venom F5 will be produced and almost all of them have already been sold. The final production version is slated to premiere as part of Amélia Island’s Concours d’Elegance at the end of May.
Here is the racing car in action: