Inside This Incredibly Fast, New Texas Hypercar

John Hennessey just did something very serious. The Texas car builder and maker of incredibly overpowered (yet thoroughly engineered) Vipers, pickup trucks, and such, just rolled out his Hennessey Venom F5. Successor to the already frighteningly effective Hennessy Venom, if the numbers play out, the F5 will be a staggering performer. 

“The Venom F5 is engineered to be an unrivaled ‘decathlete’ among hypercars,” Hennessey said, who oversaw all aspects of the development. “This car will handle superbly, quality is exceptional, there are more than 3,000 bespoke parts, materials are exquisite, and everything is a fitting tribute to 30 years of the Hennessey brand.”

Hennessey Venom F5: Texas Proud

The main numbers break down like this: 1,817 horsepower, 1,193 lb-ft. of torque, and an all-up weight of 2,998 lbs. That translates into a zero to 62 mph time of less than three seconds, zero to 124 mph in under five seconds, and a targeted top speed in excess of 311 mph. That should be the whole story right there. That should leave any thinking human shaking their head as the possibilities fully sink into their consciousness, but of course, there’s more.

The one instantly obvious thing is how this is not some garage special. Sure, it’s a Hennessy, and they don’t do stuff like that in general. But, in this day and age, “I made the fastest car in the world,” builders seem to be a dime a dozen. They’re like crabgrass, springing up everywhere with crazy claims, wacky high-performance numbers, and questionable build quality. Oh, that’s just a computer rendering. You haven’t actually built the car yet? Because you’re waiting for funding (of course)? And you need to finalize that agreement with XYZ Euro engine supplier (natch)? Sigh.

The Hennessy Venom F5 is not that. It’s not even close.

Everything, okay, mostly everything, is all designed and built in-house down in Sealy, Texas. The first-gen Venom was, more or less, built on a modified Lotus Elite chassis and body. Not the F5. The carbon fiber chassis was designed this time by Hennessey. The same goes for the carbon fiber bodywork. Suspension, seats, sub-panels, everything, the whole shootin’ match was conceived, designed, and built by some very clever guys in a state best known for BBQ, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and fervent gun ownership.

And that firearms knowledge paid off. By coating the engine bay cover, rear deck, and the exhaust system in Cerakote, a ceramic-polymer treatment, the impact of heat on each part can be reduced. Cerakote is often applied to gun barrels to protect against heat and wear.

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