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Texas-based Hennessey has unveiled the production version of its upcoming Venom F5, which has a target top speed of at least 311 mph.
That equates to a nice 500 km / h lap and is just under the 318 mph wind speed surpassing the Fujita tornado scale’s F5 rating from which the car takes its name. If his maximum speed is confirmed, he will join the Bugatti Chiron and SSC Tuatara in the exclusive 300 mph production car club.
The Venom F5 is built on a unique carbon fiber and aluminum chassis that weighs just 2,998 pounds and is powered by a 6.6-liter twin turbocharged V8 with 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 lb-ft of torque, which is more than any other. production car for sale today.
The body is streamlined for top speed but still creates enough downforce for serious cornering grip. A track package with a large rear wing and more aggressive front splitter will also be offered, but both versions will be tuned for all-round driving by former General Motors test driver and development engineer John Heinricy, who is the Venom F5’s chief engineer. .
The mid-engined coupé rides on adjustable Penske shocks and 345 / 30R20 Michelin Pilot Cup 2 rear tires that are nearly 14 inches wide and less absurd 265 / 35R19 rubber in the front.
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Hennessey said those tires will be safety tested before the Venom F5 hits the Space Shuttle runway at Kennedy Space Center next year for high-speed testing and a possible world record run, which will be pre-checked by a third-party data acquisition company. from an audience of independent media. The company is trying to avoid the kind of controversy that SSC recently encountered when the Tuatara achieved a reported average speed of 316 mph in two directions on a Nevada highway without all the necessary guarantees of its accuracy.
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SSC is expected to try again soon, while Bugatti is pleased with the 304.77mph one-way speed the Chiron hit on a Volkswagen test track in Germany.
It won’t be Hennessey’s first visit to the Florida airstrip. His previous supercar, the Venom GT, reached 270 km / h there in 2014.
Hennessey plans to build just 24 Venom F5s for a starting price of $ 2.1 million.