- Hennessey Performance says its new Venom F5 hypercar has topped 200 mph in aerodynamics testing.
- Chief engineer John Heinrich says that harvesting real world vehicle performance data is accelerating the pace of F5 development.
- The Venom F5 is set for a global debut at the Amelia Island Concours May 22-23.
The Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar has successfully completed the first of three development phases, and chief engineer John Heinrich has signed the car off for dynamic development.
Venom F5 development began in February, concentrating on mechanical refinement, engine fine-tuning, steering and real-world aerodynamic validation, the company says. The tests took place at Hennessey’s test track in Sealy, Texas, as well as the 2.2-mile (3.5 km) runway of a former US Air Force base in Arkansas. Even with the 6.6-liter twin-turbo Hennessey V8’s power being restricted to just 900 hp – helped the claimed 1,817 hp output – the aero testing saw the F5 top 200 mph as part of its mid-speed refinement and coast-down program.
Hennessey Performance chief engineer John Heinrich said that in his 40 years developing high-performance cars, nothing compares to the Venom F5. “We’re making excellent headway in our mission to deliver a world-class hypercar to our customers that handles superbly, while managing its phenomenal power and speed with finesse.
“Every part of our development program is focused on making the Venom F5 the best it can be before customer deliveries start towards the end of this year. Our next phase is the most intense, concentrating on the car’s driving characteristics. We’ll split our testing between racetracks and Texas roads as we harvest data, refine every element and perfect this monster of hypercars.”
Hennessey Performance said that through an intense program of dynamic track and road driving, the second phase of development will determine the Venom F5’s agility, poise and driver feedback.
The company says it is planning to spend hundreds of miles of testing throughout the summer. At places such as Laguna Seca and Circuit of the Americas. Here, the team will unleash that big V8, named Fury, while monitoring all facets of the cars’ handling via state-of-the-art telemetry and data-logging equipment.
John Hennessey, company founder and CEO, claims “almost all” of the Venom F5 24-car production run is already sold. “We’re focused on delivering an all-round hypercar to our customers that rivals the best in the world,” he said, adding that Heinrich’s engineering, racing and high-performance vehicle development skills “will shape the Venom F5’s dynamic capabilities to match its immense power.”
The Amelia Island debut falls mid-way through the car’s development program. After this summer’s road and track testing the final phase will take place in the fall to refine the car’s full-power acceleration, high-speed stability and braking. Once the engineering team signs off on final development, Hennessey hopes to see the car crack 311 mph.
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