Hennessey is aiming to break the 300 mph barrier with their upcoming F5 Venom.
We’ve been very patient with Hennessey Performance about their upcoming F5 hypercar, especially when you consider the kind of power stats that are being thrown around. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to be a little bit more patient as Hennessey continues to dial-in their technology so that they have a working car and not just a lot of gas and dreams.
Currently, the F5 is scheduled to begin prototype testing in 2019. In an interview with Motor Authority, company owner John Hennessey believes that the F5 will be a record-setting car.
"We believe our car is capable of going well beyond 300 mph," he told the publication.
The F5 Venom certainly has the power to do it. Under the hood is a 7.6-L twin-turbo V8 currently estimated to produce 1,600 hp and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. Those power figures fluctuate as Hennessey continues to discover just what the engine is capable of. It’s been tested to as much as 2,000 hp, but durability and reliability then become too much of an unknown quantity.
Combined with a chassis with a drag coefficient of just 0.33, the F5 should be able to do zero to sixty in under two seconds.
In his interview, Hennessey said that only 1,520 hp would be needed to break the 300 mph barrier and set a world record for the fastest production car. That record is currently held by Koenigsegg in their Agera RS, which traveled an average speed of 277 mph down the length of a Nevada highway.
Hennessey said they’re aiming for a top speed of 500 km/h, which would be just over 310 mph. To achieve that kind of speed, the F5 will likely need a long stretch of pavement similar to what the Agera RS received during its record attempt. This means we can expect a stretch of Nevada highway to be shut down once again sometime in 2019.
All 12 US-bound Venoms have already been sold, however, there are still a few international models available from Hennessey’s 24-car production run. Each car starts at $1.6 million.