Hennessey Performance has unveiled the Venom F5’s powerful twin-turbo V8 engine at last month’s The Quail - A Motorsports Gathering.
John Hennessey, CEO and founder of Hennessey Performance, has made quite a few bold claims about his upcoming Venom F5 hypercar. Numbers like 2,000 horsepower and 300 mph have been thrown around without much forethought, but we’ve all been left to wonder just how exactly the Venom F5 would achieve such incredible feats of performance.
Well, wonder no longer. Hennessey has unveiled the mechanical heart that will power their beast, and it’s certainly an impressive looking piece of hardware.
Revealed at The Quail - A Motorsports Gathering (which might just be the most pretentious name in all of automotive history), Hennessey and Shell president Carlos Maurer took the cover off the Venom’s new engine for the first time.
“We think the engine details shared at The Quail are of major interest to all those who have been following the progress of the Venom F5,” said John Hennessey in a statement. “With a custom-built Hennessey 7.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of achieving more than 1600 bhp at 7,200 rpm (24 psi boost pressure) and Shell and Pennzoil powering and protecting this powerhouse, we’re feeling confident in our quest to set new records in 2019.”
Hennessey went on to reveal maximum torque topped out at 1,300 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm, with a compression ratio of 9.3:1.
However, calling the engine custom-built might be a bit of an overstatement. According to an expose from Jalopnik, the engine is actually a GM LS engine that has been given a bunch of aftermarket parts that anyone can buy online and build on their own. It also explains why Hennessey’s claimed engine bore size had shrunk from 8.0-L to 7.6-L, which is the size of the GM LS engine.
But we’re less concerned with just how truly “custom-built” the engine is and more interested in just what it will allow the Venom F5 to do. Hennessey still stands by his earlier claims that the Venom will be able to achieve speeds of over 300 mph and rocket from 0-60 mph in under two seconds--given some preparation, of course.
Testing on the Venom F5 will begin later in January where we’ll see if Hennessey’s numbers still hold up. Even if they don’t, 15 of the 24 planned Venoms have already been sold, with all 12 US-bound versions taken already.