The automotive industry spans far and wide, bringing a range of car types from all over the planet. One unforgettable motoring gift the United States gave to the world was the muscle car.
People from around the world knew what they were getting when they bought American; raw power, plenty of torque, and aggressive styling. While the muscle car industry still has its fanatics, there is a new breed of American speedster on the scene; the hypercar.
Thanks to the Hennessey Venom F5, the world is celebrating American engineering once more.
We’re going to be putting the Hennessey Venom F5 under the microscope and comparing it to its main competition.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Is Sheer Awesomeness On Wheels
Let’s start by taking a loving look toward this hypercar that sets pulses racing from the moment you set eyes on it. Hennessey has been developing the Venom F5 since 2017, following on from the Venom GT.
Fresh for 2021, Hennessey has brought an updated Venom to the world with the F5. Hennessey had the goal of bringing an elite performance vehicle to the world, and it hit the nail on the head at the first time of asking.
The Venom F5 is the first in-house car to come from the newly established hypercar manufacturer and we hope it won’t be the last. Those fortunate enough to get behind the wheel of the Hennessey hypercar can give the rear-mid-mounted 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine a blast.
Hennessey says its Venom F5 offers 1,817 hp from its rear-wheel-drive flying machine. That works out at an astonishing 277 hp/liter. For the latest model, Hennessey claims its goal is to exceed 311 mph and become the world’s fastest production car.
Weighing just 2,998 lb, thanks to its carbon fiber chassis, the Hennessey puts up almost impossible numbers. No stone was left unturned in the quest for excellence with the Hennessey Venom F5, including the dynamics, which were designed by US racing driver John ‘Heinrocket’ Heinricy. Production is limited to just 24 units that will be priced at a cool $2.1 million, according to Hennessey.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Vs Its Rivals
When it comes to comparing a hypercar to its rivals, the main things to focus on are speed and performance. We’d first like to admit that sitting behind the wheel of any of these cars would be an absolute dream. However, some of these cars perform better than others.
The main competition for the Hennessey Venom F5 is the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, SSC Tuatara, and Koenigsegg Jescko. With the goal of becoming the fastest production car in the world, it’s little surprise that the Venom F5 is the fastest among its competition.
The title of ‘fastest’ comes with a caveat though, that 311+ mph top speed is not official but what Hennessey expects it can achieve. With no official top speed, it’s impossible to know for certain where the Hennessey ranks among its rivals.
For that reason, the Bugatti has to be declared the winner of this race with an official top speed of 304 mph. However, at almost twice the price of the Venom F5, you have to wonder if it’s worth it. For comparison, Tuatara’s top speed is 283 mph and the Jesko maxes out at 275 mph.
Where The Hennessey Venom F5 Really Performs
The Hennessey Venom F5 gets its name from the highest tornado speed rating and that is the manufacturer’s main focus. Hennessey claims its Venom F5 can achieve a 0-124 mph sprint in just 4.7 seconds thanks to the in-house-built ‘Fury’ engine.
The manufacturer really wants the driver to feel like they are in control of something ultrasonic. This is why the cabin is designed with the cockpit of an F1 fighter jet in mind. In particular, the steering wheel, and controls are sharply designed while luxurious touches have been splashed about in the two-place cabin.
That feeling of taming a tornado is what Hennessey hopes its drivers will enjoy. The entire design of the Hennessey is with its top speed in mind but it doesn’t compromise performance elsewhere.
Hennessey describes its hypercar as a ‘decathlete for the road.’ It wanted the car to be about more than just speed with a ‘fully rounded performance at any speed.’
How To Get Your Hands On The Hennessey Venom F5
Getting your hands on this impressive hypercar isn’t going to be easy. Especially now that, according to Top Gear, the Hennessey Venom F5 has officially sold out. However, Hennessey would have hoped it sold out much sooner than August 2021 considering how impressive its car is.
Perhaps a lack of industry prestige for Hennessey left potential buyers unwilling to part with such a large sum of money. There is also the fact that of the 24 Hennessey committed to producing, only 12 will be sold in the United States. The other 12 Venom F5s have been sold internationally.
Eventually, the prospect of owning one of America’s handful of hypercars proved too tempting for buyers. Now, if you wish to get behind the wheel of the Hennessey Venom F5 you will have to know someone that owns it or wait until it goes up for auction. If the Venom F5 impresses its owners, eager drivers may be waiting a very long time to sample this ‘tornado in a bottle.’
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