Nobody likes being No. 2.
Hennessey has its sights set on recapturing the title of the world’s fastest car with its whirlwind Venom F5 named after the most powerful tornado.
You might want to start saving up now for this performance standout due out in 2015.
Of course, this monster, expected to deliver at least 1,400 horsepower with its Corvette-based engine, won’t come cheap – it’s estimated to cost about $2 million.
“We are very excited about this next chapter of the Venom, which brings forth an all-new design that is not only a powerful and unique statement that our clients are looking for, but a vehicle that will achieve even higher performance through improved aerodynamics,” said company president and founder John Hennessey. “We learned a great deal during the development of the Venom GT in breaking the 270-mph barrier, and we bring that experience to this new design as we look toward raising the performance bar even higher.”
The F5’s predecessor, the Hennessey Venom GT, already owns a couple of speed records, including fastest run from 0 to 186mph (13.63 seconds) and fastest run from 0 to 200 (14.51 seconds).
The GT accomplishes this speedy fun with a unique twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 that’s based on the engine from the C6 Corvette Z06.
The twin turbos make all the difference, though, as the Z06 delivers “just” 505 hp compared to 1,244 hp from the GT.
Hennessey’s GT broke the record for top speed run at 265.7 miles per hour, but the Bugatti Veyron came back and topped that with a speed of 267.856 mph. Hennessey went back to the track and thought it had regained the title with another run of 270.49 mph, but Guinness Book of Records requires that at least 30 vehicles have to be built for the record to apply to production cars. Hennessey made just 16 Venom GTs.
Now, though, Hennessey believes it can regain the title for sure next year after it produces 30 of the Venom F5 models to meet the Guinness requirements. Their goal – with an even more super tune of a GM 7.0-liter engine – is an amazing 290 mph, which would shatter the current record owned by Bugatti.
Can you imagine a street-legal car that comes close to 300 mph, thanks to Hennessey’s magic with a heavily modified Corvette engine?
The new Venom F5 will be based on the Lotus Elise chassis, with new even lighter bodywork expected to yield even better aerodynamic performance than the GT.
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