Late last year, Hennessey Performance finally revealed the production version of the Venom F5 hypercar. After seeing the concept all the way back in 2017, we were wondering whether the radical speed machine would ever see the light of day, but it was just a matter of time. And now that the vehicle has been officially revealed, Hennessey is wasting no time with the development cycle. The latest round of testing has been for aerodynamics and refinement testing at “mid-speed” at an Arkansas airstrip piloted by John Heinricy. And the craziest thing is 200 mph is what the Texas tuning company is defining as mid-speed.
That’s because eventually Hennessey will chase the 311 mph that the Venom F5 name hints at, which could challenge the SSC Tuatara for top speed supremacy. But this wasn’t that eventual top speed run, and the car wasn’t even using full power, only a measly 900 hp. Still, it passed the all-important 200 mph mark, and it got there rather quickly. Take a look at Hennessey’s video below to see it. It sounds rather fantastic too.
The Hennessey Venom F5 also had quite a special person behind the wheel. John Heinricy, the man responsible for many of the best performance General Motors vehicles and Corvettes we’ve seen over the years, is now the chief engineer for Hennessey Performance.
Heinricy, nicknamed the “Heinrocket,” also has a distinguished racing career. Behind the wheel of the Venom F5, he brought it up to to speed with little drama, a testament to the vehicle and driver skill.
In an interview with Car and Driver, Heinricy said top speed is one, but not the only priority he has for Hennessey Venom F5 development. The vehicle also needs to compete with the best of the best in the corners. “Sure, we’re focusing on top speed and being the fastest on the racetrack, but we’re also looking at the whole balance,” said Heinricy.
He wants the Hennessey Venom F5 to be a genuinely useable car, something he pioneered with his work on the Chevrolet Corvette over the years. But as Hennessey Performance ramps up from this initial 900 hp, 200 mph run, it’s clear the speed is here and it’s only getting crazier.