New Hennessey Venom F5 unveiled with a 1,792bhp twin-turbo V8

Hennessey has launched the new Venom F5, which the firm says will complete a new top speed run next year at a targeted speed of 311mph

This is the new Hennessey Venom F5. It’s the American tuning company’s latest hypercar, which will offer fresh competition for the likes of the Koenigsegg Regera and the Bugatti Chiron SuperSport. Production will be limited to just 24 units, with each example carrying a starting price of $2.1 million (around £1.5 million).

The Venom F5 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V8 engine, Hennessey designed and built completely in-house. It’s a meeting point for high-strength components, with each unit featuring forged aluminium pistons, forged steel connecting rods, titanium exhaust manifolds and a billet aluminium intake manifold.

Power and torque figures stand at 1,792bhp and 1,617Nm respectively – enough, says Hennessey, for a 0–62mph time of 2.6 seconds. The firm also says the F5 will cover the 0–186mph sprint in 8.4 seconds, which is quicker than a Formula One racer. Dry, the Venom weighs 1,360kg, which gives the car a claimed power-to-weight ratio of 1,322bhp per tonne.

A top speed of 311mph is being targeted, and an independently verified top speed test is planned for 2021 at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre. 

New Hennessey Venom F5: chassis and aerodynamics

Unlike most über-powerful hypercars, the Venom does without four-wheel-drive. Instead, power is sent through a seven-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels only – and Hennessey opted for aerodynamics rather than mechanical grip to tame the F5.

Up front there’s a deep front splitter and broad ducting, which channels air underneath the car’s chassis towards an enormous rear diffuser. There’s also a tiny spoiler mounted between the rear lights, although buyers can spec a larger rear wing and a more aggressive front splitter as optional extras.

The Venom F5 is built around a carbon fibre monocoque, which weighs just 86kg. All of the hypercar’s body panels are also made from carbon fibre – and the bodywork was designed to be as sleek as possible, to allow the car to reach the firm’s targeted top speed. Thanks to the low level spoiler and undertray, Hennessey achieved a drag coefficient of 0.39Cd.

Underneath, the F5 features double wishbone suspension and specially designed coilover dampers from Penske. Carbon ceramic brakes also come as standard, with discs supplied by Brembo and calipers by AP racing. Finally, the Venom sits on a set of forged aluminium alloy wheels, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Buyers will also get a choice of five different drive modes – Sport, Track, Drag, Wet and F5. The first four options tinker with the car’s traction control settings and engine map to suit their respective scenarios, while the latter option unlocks the engine’s full potential and allows the Venom to reach its top speed.

Venom F5: interior design

To help keep the Venom F5’s weight to a minimum, Hennessey clad its entire cockpit in raw carbon fibre. For the same reason, even the car’s door pulls have been hewn from the same lightweight material – and only the parts of the steering wheel that the driver holds are finished in leather.

The steering wheel itself is a Formula One-style unit, which features controls for the F5’s lights, wipers, ignition and indicators. Behind the wheel sits a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, which Hennessey says was inspired by the head-up display screens fitted to fighter jets. The unit has a specific display for each of the car’s drive modes.

However, there are a few luxury touches. The carbon fibre bucket seats and door panels are upholstered in a blend of leather and Alcantara – and, despite Hennessey’s fastidious pursuit of speed, there’s air-conditioning and a nine-inch infotainment system, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The pedals are floor-hinged and finished aluminium, while there’s a toolkit mounted in the passenger footwell. As a nod to its American heritage, each Venom F5’s door cards will also feature enamel inserts that depict the Texas and US flags.

Do you think Hennessey will officially claim the 'world’s fastest production car' record with its upcoming re-run? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

New 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One caught on camera
Mercedes-AMG One - 'ring
Mercedes

New 986bhp F1-engined Mercedes-AMG One caught on camera

Mercedes-AMG’s flagship hypercar has been spotted tearing around the Nurburgring, ahead of its expected launch later this year
16 Apr 2021
New 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 supercar undergoes first shakedown
GMA T.50 testing
News

New 2022 Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 supercar undergoes first shakedown

Upcoming GMA T.50 hits the track for the first time but with only limited running
15 Mar 2021
New track-only Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda arrives with 725bhp
Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda - front
News

New track-only Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda arrives with 725bhp

The hardcore Gordon Murray T.50s Niki Lauda is lighter and more powerful than the road car
22 Feb 2021
Naran Automotive unveils aero pack for 1,034bhp hypercar
Naran Automotive Celare Pack - front
News

Naran Automotive unveils aero pack for 1,034bhp hypercar

Naran Automotive’s “Celare Pack” features a detachable rear wing and front splitter, which help to generate a maximum of 1,377kg of downforce
3 Feb 2021

Most Popular

'Just because impressive tech is available, it shouldn’t necessarily be installed in cars'
Opinion tech
Opinion

'Just because impressive tech is available, it shouldn’t necessarily be installed in cars'

Mike Rutherford says designers, car makers and politicians need to consult motorists more often
16 May 2021
New 2022 Dacia Bigster to move budget brand into large SUV market
Dacia Bigster - front (watermarked)
Dacia

New 2022 Dacia Bigster to move budget brand into large SUV market

The Dacia Bigster SUV will arrive with value in mind, but hybrid tech will also appear. Our exclusive images preview how it could look
14 May 2021
New 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe specs confirmed ahead of summer launch
BMW 2 Series Coupe - exclusive image
BMW 2 Series Coupe

New 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe specs confirmed ahead of summer launch

The new BMW 2 Series Coupe will be aimed at keen drivers, with the M240i model offering four-wheel drive and a 369bhp straight-six engine. Our exclusi…
17 May 2021