With the all new ford F-150 Lightning electric vehicle still months away from its scheduled delivery date, the Sealy, Texas-based high-performance vehicle builder Hennessey Performance Engineering has served up their own version of a bad-to-the-bone F-150 known as the Venom 775 that is sure to appeal to muscle truck fans everywhere.
In a testament to the raw power this truck is sending to the asphalt, Hennessey pitted it against a Hellcat-powered stock jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is well-known for its brutal launch ability.
Hennessey Venom 775 vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Even with the Trackhawk in track mode, the Venom 775 hangs with the Jeep off the line, and then proceeds to pull ahead all the way to the finish line.
“It just goes; it doesn’t chip, it doesn’t wheel-hop or anything sketchy,” said the Hennessey rep piloting the F-150. “The fact that it beats a stock Trackhawk…it’s pretty amazing.”
Hennessey’s engineers have nearly doubled the output of the F-150’s 5.0-liter V8 engine, adding 375 horsepower to the baseline 400 bhp. This feat is accomplished by means of a 3.0-liter twin-screw supercharger and intercooler system, plus upgrades to the air intake, throttle body, and engine management system.
According to company founder John Hennessey, the Venom 775 is a nod to fans of the blue oval. “Our dedicated Ford customers have been eager for a showroom stock ‘TRX killer’ since Ram unveiled the truck. HPE engineers have delivered with more horsepower, more torque and more capability – I could not be more pleased. Our new Venom 775 F-150 is faster and lighter than the factory TRX, and our order books are filling fast with F-150 fans determined to regain the high-ground,” he said.
Venom 775 Off-Road Package
In addition to the street-going version, Hennessey offers an off-road package that elevates the F-150’s performance with integrated front and rear Venom bumpers, a front LED bar, a 6-inch lift, and 20-inch Hennessey 10-spoke wheels wrapped in 35-inch off-road tires.
With just 100 examples being built, customers buying the Venom 775 tuned Ford will typically spend a total of $90,000-$110,000 including the stock F-150 truck. The vehicle is also backed by Hennessey’s three-year / 36,000 mile warranty and retains all the manufacturer driving modes enabling comfortable cruising or high-power performance at the flick of a switch.
“Obviously the news is out that Ford is bringing back the F-150 Lightning in the form of a pure electric truck, however for all of us out there that are fans of the original Gen-2 supercharged Ford Lightning, you can see how we Thoroughly enjoy the Venom 775 heritage edition sport truck … with a supercharger, with a V8, with an automatic transmission. The true modern-day Ford Lightning—I think we’ve built it; I think we’ve perfected it here,” said a Hennessey representative.