Hennessey Venom F5 Blows Past 200 MPH Despite Being Down 50 Percent on Power
The Hennessey Venom F5 has been in the works for quite some time. As a result, it’s evolved slightly since we first saw it many years ago. This included starting with a proposed 7.4-liter engine which later morphed into an 8.0-liter engine, ending up finally at 6.6 liters. Regardless of its size, Hennessey confirmed the powertrain would push out a max output of 1,817 hp.
While a four-digit horsepower is nothing to scoff at, Hennessey’s latest video shows us what this engine can do when it’s down 50 percent on power. Despite its restricted output, this American hypercar blasts past 200 mph on an air stip.
What is a Hennessey Venom F5?
While the Hennessey Venom F5 is undoubtedly a hypercar, it has one main goal to surpass the 300-mph barrier. On engine power alone, it certainly has the goods under its hood. As mentioned earlier, the F5 packs a twin-turbo V8 in the middle producing up to 1,871 hp.
All of that power travels through a seven-speed single-clutch semi-automatic transmission. Given the amount of power running through it, a dual-clutch simply isn’t durable enough.
Since the Hennessey Venom F5 is still undergoing testing, we’ll have to settle for a set of simulated performance figures. This includes a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a 0-124 mph time of 4.7 seconds. However, the most impressive figure is the 0-250 mph time of 15.5 seconds. As a result, this hypercar will reach 250 mph before most cars can cover a quarter of a mile.
However, the main goal here is to cross the 300-mph barrier. According to Hennessey, this hypercar should top out at exactly 311 mph. While this is likely due to its gearing, there only a handful of places on the planet where this top speed is possible.
The production car should surpass 300 mph
Before the Hennessey Venom F5 even gets close to 300 mph, it needs to go through its aerodynamic testing. That’s exactly what this latest on-track video shows us. According to the carmaker, the car was restricted to just 900 hp; it still displayed impressive performance on the track. We can see this by the POV footage, which clearly shows the car’s digital dash registering over 200 mph.
The point of this test was to see how the air travels over the car at speed. The main goal was to refine the car’s behavior at these speeds. As a result, once the full power is unleashed and the car starts to get up in speed, it’ll remain stable.
Since customers will hypothetically achieve these speeds on closed tracks, Hennessey seems to want to make sure it is putting out a quality product that’ll keep customers safe, even at speed.
How much does a Hennessey Venom F5 cost?
Chances are, we’ll likely never see a Hennessey Venom F5 out in the wild. Aside from costing around $1 million, the carmaker plans to build only 24 examples of this hypercar in total. Out of this batch, the carmaker claims to have sold almost all of the available cars. The timeline for delivery is set for the end of this year.