Hennessey Venom F5 Revolution: An 1800 HP Road Legal Racecar
For years the Hennessy brand has been improving horsepower and handling on vehicles. From a host of Ford vehicles like the Raptor and the GT500 to Chevrolet Corvettes and even the Jeep Trackhawk, John Hennessey has brought even more madness to the American muscle world. The company was founded in 1991 and began modifying customer cars and developing complete packages for specific vehicles. Hennessey’s motto is “Making fast cars faster,” and they do just that. Even with their first production car, which recently got a new makeover named the Venom F5 Revolution.
Is the Hennessey Venom F5 a real car?
Hennessey is known for its outlandishly fast vehicles, but their first production car is built in extremely limited numbers. For the standard Venom F5, there are only 24 units. All of these have been sold at the eye-watering price point of $1.6 million for the first twelve and $2.1 million for the last twelve. The standard version of the Venom F5 weighs just over 3000 pounds thanks to a carbon fiber chassis. It is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine dubbed “Fury,” which produces 1,817 horsepower and 1193 lb-ft of torque.
The combination of lightweight and extremely powerful is necessary for Hennessey to hit their goal of the F5 being the fastest production car in the world. Although the record hasn’t been set yet, the Venom F5 is geared for an astonishing 334 miles per hour. This mile per hour would beat the current record holder, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, by 30 miles per hour. The top speed of the Venom F5 is still theoretical, as it has yet to make an official run with all the necessary measuring devices. However, John Hennessey confirmed with Car&Driver that he thinks the car will be capable of an independently verified two-way 500 km/h (311 mph).
What is the Venom F5 Revolution?
Hennessey recently announced that there would be another run of 24 F5s, but this time with a focus on the track. With the Venom F5 still yet to deliver on the company’s promise of being the fastest production car, they are still proceeding with a stripped version of the already insane vehicle. The Revolution will dawn some new aerodynamic pieces, including an adjustable rear wing with stars-and-stripes endplates. The adjustable wing is claimed by Hennessey to be able to make more than 800 pounds of downforce at 186 mph and 1400 pounds at 249 mph. Total downforce numbers for the Revolution haven’t been released, but the large front splitter and rear diffuser suggest it will be impressive.
Power figures for the Venom F5 Revolution have not changed from the standard version. This is alright, as the engine package produces a brutal 1,817 horsepower. The Revolution will be slower than the standard version due to the increased drag of the newly added aero pieces. However, the car will outperform the standard version on the track.
How much does the Venom F5 Revolution cost?
With only 24 of the cars being built, Hennessey has set the price of the Venom F5 Revolution at $2.7 million. This price point will make the standard Venom F5 owners feel like they got a deal. Considering the extra time it must have taken to develop the aerodynamics, the added $600,000 cost would make sense. Driver focus continues with the Revolution as the company tunes the suspension more for setting lap times than daily driving. Weight has also been taken into account, with 50 pounds being pulled from the standard car. Even with the added aero pieces and a new air intake, the car is lighter than before. It does beg the question if they could have added more power to the car to compensate for the added drag from the aero pieces.
The Hennesey Venom F5 Revolution is brilliant
Taking the ludicrously fast Venom F5 and adding aerodynamic elements to it is the perfect recipe for a track weapon. Most of Hennesseys vehicles are already absurd, but for their pride and joy, it comes as no surprise that they would tinker with them even more. A very lofty price tag separates the Venom F5 from standard traffic, along with the fact it has no airbags. No airbags mean the cars cannot have full federal homologation, so they are sold under “show and display” exemption due to the limited numbers. Will Hennessey’s release set any track records with the Revolution? We will have to wait and see.