By on December 16, 2020

The Hennessey Venom F5 supercar has been unveiled in advance of 2021 customer deliveries. The all-new Venom F5 is built to deliver what the company declares is an exhilarating all-around driving experience, coupled with unparalleled performance. With its power, low weight, and vehicle dynamics, the F5 brags about its handling, and how you may have a truly visceral experience behind the wheel.

Hennessey F-5 Supercar 

Breaking down the nomenclature, venom is a poisonous substance secreted by scorpions, snakes, and spiders, and injected by biting or stinging their prey. From the Fujita tornado intensity rating scale, F5 is the highest category with wind speeds of up to 318 mph. So do we have the world’s fastest snake, or the latest limited edition from the successor to Malcolm Brickin, John Delorean, and Steve Saleen?

Given that there will only be 24 Venom F5s built, with a starting base price of $2.1 million, it is highly unlikely you or anyone else you know will have the opportunity to test the twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter V8, which is said to be the most powerful production vehicle ever made, developing 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 lb-ft of torque. Let’s say that the F5 is capable of reaching 0-124 MPH in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 311 MPH and that John Hennessey isn’t the high commissioner of hyperbole. Hennessey has said he will complete high-speed testing at the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida during the first half of 2021, following testing at his own facility, and at the Circuit of the Americas.

With its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels, and attention paid to lowering mass, the rear-wheel-drive F5 weighs 2,998 pounds. Combined with its stated 1,817 HP, the F5’s power-to-weight ratio at 1,298 HP-per-ton exceeds that of any road car today.

Aerodynamic performance has been refined and evaluated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with a series of coast-down tests, where the car reaches a designated speed then coasts while recording downforce and drag. The F5 uses carbon-ceramic brakes, forged aluminum wheels, and lightweight Penske dampers to keep unsprung mass low. The center of gravity is kept low by positioning the powertrain deep within the car’s sub-structure.

With the engine delivering such immense power, one of the challenges was how best to transfer it through the rear wheels to the ground. The car’s Motec controller will be calibrated for optimum power and traction control. In addition, five different modes, Sport, Track, Drag, Wet, or F5, can be selected to alter the power delivery, traction, and braking performance of the car. Only the top F5 mode unlocks its maximum available power.

The car’s huge 345/30-20 Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 rear tires provide a substantial contact patch to boost traction under acceleration and cornering. At the front are 265/35-19 Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires. These tires were tested to ensure they could withstand the speeds and loads that the car will generate.

The driver-focused cockpit features a Formula 1 or fighter jet-inspired steering wheel and controls, a contrast to the rest of the luxurious, handcrafted, two-place interior. On the inside, the F5 exhibits simplicity, with nothing inside the car that isn’t essential to the act of driving. This saves weight and promotes driver focus, like a pilot in a fighter jet cockpit. The interior is true to the car’s roots displaying raw carbon fiber throughout, with hints of luxury from leather panels on the doors, dashboard, and seats.

Designed and manufactured in the USA, The Hennessey Venom F5 is not to be confused with the cognac of the same name that originated in France in 1765.

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16 Comments on “Hennessey F5 Supercar the World’s Fastest or Full of Hot Air?...”

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    If I paid that much for a car it would have a proper dash.

  • avatar

    My favorite factoid about this vehicle:

    “Full power isn’t available at all times; it’s only unleashed in F5 mode and at 140-plus mph as company president John Hennessey told Motor Authority that’s the point at which the car has enough traction to fully use the power.”

    Bonus factoid: “The F5 is built around a carbon-fiber monocoque that weighs just 189 pounds.”

  • avatar

    How does this scammer keep finding enough marks to fund development of vanity projects like this?

    His true nature was known in the aftermarket community over a decade ago.

    • 0 avatar

      Agree with your comment and I was surprised John Heinricy was involved in the development because I thought he was a pretty straight up guy. I guess if the money is good and you get a chance to hoon 1800hp, why not?

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      Most supercars projects are scams, or at least proposals to scam investors. Just look at how many are announced every year, compared to how many are produced.

      The shock is that Hennessey took so long to get into this particular grift.

  • avatar

    On the Beaufort scale, an F5 is a fresh breeze.

    On the Plastic Fantastic scale, an F5 is a workout on water.

    Put them together and you don’t need this supercar.

  • avatar

    Easiest and least impressive accomplishment in the world: Build an “unlimited” performance sports car sporting an “unlimited” price tag.

    Want to make that effort impressive? Develop and sell an equivalent car that stickers for less than $100,000.00.

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    There’s a snake involved here alright.

    He’s behind the desk in the home office.

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    With only 24 of these being made its almost guaranteed NONE of them will actually be driven. So its a $2.1 billion piece of lawn art.

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    Isn’t Hennessey brand of brandy? What it has to do with cars?

  • avatar

    Heinricy certainly has more cred than Hennessey, who has about zero based on his business trading practices, from what I recall reading. Still, hope springs eternal. Also hope nobody kills themselves trying to go 311 mph in this thing.

    Even if I had a spare two or three million, I’d unfortunately already be far too late to get on the list for a Gordon Murray T50, which weighs 2150 pounds, has a bespoke Cosworth V12, and that big fan that sucks the car to the ground. Murray has a track record in F1 and the McLaren F1, Hennessey was always a horsepower freak above all else.

    All these irrelevant supercars available today speak to the fact that there are a few but significant number of people with the wherewithal to buy them. The 0.1% who’ve made out like bandits while the rest of us have essentially seen blah think of themselves as superior beings for gaming the system one way or the other for the most part. I always have some time for someone like Musk who actually makes things, but the financial types skimming riches off the top, none at all.

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