The Hennessey Venom F5 is on track to make its world debut sometime in November, likely during the 2020 SEMA Show, should there be one. This is in line with the company’s original plan to release the car before the end of this year, despite the ongoing pandemic. Accompanying the post was a teaser image of the Venom F5, specifically a portion of the car’s rear diffuser. As one might expect when looking at a $1.8 million supercar, the F5 pictured is showing off some seriously cool naked carbon fiber bodywork. It’s a followup to the original Venom – which set a Guinness World Record for the fastest road legal car from 0–186 mph (0–300 km/h) with an average acceleration time of 13.63 seconds. It was based on the Lotus Elise, and possessed over 1,200 horsepower. Only 13 were ever made.
The new Hennessey Venom F5 would appear to be clean sheet design. The company has paraded around a design mock up at various events such as the SEMA Show, but didn’t feature a finished interior, nor did it run.
Much like what we see done over at McLaren, Hennessey has developed a carbon tub for their latest high-speed machine. In total, the chassis weighs just 190 pounds, despite being able to withstand a projected top speed of 310.7+ mph. That has helped to keep the curb weight below 3,000 pounds, which is rather airy for a modern supercar.
Under the rear clamshell of the Hennessey Venom F5 rests one of the craziest engines ever stuck into a “production” car. The LS-based 6.6L Fury V8 engine is mated to a pair of Precision ball bearing twin turbochargers, producing a total output of 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. With that level of power combined with a featherweight construction and a drag coefficient of 0.33, we won’t be surprised to see Hennessey recapture the title of world’s fastest production car.
Hennessey plans to build just 24 Venom F5 hypercars, with 12 units bound for the international market. The company says that almost all of the 12 U.S. cars have been spoken for at this time, but that some are still available. If you’re in the market for a 300+ mph supercar built in Texas, you know who to call.