This year's Monterey Car Week featured some of the most impressive supercar and hypercar debuts that the world has ever seen. Amidst all the hubbub, Texas-based tuners Hennessey Performance threw their hat into the ring with the reveal of the monster engine at the heart of their forthcoming Venom F5, first teased over a year ago.
In photos and now in a video posted to YouTube, Hennessey has revealed that their engineering has elevated to an art form, as their first fully custom-built powerplant looks as good, if not better, than the insane power stats they claim it will produce. Hennessey's figures predict a borderline-absurd 0-186 miles per hour sprint of under 10 seconds, with 249 mph coming in under 20. All that is on the way towards the biggest prize of all, the magical 300 mile per hour mark, which would establish the Venom F5 as the world's fastest production car.
The engine's profile shots clearly show its twin-turbo setup, which are bolted onto the custom 7.6-liter V8 and should allow for the production of up to 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 lb-ft of torque. Almost the entire engine is constructed of billet aluminum, with steel cylinder sleeves, which will keep the Venom F5's weight low. The twin-turbo duo themselves utilize compressor wheels made of billet aluminum, as well as ball bearings, and will push boost levels up to 24 psi.
For context, the world's current top speed record-holder is the Koenigsegg Agera RS, with a one-way top speed of 284.55 mph and a two-way average record set at 277.9 mph. The Agera RS produces up to 1,341 horsepower in a car weighing just over 3,000 pounds. All the aluminum in the Venom F5 should help to keep its weight below 3,000 pounds, as will the single-clutch automatic and six-speed manual transmission options (Hennessey opted to forego the quicker shifts of a dual-clutch in favor of lighter options).
Hennessey's goal of 300 miles per hour sounds likely to be met, but the Venom F5's status as featuring the world's most powerful internal combustion engine may not last given that SSC's Tuatara, also unveiled at Monterey Car Week, sounds likely to pack a walloping 1,750 horsepower engine—though SSC's slow development period has not given fans quite the intimate look that Hennessey has allowed.