HENNESSEY CONSIDERS VENOM F5 ROADSTER
AS COUPE PRODUCTION BEGINS
Sealy, Texas (May 15, 2019) — Hennessey Special Vehicles has begun building the first Venom F5, which has an all-new, light-weight carbon fiber tub. The first prototype is scheduled to begin testing later this year.
The Venom F5 prototype progress includes:
- All new carbon fiber chassis designed and engineered by Delta Motorsport based in Silverstone, England.
- Carbon fiber tub structure is designed to be able to operate as an open top roadster as well as hard top coupe.
- Additionally, Hennessey will consider offering a Roadster option after coupe deliveries begin in early 2020.
- If Venom F5 Roadster did go into production it would not happen until 2021 or later as the company is committed to building coupes through 2020.
- Only 24 Venom F5 coupes will be offered. If a Roadster variant is offered, they would be in addition to the 24 F5 hardtop coupes and would also be more expensive than the current base price of $1.6 million.
Automakers race to reach a first: A production car that can hit 300 mph
Hennessey Performance Engineering is known for turning hot cars into super cars. One of its most popular cars, a modified Camaro called the Exorcist, goes from zero to sixty in less than three seconds and can reach a top speed of 217 mph. That’s not even their fastest model. Continue reading CBS’ article on their website.
HENNESSEY SPECIAL VEHICLES NAMES
JOHN HEINRICY AS VENOM F5 CHIEF ENGINEER
Sealy, Texas (December 18, 2018) — Hennessey Special Vehicles, builders of the famed Venom GT and the upcoming Venom F5, is proud to announce it has hired the legendary John Heinricy as the full-time chief engineer for the Venom F5 program.
Heinricy has been a consultant on the program since its inception and previously consulted on Hennessey’s Venom GT program, working hand in hand with Hennessey on chassis, suspension and vehicle dynamics for the vehicle, in addition to high-speed aerodynamic testing, which led to its Guinness World Record for the fastest road legal car from 0–186 mph. Heinricy has been a consultant and test driver for Hennessey since 2010. He is now a full-time member of the Hennessey team focused on development, testing and production of the Venom F5 including its target top speed of 300 mph.
In addition to being an American legend in the motorsports and automotive industries, Heinricy spent 38 years as an engineer and executive at General Motors. He retired as the head of GM Performance Division and is also well known for being a very successful race car driver, including 15 SCCA national championships. In fact, John has more than 1,000 laps at the Nurburgring under his belt as well as being the first person to complete a sub-8-minute lap of the Nordschliefe in a production 4-door sedan. All of this has led to Heinricy earning the nickname “Heinrocket.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to have John Heinricy leading our engineering team on our Venom F5 program,” said John Hennessey. “His experience as an automotive engineer / OEM executive and racer / test driver make him uniquely qualified to be our chief engineer and to ultimately break the 300 mph barrier.”
Hennessey Venom F5 Engine: 1600+ HP Engine
Introducing the Hennessey 7.6L Twin Turbo V8 engine, presented by Shell and powered by Pennzoil!
Hennessey Unveils Venom F5 Engine Details At The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
Shell and Pennzoil to Power and Protect Hennessey Special Vehicles Powerhouse
Pebble Beach – Shell and Pennzoil teamed up with Hennessey Special Vehicles to bring the Hennessey Venom F5 to The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, to unveil much sought-after engine details since its first industry introduction last fall.
“We think the engine details shared at The Quail are of major interest to all those who have been following the progress of the Venom F5,” said John Hennessey. “With a custom-built Hennessey 7.6 Liter Twin Turbo V8 engine capable of achieving more than 1600 bhp at 7,200 rpm (24 psi boost pressure) and Shell and Pennzoil powering and protecting this powerhouse, we’re feeling confident in our quest to set new records in 2019.”
In addition to the ample horsepower available to the Venom F5, the hypercar’s engine is a billet aluminum machined engine block with steel cylinder sleeves that will continue to push the envelope with 1,300 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 rpm, a 9.3:1 compression ratio, and features precision ball bearing twin turbos with billet compressor wheels, stainless steel turbo headers, and a dry sump oiling system.
For nearly five years, Shell and Pennzoil have been working with Hennessey founder and CEO, John Hennessey, to power and protect his coveted asphalt-eating power machines. More than two years ago, they joined up to co-engineer a vehicle that is on pace to re-write the industry record books: the Venom F5. This extreme hypercar has been designed and built with the goal of being the fastest car on earth.
“Our relationship with John and the Hennessey Special Vehicles team is mutually rewarding. Our products are tested to their performance limits in the new engine designed especially for Venom F5 and will help the Hennessey team to break more records. This extreme performance testbed allows Shell to progress our own innovations as we support this hypercar in its move to next level status,’’ said Carlos Maurer, president, Shell Lubricants Americas.
The Venom F5’s bespoke design and chassis will also help achieve even greater performance through improved aerodynamics and technology. Hennessey will rely on Pennzoil Platinum 10W-60 Full Synthetic motor oil and Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline to protect and power the Venom F5 across any finish line.
Out of the 24 vehicles that will be built, there have already been 15 confirmed orders.
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Venom F5 – Cigar Aficionado 12 Fastest Cars Money Can Buy
This American-born hypercar could soon not only capture the world speed record, but become the first production model to break 300 mph. No wonder it’s named for the most powerful tornado on the fujita scale. – A snippet from this month’s issue of Cigar Aficionado. You can pick up your copy today or subscribe on their website.
THE HENNESSEY VENOM F5 SET TO MAKE ITS WORLDWIDE DEBUT AT
THE 2018 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Shell and Pennzoil Set to Fuel and Protect Powerhouse
Houston – March 1, 2018 – Hennessey Special Vehicles, Shell and Pennzoil have teamed up to bring the Hennessey Venom F5 to one of the biggest stages in the automotive industry – the 88th Geneva International Motor Show. The hypercar is designed and built by Hennessey with the goal of being the fastest road car on earth. The Venom F5 will make its worldwide debut at the motor show on Tuesday, March 6 and continue to be on display (Stand: 1220) until the conclusion of the show on Sunday, March 18.
John Hennessey, company Founder and CEO, is known for making fast cars faster and consistently reconstructs vehicles from automotive enthusiasts and turns them into coveted raw power machines. The Venom F5 possesses the same raw power (and then some), but this vehicle is unique given that it was built from the ground up. Incorporating inimitable design features and utilizing technologically advanced products such as Pennzoil Synthetics, this vehicle is not only intended to be visually appealing, but also fulfill the need for speed that certain motorists desire.
“We partnered with Shell and Pennzoil to defy all odds and to create a vehicle that will be the fastest. Period.” said John Hennessey. “The Venom F5 combines a very low coefficient of drag of 0.33 and a curb weight of less than 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg). Pennzoil Synthetics will be pulsing through the twin turbo V8 engine that will deliver over 1,600 bhp. It’s no question of if we will break 300 mph but a question of when.”
Hennessey, Shell and Pennzoil built a relationship starting in 2014 and have since come together to build this vehicle that is on pace to re-write the record books in the industry. This car is set to turn heads with an all-new design and chassis that will also help achieve even greater performance through improved aerodynamics and technology. Hennessey will further rely on Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline to push the Venom F5 across the finish line.
“Our relationship with John and the Hennessey Special Vehicles team is mutually rewarding,” said Wolfgang Warnecke, Chief Scientist of Mobility for Shell. “Our products will be tested to their performance limits in this vehicle, enabling the Hennessey team as they look to break more records. This also allows Shell to continue to progress our own innovations while supporting this hypercar move to next level status.”
The Venom F5, which will have an exclusive production run that is limited to just 24 vehicles, will be on display (Stand: 1220) at the Geneva International Motor Show for all enthusiasts to see. Out of the 24 vehicles that will be built, there have already been 10 confirmed orders. The Geneva International Motor Show will spotlight the Venom F5 and allude to what is to come soon from Hennessey Special Vehicles, Pennzoil and Shell.
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About Hennessey Specialty Vehicles
John Hennessey and the Hennessey Special Vehicles Team team have been making fast cars go faster since 1991. Over the last 27 years, John and his team have built more than 10,000 vehicles with more than 400 of those in 2017 alone. Hennessey operates a 36,000-square foot workshop and showroom facility situated on 143 acres near Sealy, Texas (about 45 minutes west of Houston). Hennessey offers a wide variety of dyno-proven, track tested high-performance engine upgrade packages & parts for a variety of modern performance vehicles. Hennessey is also the only tuner in North America that operates its own test track-the Lonestar Motorsports park 1/4-mile dragstrip facility which is adjacent to the Hennessey workshop & showroom.
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