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Even John Hennessey Isn’t Sure If The Venom F5 Will Hit 300 MPH 15
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports on 12 15th, 2017

In early November, Hennessey unveiled the Venom F5 with an ambitious claim that it will hit 301 mph (484 km/h).

At the time, such a top speed seemed rather far-fetched. After all, Bugatti had previously declared that the Chiron won’t reach the 300-mph mark. However, a few days after the Venom F5’s launch, Koenigsegg set a new production car top speed world record, reaching an average of 277.9 mph and 284 mph during a single pass.

With this in mind, is John Hennessey’s claim of 300 mph actually achievable?

A few weeks back, Jalopnik asserted that it was extremely unlikely because of the tires used by the Venom F5. According to tire experts and even Michelin themselves, Hennessey’s claims could be somewhat excessive.

Responding to these assertions, John Hennessey recently spoke with Jalopnik at the LA Auto Show, indicating that the Texas tuner doesn’t really know what speeds the F5’s tires will tolerate.

“I guess my general statement about tires is like if you ask the submarine commander how deep will the submarine go? They don’t really know. Now you know we don’t really know what the upper limit is, and I don’t think any tire manufacturer from Pirelli to Michelin or anybody else.

“Those guys aren’t going to go on the record from a liability standpoint—sure they’re not going to say.

“So if I was a little more casual and relaxed probably because I’d had a margarita [when first discussing a 301 mph top speed]. You know we’re going, you’re trying, to go 300. We’d like to go 300,” Hennessey said.

The man behind the tuner doesn’t seem so resolute about the Venom F5’s top speed abilities after all. However, he did say that if the company feels like it reaches the limit of the tires during high-speed testing, it will put a speed limiter on the hypercar.

“If we get to a point where whatever speed it might be—280, 285 or 290, and we feel like, okay that’s the limit of the tires, we will put a speed limit on the car. Okay? You put a limit on because, again, safety is paramount.”

Engineering Explained recently said that on paper, the Venom F5 has enough grunt to reach 300 mph, claiming that the only limiting factor will be tire technology.

Watch this space…


Can Hennessey Venom F5 Hit 300 MPH? Math Says Yes 4
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, video on 12 4th, 2017

Last month, Hennessey launched the Venom F5, a car that promises to hit speeds in excess of 300 mph (482 km/h), thus claiming the title of fastest road car in the world.

In order to get there, it employs a new twin turbocharged V8 engine, good for 1,600 HP. The car is also much lighter than hypercars such as the Bugatti Chiron, with a curb weight of just 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg).

Earlier this year, the Engineering Explained YouTube channel came out with a video explaining why production cars have yet to hit 300 mph. Simply put, they didn’t have enough power to overcome aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and cooling drag.

According to some very intricate calculations, a hypercar like the Veyron would require roughly 1,800 HP in order to hit the mark, whereas the lighter Venom F5 could actually do it with less than what its powertrain is currently putting down.

While we’re not going to walk you through the entire video, we should say that Hennessey did a heck of a job with the F5’s drag coefficient and power-to-weight ratio. Now let’s just hope it’s got sufficient cooling and good enough tires to get the job done, because we desperately want to see it get up to those speeds.


Hennessey Reveals Carbon Fiber Interior Of Venom F5 21
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports, tuning on 11 21st, 2017

Shortly after Hennessey premiered the Venom F5 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Texas tuner has released the first images of the hypercar’s interior.

Like a recent teaser image indicated, the cabin of the Venom F5 is dominated by carbon fiber and looks to be a serious improvement over the Venom GT in terms of overall quality.

Unsurprisingly, the cabin is quite narrow and consists of two bucket seats which appear to be fixed to the floor. Elsewhere, the Venom F5 includes a narrow, carbon fiber transmission tunnel that runs up to a large touchscreen housing the car’s infotainment features. Elsewhere, we can see a trio of air vents arranged in a similar format to the tailpipes.

Two different steering wheel and gauge clusters will be offered to customers. The first sees the fitment of a carbon wheel with a flat bottom and top. It is then joined by a digital gauge cluster. Alternatively, Hennessey will also offer a steering wheel that houses its very own cluster, somewhat similar to the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

As cool as the interior of the Venom F5 is, it is far from the vehicle’s standout feature. Instead, it is the twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 1,600 hp that promises to make the Venom F5 unlike any car before it, potentially capable of accelerating to over 300 mph (482 km/h).


John Hennessey Says He’s Motivated By Koenigsegg’s Speed Record 13
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Koenigsegg, Record on 11 13th, 2017

Shortly after Koenigsegg smashed the top speed record for a production car, John Hennessey said the Swedish firm’s achievement has motivated him to reclaim the record with the Venom F5.

Speaking with Top Gear, Hennessey stated he was initially skeptical after hearing about Koenigsegg’s record average speed.

“My first thought was ‘did they run both directions?’, because that’s a question everybody asks us. Then I wondered if they’d brought proper Racelogic VBOX equipment to validate the data. I later heard that they did. So once I saw the official news come out on Instagram and then YouTube, I looked at it and I thought they did it right. And fair play to them,” he said.

“I’m not worried about it [Koenigsegg’s speed], I’m excited and motivated. I’ve been waiting almost four years for somebody to better the record. And once you have more players that are playing in the top speed game, then you have more relevance.”

As development of the new Venom F5 is only in its early stages, the Texas tuner isn’t yet in a position to challenge the 277.8 mph two-way average set by the Agera RS. Instead, Hennessey said he will let Bugatti and Koenigsegg fight each other for the title of world’s fastest production car for a while.

“It all puts pressure on Bugatti, to step up and deliver the number that everybody expects them to do. Then we’ll let those guys duke it out for a little while, then, once we figure out which one of those guys [Koenigsegg and Bugatti] is going the fastest, then we’ll take the F5 out and lay down a number.”

On paper, the Venom F5 has the potential to rival both the 1,360 hp Agera RS and 1,500 hp Chiron. Powering the new American hypercar is a twin-turbo V8 with 1,600 hp. When combined with a curb weight of just 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg), the car will apparently hit 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 10 seconds and potentially, reach 300 mph (482 km/h).


Hennessey Venom F5 Makes First Video Appearance To The Tune Of Aerosmith 2
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, new cars, SEMA show, video on 11 2nd, 2017

If there's such a thing as being crazy, stupid fast, the new Hennessey Venom F5 certainly qualifies, to the delight of pretty much every petrolhead on Earth.
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Hennessey Unveils 1,600 HP, 301 MPH Venom F5 In Vegas 1
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in featured, Galleries, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, new cars, SEMA show on 11 1st, 2017

Hennessey's all-new hypercar, the Venom F5, was built with just one goal in mind, to be the fastest road car in the world. With a top speed in excess of 300 mph (482 km/h), all we can say is they've done it!
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Hennessey Teases Venom F5 One Last Time Ahead Of Wednesday’s Unveiling 31
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, SEMA show on 10 31st, 2017

Powered by a twin-turbo V8 with close to 1,500 HP, the Hennessey Venom F5 has (in theory, at least) the Bugatti Chiron's performance credentials right in its sights.
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Hennessey Teases The Venom F5’s Carbon-Clad Interior 24
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports on 10 24th, 2017

Hennessey has just released a new teaser image of the Venom F5, revealing part of the hypercar’s interior.
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Hennessey Confirms Chiron-Challenging Venom F5 Debut At SEMA On November 1 19
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports, SEMA, video on 10 19th, 2017

Hennessey Performance will reveal the new Venom F5, a twin-turbo V8 hypercar to challenge the Bugatti Chiron, at SEMA in Las Vegas on November 1.
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