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Hennessey's 1,600-bhp Venom F5 hypercar takes aim at 300 mph barrier

Hennessey's 1,600-bhp Venom F5...
Hennessey says the Venom F5 will go from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds
Hennessey says the Venom F5 will go from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds
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It was a long time coming, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here
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It was a long time coming, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here
A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
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A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
Headlight detail on the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar
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Headlight detail on the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar
Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
Tail light detail on the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar
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Tail light detail on the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar
It was a long time coming, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here
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It was a long time coming, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here
A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
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A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
A look at the rear of Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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A look at the rear of Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
Hennessey says the Venom F5 will go from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds
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Hennessey says the Venom F5 will go from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds
It was a long time coming, and even longer for diehard supercar fans, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here
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It was a long time coming, and even longer for diehard supercar fans, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here
Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
Hennessey says the Venom F5 will go from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds
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Hennessey says the Venom F5 will go from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds
A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
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A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
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A newly designed chassis and carbon fiber body give Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg)
A look at the side of Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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A look at the side of Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
Wheel closeup on the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar
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Wheel closeup on the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar
Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
John Hennessey, company founder, with the newly unveiled Venom F5
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John Hennessey, company founder, with the newly unveiled Venom F5
A look at the rear of Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
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A look at the rear of Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar

It was a long time coming, and even longer for diehard supercar fans, but Hennessey's new Venom F5 is finally here. The Texas tuning house whipped the covers off its highly anticipated hypercar at SEMA in Las Vegas this week, revealing a mean-looking, carbon fiber body befitting the fastest production car in the world.

First teased in 2014 and built to succeed Hennessey's already ultra-fast, record-busting Venom GT supercar, the F5 is named after the strongest tornado rating on the Fujita scale. Twisters at this severity contain wind speeds of between 261 and 318 mph (420 to 512 km/h), and that is exactly the range where the Venom F5 should do its best work.

Its grand unveiling at SEMA was accompanied by some truly butt-clenching specs. The new twin-turbo V8 is claimed to put out more than 1,600 bhp through a seven-speed paddle shift transmission, with the drag coefficient listed as 0.33, a decent dip from the Venom GT's 0.44. A newly-designed chassis and carbon fiber body make for a curb weight of 2,950 lb (1,338 kg).

John Hennessey, company founder, with the newly unveiled Venom F5
John Hennessey, company founder, with the newly unveiled Venom F5

All of this, Hennessey says, will send the F5 from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in less than 10 seconds, which is faster than a modern-day Formula 1 car. Zero to 249 mph (400 km/h) and back to zero again takes less than 30 seconds, and the top speed is expected to go beyond 300 mph (482 km/h), which would be a world first for a production vehicle.

"We've designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched," said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO. "The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line."

Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar
Hennessey's Venom F5 hypercar

If you're hoping to get behind the wheel of Hennessey's ludicrous hypercar, then you'll need to get your skates on. It plans to build just 24 of them, with a base price of US$1.6 million. The car will be on show at SEMA through to November 3, where New Atlas is on the ground, so stay tuned for more pictures and impressions. In the meantime, you can feast your eyes on this stupendous sample of automotive engineering in the gallery and check out the promo video below.

Source: Hennessey

Hennessey Venom F5: America's Hypercar

7 comments
VincentWolf
It certainly would be entertaining in the hands of Diesel.....or James Bond.
Jugen
Best design launch music ever!
Bruce H. Anderson
I wouldn't describe it as "mean-looking." Sleek, refined, powerful. Of course, once I mashed the throttle (only in my dreams) my perception might change a tad.
Dennis Taylor
F5 or not, there is no "BARRIER" to reaching or exceeding 300 mph. There are quite a few technical hurdles, and the F5 designers may have addressed enough of them to exceed 300 mph. Your headline should use "plateau" or some similar word, but please, not "barrier."
noteugene
Needs to be solid black. Black would just look sexy on this car.
alec baldwin
the new tesla roadster is smoking this pos easily
GregVoevodsky
How about posting a 4K or HD version of the video rather than 10 year old standard 480p? Not the way to sell a hyper car. My question is who is making the 300+ mph tires. Veyron's cost 20-30K for a set good for 12,000 miles.