How would you define insane? While some might simply call it a state of absurd or abnormal behavior, a more contemporary/informal approach sees it as something outrageous or unbelievable.
The latter is what we’d describe as the Hennessey Venom F5. It is not by mere coincidence that we stumbled upon the term “insane” when describing the F5 hypercar. It’s easy for a gearhead to be left speechless when they find what the F5 is capable of. Especially someone who finds numbers intriguing.
For starters, the hypercar puts out 1,817 horsepower, enough to move a medium-sized mountain. On top of that, Hennessey claims the car is capable of over 310 mph. Further cementing that the possibility is a recent top speed run that saw the hypercar hit 271.6 mph. So let’s just say 300 mph could, very well, be on the horizon.
Going through the numbers, it’s clear that the hypercar is testing the very limits of engineering. How can one not call this 1,817 horsepower monstrosity anything but insane?
We reckon the Hennessey Venom F5 is, without a doubt, the very definition of insanity. Here’s more proof.
Hennessey Venom F5: It’s In The Name
If you’re not yet sold by the car’s astonishing output, wait till you hear about the level of design and engineering gone into the F5. But before that, let’s discuss the name, which is quite an interesting piece of trivia.
So what’s with the F5 suffix? Ever heard of the Fujita scale? It’s similar to the Richter scale, but measuring earthquakes, unlike this one measures the intensity of a tornado. And F5 is the highest rating on the scale. An F5 tornado can attain speeds as high as 261–318 mph, making it a fitting name for Hennessey’s all-new hypercar. Dramatic enough?
Hennessey Venom F5: A Mix-mash of Popular Hypercar Designs?
Moving on to design, the Venom F5 has no resemblance whatsoever to Hennessey’s previous hypercar, the Venom GT. Essentially, the Venom GT was a Lotus Exige extended wheelbase. Although we make it seem like a Friday afternoon job, the GT was quite far from it. In fact, the Venom GT set a top speed record for two-seater sports cars in 2014. No small feat, shall we say.
Anyway, back to the F5. This hypercar is totally bespoke and built from scratch. You might sense a hint of Laferrari or Lotus Evija in its front-end design, but that’s not a bad thing, now is it? The F5 definitely has an identity, and thanks to its all-carbon tub and aluminum subframes, the hypercar is also among the lightest, at around 3,000 pounds.
The rear of the car is perhaps the most unexciting bit. Of course, it looks unique, but you’d find a striking resemblance to the Maserati MC20. Again, not something bad, but worth pointing out. What you don’t find in an MC20 are the four tailpipes that exit at the center of the rear bumper.
As for the interior, it’s definitely not elegant, and you will notice the extensive use of leather and carbon fiber. The steering wheel, much like the Tesla Model S Plaid, is a yoke-like design. But unlike the Tesla, this one does look way more sophisticated. One could say the design is a mix of Aston Martin Vulcan and Ford GT. There is tactility to the steering mounted controls, portraying quality and attention to detail.
Let’s Talk About the Venom F5’s Party Piece, the 6.6L Twin-turbo V8
It’s time to discuss the hypercar’s mighty engine. The F5 is powered by a rear-mid-mounted 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 1,817 hp at 8,000 rpm. This is quite an impressive feat, considering it’s a push-rod engine with a cross-plane crank. Torque stands at 1,193 lb-ft, which is plenty enough to move most houses.
All this power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed single-clutch transmission. 0-60 takes 2.6 seconds, while top speed is about 272 mph, for the time being. The bespoke engine features a cast-iron block, aluminum cylinder heads, forged pistons, Inconel exhaust valves, titanium inlet valves, and forged steel connecting rods. Additionally, a billet aluminum intake manifold sits atop the engine, on display when you open the hood.
On startup, you’ll notice the engine being one angry piece of kit; you’ll definitely not mistake it for any other car. If its raucous, and frankly, bonkers exhaust note is anything to go by, the F5 should be nothing short of brutal in terms of driving experience.
For reference, Top Gear has taken the Venom F5 to a dragstrip, and the presenter, who simultaneously, while enjoying the car, can also be seen holding onto his dear life. So from what we can tell, the Venom F5 is most certainly a mighty impressive hypercar.