9 Things We Now Know About The Hennessey Venom F5

Building a car that can outgun the world’s fastest production car(s) in a speed test is no mean feat, but it’s been done, time and again. A classic case is world-famous John Hennessey and his incredibly talented henchmen at Hennessey Performance, who built the Venom GT which achieved a top speed of 270.49 mph in 2014 to become the world’s fastest car. But after that, the Chiron, Koenigsegg Agera, and recently the SSC Tuatara, have all at some points “claimed” the hotly contested top spot.



However, Hennessey Performance is back with the successor to the Venom GT super car which will blow all competitors out of the waters. The prospective record slayer is called the Venom F5 and unlike its predecessor which was based on the Lotus, the Venom F5 is 100% bespoke; built new from the ground up. While record-shattering performance is great, Hennessey however claims the Venom F5 will also deliver the world’s most exhilarating all-round driving experience. We just can’t wait!

9 Surname

The most devastating road-going car would need a complimentary, yet symbolic name. Hence, Hennessey named the car after the most devastating tornado level, the “F5.” Based mainly on the damage inflicted on human-built structures and vegetation, a scale for rating tornado intensity called the Fujita-Pearson Scale (FPP Scale) was invented.

On this scale, F5, with a speed of about 261 – 318 mph, is the highest and the most destructive level a tornado can get. A fitting name for this Venom.

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8th Ultra lightweight

The Venom F5’s immensely powerful engine has probably the easiest of tasks for any production car plant – with the Venom F5’s claimed carbon tub weight of a mere 190 pounds in its bare state, the car’s engine will be working against an incredibly light mass.

Aside from its aluminum roof with front and rear subframes, the F5’s body is majorly fabricated with carbon fiber. Also, the car is claimed to have a curb weight of 3053 pounds.


7 fury

Amazingly, F5 is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter V8 engine named ‘Fury,’ and with its projected output, this powerplant is understandably angry. The rear mid-mounted engine generates 1,817 horses at 8,000 rpm and 1,193 lb-ft of torque, all combining to make the Venom F5 the most powerful production vehicle ever.

Fury’s power generation in a car that weighs 2,998 lb equates to a power-to-weight ratio of 1,298hp/ton, the highest of any road car.

6 performance

F5 has a targeted top speed above 311 mph and if that isn’t incredibly insane by any gearhead’s standard, then we don’t know what is. Hennessey has projected the Venom F5 to become the fastest car ever and its claimed performance stats only affirms such lofty aspiration.

By the stats, the amazing Venom F5 is capable of acceleration from rest 0 to 100 mph in 2.6 seconds, to 124 mph in 4.7 seconds, and to 186 mph in 8.4 seconds.

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5 Jet inspired cockpit

In the interior, the Venom F5 is structured to be as driver-focused as it can be. The cockpit is designed to promote maximum driver visibility and functionality by adopting the simple, elegant, and less distracting space which is the signature of fast aircraft.

This is so, as Hennessey believes that “at 311 mph, you’re more of a pilot than a driver.” The hypercar also features a bespoke carbon fiber steering wheel, shaped like a plane ‘yoke’ and an F1 racing car’s steering wheel.


4 Drive Modes

The F5 has five unique vehicle mode selections; These are the Sport, Wet, Drag, Track, and the sickest of them all, the F5. These modes needed a suitable mechanism of power transfer, hence, Hennessey built a special single-clutch CIMA gearbox with seven ratios for it.

It’s a semi-automatic longitudinally-mounted gearbox with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The system has close ratios at the lower end for quick acceleration while the higher ratios can get the F5 to a top speed of more than 311 horses.

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3 Purpose-Led Futuristic Design

Being freshly built from the ground up, the Hennessey team had ample opportunity to greatly improve on the F5’s aerodynamics in comparison to its predecessor’s. The car’s carbon body is crafted to have a sleeker front, a heat-dissipating rear, an innovative rear diffuser, and a flat floor.

This makes the F5 extremely sleeker and more stable at all speed compared to the Venom GT. F5 also has an optional ‘track pack’ with a more aggressive front splitter and a rear-mounted wing.

2 Price

Hennessey started processing customer orders for the Venom F5 and according to the company, as of December 2020, about 12 to 14 units of the car had already been sold. Not much is known about these lucky few as always the case, but (if it ‘ll be of any help) one of them is certainly a 6’6” tall NFL player.

While the Venom F5 was initially sold for $1.6 million, the price later got increased to $2.1 million for the remaining unsold units, after 2020.

1 Production Number

Although the Venom F5’s exterior mock-up was unveiled at the American SEMA Show in 2017, production didn’t start until 2020. By December 2020, 12 units of the car were already sold. Each Venom F5 will be built uniquely to the owner’s specification , as the first was specially finished in “Speed ​​Devil Blue” with exposed carbon fiber accents and highlighted in brushed metallic forged aluminum wheels.

Hennessey said only 24 units will be built. Amazing!

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