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.”
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Venom F5: Exceptionally American. Built in Texas.
June 19, 2017—For immediate release
Sealy, Texas—Later this year, Hennessey will unveil its all new hypercar, the Venom F5, named after the fastest and most powerful wind on earth, the F5 tornado. Tornado speeds are rated on the Fujita scale from F1 to F5, with F5 wind speeds being measured between 261 mph and 318 mph. Built from the ground up, the F5 will have its own unique chassis and design, which will help elevate its performance to speeds approaching 300 mph. The Venom F5 will take direct aim at the new Bugatti Chiron for world’s fastest production series super sports car.
“We are very excited about our F5 and that it brings forth an all-new design and chassis to achieve even higher performance through improved aerodynamics and technology,” said company founder and CEO, John Hennessey. “The best way I can describe the Venom F5 is that it is sophisticated aggression on wheels. We look forward to sharing F5 with the world later this year.”
The Venom F5 will feature cutting-edge technology across the design, including chassis and engine development. F5 will offer even greater power levels combined with improved aerodynamics and ultra-light weight which will yield the ultimate in performance.
“Having the opportunity to be part of the engineering and testing of this ground-breaking hypercar is perfect for Pennzoil,” said Patty Lanning, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants. “We have a passion for performance and know we have the right product to protect Hennessey’s engine through development to production.”
Hennessey has established a new company that will design, develop, build and sell the Venom F5: Hennessey Special Vehicles. Hennessey’s new car company will operate on the same campus where their tuning business, Hennessey Performance (HPE) is located, that includes their own on-site proving grounds, the Lonestar Motorsports Park ¼ mile dragstrip, located just west of Houston, Texas.
“This is a new chapter in an all new book,” said Hennessey. “F5 will be exceptionally American and built in Texas. We look forward to sharing more details about our special hypercar very soon.”
About Hennessey® Special Vehicles
Hennessey Special Vehicles was established by John Hennessey in 2017 to design, develop and build hypercars.
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You can read the full Venom GT road test article online here, and check out video of the 1,200 horsepower supercar in action below:
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Click the video below to watch the full episode: