Hennessey Performance Engineering is undoubtedly one of the most well-known companies in the tuning industry. The Texas-based shop has been cranking out seriously powerful machines for over 25 years now, working mostly with American performance cars. Hennessey has been working on a supercar of their own however, with a working, functioning Hennessey Venom F5 originally slated to make its debut this month. This is no longer the case, but owner John Hennessey states that the debut will happen before years end.
The updated release date came from John Hennessey himself, and was shared during an appearance on the DRIVE ON podcast. According to Hennessey, the production ready Venom F5 was slated to make its debut at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This changed when the Coronavirus pandemic arrived in the United States earlier this year, affecting the auto industry as a whole.
While we weren’t given a concrete release date for the Hennessey Venom F5, the owner did note that the car is nearly complete at this point. The car is slated to undergo its testing phase in early 2021 following its public debut, which seems like a backwards approach to production, but General Motors is doing the same thing with the new 2022 Hummer EV by GMC.
Regardless of when it arrives, the Hennessey Venom F5 should be quite the standout performer. Like a McLaren, the Venom F5 features a carbon fiber tub that weighs in at just 190 lbs. It also has a twin-turbo V8 like the British supercars, though this one is decidedly more American. Based on the LS-platform, this 6.6L V8 wears a pair of Precision ball bearing twin turbochargers and produces 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. That is more than the SSC Tuatara and its Nelson Racing Engines V8 for those keeping score at home. The Venom F5 will also supposedly target a speed of over 300 mph as well, with John Hennessey stating their target top speed is 311 mph. Here’s to hoping they don’t suffer any telemetry mishaps along the way.