After managing to get the title for the world fastest production car with a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h) with the Venom GT, Hennessey decided to take things even further and released the first photos with the Venom F5. That’s right folks, this is the successor of the Venom GT and Hennessey says that this new hypercar will be even faster, with a top speed beyond 290 mph (466.71 km/h).
Apparently, the Venom F5 took its name from Meteorology 101, where the Fujita scale pegs the strongest tornado as an F5. According to Hennessey, the Venom F5 will be lighter, more powerful and thanks to the clean-sheet carbon-fiber body the drag coefficient will be reduced from 0.44 (Venom GT) to below 0.40.
Under the hood, there will be a new 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which will generate more than 1,400 hp. Thanks to the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, the Venom F5 promises to eclipse the Venom GT’s current acceleration which stands at 14.51 seconds to 200 mph (320 km/h), and 13.63 seconds to 186 mph (300 km/h).
The performances will be achievable thanks to new technologies such as a new single clutch paddle-shift transmission with reduction in shift speeds. Hennesey will still offer the H-pattern manual transmission only to purists. In addition, there is a GPS-based stability/traction control system in order to handle the power delivered by the twin-turbo V8 engine.
Hennessey will unveil the Venom F5 in 2015, while deliveries will start in late 2016. The Texas-based company plans to sell at least 30 Venom F5s and says that it will cost more than the Venom GT, which is currently sold for $1.2 million.
"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." [source: Hennessey]