After months of teasers, the Hennessey Venom F5 has been fully revealed at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Company founder John Hennessey set out to build the fastest road car on Earth, and his latest supercar just might have the specs to pull that off.
The Venom F5 is powered by an “all-American” twin-turbo 7.4-liter V-8 that produces more than 1,600 hp, according to Hennessey. That engine is mounted amidships and comes mated to a seven-speed single-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.
The drivetrain powers the rear wheels only, and is said to be capable of accelerating the 2,950-pound F5 to 186 mph from a standstill in less than 10 seconds. The sprint from 0-249 mph is estimated in under 30 seconds, and as we previously reported, Hennessey projects top speed will exceed 300 mph.
Hennessey Specialty Vehicles developed the chassis and carbon-fiber body from the ground up with a focus on aerodynamics and lightness. The builders claim a drag coefficient of 0.33. Design work for the low-slung coupe was also done in-house.
“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, in a release.
“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.”
Pennzoil worked with Hennessey to develop lubricants for the F5’s high-performance drivetrain.
Hennessey plans to build 24 copies of the Venom F5, and each will be priced at $1.6 million.