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.
The latest installment of Jay Leno’s Garage debuted today featuring the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT. In it, the car-centric comedian interviews John Hennessey as they give viewers an up-close look at what went into creating the 1,200 hp supercar, as well as a revealing peak into the car in action on the road course.
Click the video below to watch the full episode: