Hennessey’s CEO says that zero to sixty times are no longer relevant when talking about hypercars like their upcoming Venom F5.
It seems like an odd about-face for John Hennessey, CEO and founder of Hennessey Performance, to say that going from zero to sixty miles per hour quickly doesn’t matter anymore considering they’ve made a name for themselves on supercharging everything under the sun so that it can go from zero to sixty very quickly. But we live in a bizarre world, so we should really expect some bizarre turnabouts these days.
In an interview with Motor Authority, Hennessey made it clear that he doesn’t find the age-old 0-60 mph performance stat to be at all relevant in modern hypercars. "How many cars, most of them electric, can go 0-60 in under three seconds now?” Hennessey asked. “What’s the big deal?"
That’s not to say that Hennessey no longer cares about acceleration at all; he just thinks the bars need to be moved a little further forward. "In my book...within the realm of hypercars, what does the car do from 60 to 260?"
Even though Hennessey no longer seems to care about the 0-60 metric, he was still quick to point out that the upcoming Venom F5 can race from zero to sixty miles per hour in under two seconds.
Acceleration wasn’t the only thing that Hennessey wanted to talk about--he also had a few words for top speed. Specifically, Bugatti’s lack of enthusiasm for even attempting a speed record with their 1,479 hp Chiron hypercar.
"Bugatti's sandbaggin'," he said. For those unable to look up this definition on Urban Dictionary, he means Bugatti is deliberately avoiding any land-speed records. Probably because it sets too high of an expectation for their customers.
Bugatti previously held the top speed position back in 2010, but later saw their record broken by the Hennessey Venom GT. The current record holder is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which reached an average top speed of 277.9 mph on a highway on Nevada.
Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelman has said that the Chiron could easily hot 280 mph, but that Bugatti isn’t interested in setting land speed records. Hennessey says the Venom F5 is capable “of going well beyond 300 mph," and even believes that 311 mph is within reach.
The Venom F5 is powered by a 7.6-L twin-turbo V8 engine said to produce 1,600 hp and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. Only 24 examples of the F5 will be produced, of which 15 have already been sold. All 12 US-bound models are already spoken for, but some international models are still available for sale.