HENNESSEY VENOM F5 : 290bhp CAR
Here it is, a world-first look at Hennessey’s Venom F5, Texas’s V8 twin-turbo hyper-thing aiming not just to go quicker than the 268mph Veyron Super Sport, but blow the pesky Bugatti into the weeds, targeting a top speed of 290mph. Perhaps even more. As you’ll likely be aware, earlier this year Hennessey’s first hypercar, the 1,244bhp Venom, hit 270.49mph on Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center runway: faster than the Veyron Super Sport’s 269.86mph recorded vmax (the Bugatti’s official 267.86mph figure, if you’re wondering, was the average of its upwind and downwind runs at Ehra-Lessien).
It will feature improved aerodynamics and possibly exceed 1,400 BHP. John Hennessey himself confirmed that they will be aiming for a top speed in the 290 MPH range, which translates to 466 kilometres per hour. Apart from the added boost, the VenomF5 will also cut through air with a drag coefficient of less than 0.40. The Venom F5 will also boast of a better than 1:1 power to weight ratio, as it will weigh less than 1300 kilos. In addition to the six-speed manual offered in the current Venom, the F5 will be offered with a single-clutch paddle-shift transmission, as a dual-clutch system wasn’t considered due to weight and durability issues. Only 30 such examples will be made and deliveries will begin sometime in 2016. Will Bugatti’s upcoming new car be better and faster? Will Koenigsegg add more power to the One:1? We’ll find out
Kerbweight will remain under 1,300kg – the standard Venom weighs 1,244kg, and there’s no reason to suspect the F5, with its all-carbon bodywork, should be significantly heavier – meaning this car will exceed 1,000bhp per tonne in the power-to-weight department. The Veyron SS makes around 630bhp per tonne. That smart new bodywork, wrapped around a developed version of the mutated Lotus Exige frame that underpins the Venom GT, is far more than just show. The standard Venom GT has a drag coefficient of 0.44, while the F5’s figure will dip below 0.40. Hennessey says this added slipperiness won’t significantly affect stability at speed. “It’ll have more than enough downforce,” he says.
It will adopt a rear-wheel drive layout receiving all that power through a six-speed manual transmission and a single-clutch paddle-shift gearbox. A dual-clutch transmission was considered but Hennessey decided to drop it due to weight and durability issues. Another trick up its sleeve will be a GPS-based traction control system offering calibration for specific circuits. Hennessey will unveil the Venom F5 next year while deliveries will kick off sometime in 2016. More than 30 units are planned, with each carrying an estimated starting price of more than 1.2M USD before taxes.
Source : Top Gear