The first of three stages of testing for the Hensey Venom F5 is ahead of the planned public debut of the supercar at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elens in May. Hennessey announced on Tuesday that a test car hit a top speed of 200 mph during aerodynamic testing.
The speed was achieved on a 2.2-mile runway at a former United States Air Force base in Arkansas – less than half of Venom’s 311 mph top speed, but it was not about to break the test record. Hennessy said in a press release, the team led by chief engineer John Heinrich was focused on mid-speed refinement and coast-down behavior. Heinrich spent several years at General Motors, including as assistant chief engineer for the Corvette.
Venom F5’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 was also limited to 900 hp, with a half-target of just 1,817 hp. With the faucet fully open, Hennessy claims that the V-8 will also produce 1,193 pound-feet of torque, and reach 8,500 rpm (though this is limited to 8,200 rpm outside a particular F5 mode). Power is controlled by a CIMA 7-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission.
In addition to the unused Air Force base, the testing program includes stops at Hennessy’s own Seeley, Texas, site, and the Silverstone Circuit in England, where the 24th Venom F5 supercar was first built. The next phase of development will include road testing and more track time to refine the agility, poise and driver response of the car. According to Hennessy, there will be trial sessions at Lagun Seca and Circuit of America (COTA). There is no word yet on the focus of Phase III of the test.
Hennessy Venom F5 aerodynamics test
The names of “Hennessy” and “Venom” may sound familiar, but the Venom F5 is a different car than the 265-mph GT, and is built by a new company called Hennessy Special Vehicle (HSV), which Hennessy differs from performance in the engineering revision business.
However, with the Venom GT, Hennessy is looking to break the production-car land-speed record, this time by blowing past 300 mph. The company previously said it was considering a top-speed run on a closed section of the Texas Highway in 2021, using a customer car.
Hennessy said last December that 12 of the 24 build slots were taken, with eight customers in the US moving to those buyers to register their cars like the McLaren Speedtail under the “show or display” rule.
Pricing has climbed after unveiling the Venom F5 styling reindeer in 2017. At the time, Hennessy quoted a $ 1.6 million price tag, but by January 2020 reached $ 1.8 million for whichever one was not closed. It is now $ 2.1 million. For the remaining build slots.