Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Venom F5

Named after the Fujita scale’s maximum tornado alert for winds of 261 to 318mph, F5 – the strongest tornado is perfect name for the next Venom. The Venom F5 will have a top speed of 290 miles per hour!

The Venom F5 will be unveiled in 2015, with first deliveries reaching customers in 2016. The company plans to produce 30 examples of the Venom F5, at a price higher than that of the Venom Gt, which currently sells for $1,200,000 (plus taxes). The Venom Gt will continue to be offered, and right now 16 cars of the 29-car production run have been sold.

“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,” said company president and founder John Hennessey. “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.”

The 7.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine has been modified and adapted to produce in excess of 1400bhp. This car will exceed 1,000bhp per tonne in the power-to-weight department. The Veyron SS makes around 630bhp per tonne. The standard Venom GT has a drag coefficient of 0.44, while the F5′s figure will dip below 0.40.

The Venom F5 will feature a GPS-based stability/traction control system that can be pre-loaded with circuit information. This allows the advanced traction systems to read a racetrack and adjust levels of grip according to the surface type, camber and incline. The F5 will be offered with a single-clutch paddle-shift transmission: a dual-clutch ‘box was rejected on grounds of weight and durability.
Are you ready for the new tornado?