Hennessey unveils 1,600 hp Venom F5 at 2017 SEMA Show

Article by Christian A., on November 3, 2017

After numerous teasers that came along with promises of speeds up to 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour), Hennessey finally reveals the highly anticipated and much hyped Venom F5 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Similar to the outgoing model, the new F5 will put its focus on the same thing, and that is speed. But one thing that makes this one more special is that it was built from the ground up.

Unlike the outgoing model, the F5 has gotten rid of the Lotus chassis, but it is now wrapped around a custom carbon fiber tub instead. Most of its body is finished in the same lightweight material too. As for the design, it has been made to look significantly sleeker compared to its predecessor. And for comparison’s sake, the current Venom GT has a coefficient of 0.44 Cd, while its successor has a drag coefficient of only 0.33Cd. The Bugatti Chiron, on the other hand, has a coefficient of 0.38Cd.

Hennessey made it clear that people should not expect to see a hybrid powertrain with any of their models, and that is because he is a “purist”. He prefers to have simple, but elegant functionality - not that he is trying to belittle or bash hybrids.

So what keeps the F5 going is a bespoke 7.4 liter aluminum biturbo V8 that produces as much as 1,600 horsepower (1,193 kilowatts) and 1,300 pound-feet (1,762 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine is then paired with a seven speed single clutch paddle shift gearbox that brings power to the new set of Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires. Customers can opt for an optional gearbox if they are more comfortable with that, though they will have to fight with the GPS-based traction control up to 140 mph (225 kmh).

The F5 can be made even more aggressive when equipped with a special Vmax mode. Its rear wings and seal ducts will be lowered just above the spoiler, which will be perfect for improving aerodynamic efficiency. As for performance, it enables the F5 to sprint to 186 miles per hour (300 kilometers per hour) in only 10 seconds, and less than 20 seconds to reach 249 miles per hour (400 kilometers per hour). It also has a top speed of 301 mph (484 kph). That makes it a few seconds quicker than both the Koenigsegg Agera RS and the Bugatti Chiron.

The cabin looks both sporty and luxurious. It is dressed in mostly leather, combined with carbon fiber and Alcantara trim. Up front is an Apple iPad interface that we have seen in the previous model. There is a lot of space for the driver to move around as well, and Hennessy has also said that it could comfortably fit a six-foot six-inch football player, as this guy will be one of the first owners of the model.

Only 24 examples of this will be built, and each one will have a price tag of $1.6 million, which could add up to $2 million if you get all the options.

Press Release

Hennessey Venom F5 World Premiere

Today at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” experience at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, John Hennessey of Hennessey Special Vehicles will unveil the much-anticipated Venom F5. Together, Shell, Pennzoil and Hennessey have broken barriers, set records and now they’ve co-engineered the next big thing in the automotive industry - and that’s still just the beginning.

The Venom F5 is an all-new hypercar designed and built from the ground up with one goal in mind: To be the absolute fastest road car on earth. Hennessey and team have developed a completely new design, chassis and carbon fiber body focused on aerodynamics to achieve the lowest possible drag. The new F5 design features active aero that will yield a coefficient of drag of just 0.33.

“We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched,” said John Hennessey, company Founder and CEO. “The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line.”

The Hennessey team is developing an all new, twin turbo V8 engine that will deliver over 1600 bhp. The Hennessey engine will be mated to a 7-speed single clutch paddle shift transmission and delivering power down to the rear tires. The Venom will also feature an all new light weight chassis and all carbon fiber body, which will give the F5 a curb weight of 2,950 lbs.

The F5’s combination of light weight, low drag and all-American horsepower will deliver a new level of hypercar performance. Acceleration from 0 to 186 mph (300 km/h) will be less than 10 seconds making the new Venom quicker than current Formula 1 race cars. Zero to 249 mph (400 km/h) and back to rest will be under 30 seconds. The top speed of the Venom F5 is projected to exceed 300 mph.

The base price for the Venom F5 is $1.6 million US dollars. The company plans to build 24 road cars.

“Shell is fortunate to have forged technical and co-engineering alliances with some of the most revered automotive visionaries in the industry,” said Patty Lanning, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants. “Working hand-in-hand with Hennessey on one of the most stunning road cars we’ve seen has been an incredible experience. We share a passion for performance and know that Pennzoil will protect the F5’s engine through development and testing to production.”

In addition to having Pennzoil coursing through the F5 engine, it protects engines in every Hennessey build. Hennessey also relies on Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline to fuel each of their powerhouses from the test track to the road.

John Hennessey has put his pioneering excellence on full display at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” experience for the remainder of the week at the 2017 SEMA Show. In addition to the Venom F5, Hennessey also brought along a Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 and THE EXORCIST TM, based on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Source: Hennessey Performance

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