Check Out The Coolest Features Of The Hennessey Venom F5

In 2016, Hennessey Performance announced that it was discontinuing the Lotus Elise-based Venom GT so that it could focus on a new car. This time around, though, it was to be a completely new build from the ground up. That dream has now been realized in the form of the limited-series Hennessey Venom F5. Only 24 units will be built and if you harbored thoughts of snagging an allocation, you will just have to wait for the cars to pop up in the secondary market as they’re now fully sold out. It joins a league that includes hypercar such as the Bugatti Chiron, McLaren Speedtail, and Koenigsegg Regera.

However, the Venom F5 intends to occupy the top spot all by itself as far as top speed is concerned. John Hennessey, the company’s founder, has claimed that the Venom F5 will be capable of reaching a 311-mph top speed. That remains to be seen, but for now, we check out some of the coolest features that make the Venom F5 a truly special machine.

8th An Engine Called Fury

It is virtually impossible to talk about the Hennessey Venom F5 without pulling the engine into the scope of the conversation at some point. After all, it is at the heart of the car’s bid to crack the 300 mph barrier.

The powerplant, designed in-house by the Hennessey Performance team, is dubbed ‘Fury,’ and for good reason, too. It is a rear mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V8 engine that cranks out 1,817 hp at over 8,000 rpm and 1,193 lb-ft of torque.

7 Lightweight construction

To get the best out of the powerful engine, the team at Hennessey Performance paid a great deal of attention to weight savings during design and construction. The Venom F5 is built around a carbon fiber monocoque that weighs a scant 190 lbs, or less than 100 kg.

This, in addition to various other lightweight components, gives the hypercar a curb weight just shy of 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg). Combine that with the engine output and you get an insane power-to-weight ratio of 0.61 hp/pound (1.34 hp/kg), one of the highest for any road car out there today.

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6 Driving Modes

The Hennessey Venom F5 comes with a total of 5 driving modes: Sport, Wet, Track, Drag, and F5. Selecting any one of them triggers a number of changes to the car’s steering, power delivery, traction control, and electronic stability control.

Interestingly, only the F5 driving mode unlocks the car’s full 1,817-hp potential and that’s after the owner has gone through a special training program at the carmaker’s facility with an ‘F5’ license at the end as proof.

5 track package

There is nothing subtle about the Hennessey Venom F5’s performance. It accelerates like a greased rocket and handles as a proper performance car should. However, in true Hennessey style, an optional Track Package is being offered to elevate the driving experience even more.

It costs $100,000 over the $2.1 million base price and comes with an aggressive front splitter and a rear wing that’s bigger than what you get for the stock car. A significant proportion of the lucky 24 clients have reportedly opted for this package. It takes about an hour to fix and the carmaker will be showing customers how to get it done.

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4 steering wheels

You will immediately notice the steering wheel in an otherwise sparsely laid-out interior. First, it’s fully made from carbon fiber with leather wraps to provide enough grip for the hands. Its styling is inspired by both an airplane ‘yoke’ and an F1 racing car’s steering wheel.

The top of the wheel is loped off to aid the driver’s visibility of the instrumentation and the road ahead. Also, virtually every button, switch, knob, and control that the driver needs is located right on the steering wheel to minimize distractions.

3 Interior layout

As stated earlier, there’s not much going on in the interior of the car once you open up the butterfly doors and step inside. However, that ‘barebones’ layout in itself, conveys a very clear message about what the car is all about – raw, focused performance.

Satin-finish carbon fiber is dominant on the interior, broken only in places like the door panels, dashboard, and seats where you can see trimmings of premium leather. There’s a 7.0-inch instrument cluster screen behind the wheel with a display that changes depending on the selected drive mode.

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2 infotainment

The interior follows the principle of function over form but there are still some nice additions that should make driving the Venom F5 a pleasant experience. One of the additions in this regard is a 9.0-inch Alpine touchscreen infotainment system, located just above the central vents on the dashboard.

It offers support for Apple Car Play and Android Auto with satellite navigation, stereo functionality, and Bluetooth phone pairing for hands-free phone and multimedia use.

1 Exterior design

The design of the Venom F5 was inspired by the McLaren F1 as seen by the low front end and gently rising beltline. Here, like on the inside, the emphasis is on performance, with a sleek aerodynamic profile helping the car achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.39.

Some of the carbon-fiber tub is visible from the exterior and according to Hennessey, the CNC-machined carbon-fiber mesh at the rear of the F5 is the largest piece of machined fiber applied to any car.

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