John Hennessey Says the Venom F5 Isn’t “Looking to Compete” With Other Manufacturers

Hennessey Performance has been a long-standing icon for innovation and performance among automotive enthusiasts. In the past years, we have known the company for its extensive and impressive modifications to already existing cars, such as the original Hennessey Venom GT, which features the body of a Lotus Elise, as well as the team’s offering of heavy modifications to other cars, such the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, Dodge Hellcat and Demon, and the Ford Mustang — as well as other high-performance SUVs and pickup trucks. The new Hennessey Venom F5, however, is a vehicle designed completely at the hands of the Hennessey Performance team.

Hennessey Performance has always just done their own thing

The 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 on display at the Amelia Island Concour d'Elegance Gabrielle R DeSantis, MotorBiscuit
The 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 on display at the Amelia Island Concour d’Elegance | Gabrielle R DeSantis, MotorBiscuit

Many manufacturers that focus on performance are constantly in competition with each other to create better, faster, and more impressive vehicles. We see the struggle to beat the high-speed titans from Bugatti, SSC, and Koenigsegg as they are constantly refining and reworking their hypercars to be the best and beat the records. That isn’t really the case when it comes to Hennessey Performance. While the team at Hennessey does produce some incredibly powerful and impressive vehicles and vehicle modification, the passion for the cars, rather than the competition, has been clear for quite some time. With the release of the new Hennessey Venom F5, you won’t find the vehicle comparable to other supercars and hypercars on the market.

A rare and high-performance hypercar

The chances of seeing the new Hennessey Venom F5 on the streets itself is pretty slim, with the company set to create very few numbers over its total production span. According to John Hennessey, founder and mastermind behind the brand, the company only has the intention of producing 24 of these exquisite hypercars. If you made it up to the Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island, Florida, this year, you may have noticed this car sitting on a simplistic display and could even get the chance to talk to John himself about the vehicle. On several occasions, the Hennessey team did start the car, displaying the symphonic sound of the high-performance engine loud enough to be heard around the show field. But, regardless of several claims on the website, Mr. Hennessey has stated that the Venom F5 “isn’t looking to compete” with other hypercar titans.

Focused on performance to be the “absolute fastest car on Earth”

Instead of competing with other brands, the Hennessey Performance team has one goal in mind with the Venom F5: to be the “absolute fastest car on Earth” — which, as you can imagine, is a pretty tall order. As attempted by the SSC Tuatara in 2020, the Venom F5 aims to hit a top speed of over 311 mph on a two-way validated speed run with a fully production-specced vehicle — that means no tricks of the hat here with a vehicle that isn’t technically street legal. The brand has also stated that the vehicle was designed to handle just as well as it performed, offering versatility that you don’t always see in cars designed to go fast in a straight line.

The 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, and with sights set towards performance rather than competition, it is clear that the team has a focus on performance rather than creating a vehicle designed to dominate over the market. With only 24 set to be produced ever, this car is a true work of collectible machinery and aerodynamics.

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