Hennessey’s brand new hypercar, the Venom F5, has been revealed in pictures before the car’s official launch in Las Vegas tonight. Entering the automotive world with high expectations, the Venom F5 is truly a sight to behold. Hennessey is hoping that this car will become the fastest in the world, beating the current record of 258 miles per hour. That record was, of course, set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition. Although the Venom F5 has already been recorded traveling faster than the Veyron, it must also battle the Bugatti Chiron. Bugatti is planning on making a world record run in 2018 for the Chiron, but Hennessey doesn’t seem too worried.
The company is fully aware of its competition and has had its eyes set on dominating Bugatti on the race track. They have even teased that the Venom F5 can reach an incredible speed of 300 mph. Seeing as how the car hasn’t been seen in person just yet, there aren’t a ton of numbers floating around. According to Top Gear, the powertrain produces 1,600 bhp and a drag coefficient of 0.33 Cd.
The vehicle’s design is not only gorgeous, but it is also completely functional. Every single line, curve, and angle was engineered to achieve the highest possible aerodynamic performance. According to reports, the car can travel from 0-186 mph in under 10 seconds, 0-249 mph in under 20 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 301 mph.
The main reason that these numbers can’t be officially confirmed is due to the tires. The incredible amount of pressure that builds in the tires at those speeds would certainly cause them to blow out. Hennessey is having custom tires built by Michelin, allowing the car to unlock its full potential. This is also one of the main reasons that the Bugatti Chiron has yet to make its record-breaking run. Until the tires are created and pass safety inspections, both vehicles have artificial speed limits.
Expect more concrete numbers after the SEMA show and into next year. As of right now, only 24 Venom F5s are being produced at a factory in Texas for $1.6 million each. I can’t wait to see this car hit the road and battle the Chiron, but we still have a bit of a wait before that day comes.