Hennessey has launched the brand new Venom F5, which the agency says will full a brand new high velocity run subsequent yr at a focused velocity of 311mph

15 Dec 2020

That is the brand new Hennessey Venom F5. It’s the American tuning firm’s newest hypercar, which is able to supply recent competitors for the likes of the Koenigsegg Regera and the Bugatti Chiron SuperSport. Manufacturing will likely be restricted to simply 24 models, with every instance carrying a beginning worth of $2.1 million (round £1.5 million).

The Venom F5 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V8 engine, Hennessey designed and constructed utterly in-house. It’s a gathering level for high-strength parts, with every unit that includes solid aluminium pistons, solid metal connecting rods, titanium exhaust manifolds and a billet aluminium consumption manifold.

Energy and torque figures stand at 1,792bhp and 1,617Nm respectively – sufficient, says Hennessey, for a 0–62mph time of two.6 seconds. The agency additionally says the F5 will cowl the 0–186mph dash in 8.4 seconds, which is faster than a System One racer. Dry, the Venom weighs 1,360kg, which provides the automotive a claimed power-to-weight ratio of 1,322bhp per tonne.

A high velocity of 311mph is being focused, and an independently verified high velocity take a look at is deliberate for 2021 at NASA’s Kennedy Area Centre. 

New Hennessey Venom F5: chassis and aerodynamics

In contrast to most über-powerful hypercars, the Venom does with out four-wheel-drive. As a substitute, energy is distributed by means of a seven-speed computerized gearbox to the rear wheels solely – and Hennessey opted for aerodynamics reasonably than mechanical grip to tame the F5.

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Up entrance there’s a deep entrance splitter and broad ducting, which channels air beneath the automotive’s chassis in the direction of an unlimited rear diffuser. There’s additionally a tiny spoiler mounted between the tail lamps, though patrons can spec a bigger rear wing and a extra aggressive entrance splitter as non-compulsory extras.

The Venom F5 is constructed round a carbon fibre monocoque, which weighs simply 86kg. All the hypercar’s physique panels are additionally comprised of carbon fibre – and the bodywork was designed to be as modern as doable, to permit the automotive to succeed in the agency’s focused high velocity. Due to the low degree spoiler and undertray, Hennessey achieved a drag coefficient of 0.39Cd.

Beneath, the F5 options double wishbone suspension and specifically designed coilover dampers from Penske. Carbon ceramic brakes additionally come as customary, with discs equipped by Brembo and calipers by AP racing. Lastly, the Venom sits on a set of solid aluminium alloy wheels, shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Patrons may even get a selection of 5 totally different drive modes – Sport, Monitor, Drag, Moist and F5. The primary 4 choices tinker with the automotive’s traction management settings and engine map to go well with their respective eventualities, whereas the latter possibility unlocks the engine’s full potential and permits the Venom to succeed in its high velocity.

Venom F5: inside design

To assist preserve the Venom F5’s weight to a minimal, Hennessey clad its whole cockpit in uncooked carbon fibre. For a similar cause, even the automotive’s door pulls have been hewn from the identical light-weight materials – and solely the components of the steering wheel that the driving force holds are completed in leather-based.

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The steering wheel itself is a System One-style unit, which options controls for the F5’s lights, wipers, ignition and indicators. Behind the wheel sits a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, which Hennessey says was impressed by the head-up show screens fitted to fighter jets. The unit has a particular show for every of the automotive’s drive modes.

Nevertheless, there are just a few luxurious touches. The carbon fibre bucket seats and door panels are upholstered in a mix of leather-based and Alcantara – and, regardless of Hennessey’s fastidious pursuit of velocity, there’s air-conditioning and a nine-inch infotainment system, with assist for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The pedals are floor-hinged and completed aluminium, whereas there’s a toolkit mounted within the passenger footwell. As a nod to its American heritage, every Venom F5’s door playing cards may even characteristic enamel inserts that depict the Texas and US flags.

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