After missing out on being crowned as the fastest production car in 2014 on a technicality the Hennessey team hope to get it right this time with their planned unveiling of the Hennessey Venom F5 in 2016.
The Venom F5 is named after the highest Fujita’s scale tornado alert for winds. The winds go at a record 261 to 318mph. This probably are the speeds where the automaker is hoping their car ends up in.
Before the advent of this car’s predecessor The Bugatti was the unassailable and undisputed speed king since 2005. Then, the little known performance team tune up company from Texas entered the scene and even went as far as breaking the Bugatti’s 268mph record by reaching a top speed of 270.49mph. However, this wasn’t enough to pry the crown away from the Bugatti, as they hadn’t met the Guinness Book of Records stipulation of a minimum of 30 cars. However, this time around Hennessey are going to build 30 units, as they want to ensure they get the record this time.
Things seem to be heated up in 2016 in the car industry, as the Hennessey’s main rival Bugatti is releasing the Chiron. The Chiron and Venom F5 are like iPhone and Samsung’s S series is for technology buffs, always awaited with bated breath from car fans. For the Hennessey it is all about the speed, however for the Bugatti it is all about the luxury and comfort as well as the speed.
The Hennessey continues its love-affair with Lotus, as they settled for the Lotus Elise chassis. However, this isn’t your regular chassis as it has been perfected to Hennessey’s hunger for speed.
Thus, how do you increase the speed of a car? Well, you achieve that by giving it more power and reducing its drag. More power at a lesser drag co-efficient of its predecessor that is 0.40 as compared to the previous 0.44 of the Venom GT.
The target by Hennessey for the Venom F5 is at 290mph. However, this target comes off a little bit conservative. A twin-turbo V8 engine will be the source of 1400 bhp or even more. Now if you take the reduced drag and the powerful engine, you get top speeds that can totally eclipse the automaker’s target. However, this will depend on its weight of less than 1300kgs and how its aerodynamics work out in the end.
If you are lucky enough to have around $1.2 million to $1.5 million then you could be one of the fortunate 30 owners. Hennessey are scheduled to unveil the car this year (2015), however they’ll start delivering the cars to customers late next year.
To be honest if Hennessey had built a car that had superseded the 200mph mark they wouldn’t be ill advised at giving themselves a pat on the back. However, this isn’t enough for them as they are hungry and gunning for success next year.
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