Our jaws hit the floor when Dodge announced its Challenger SRT Demon with a 6.2L Hemi Demon V8 engine putting out 810 horses, and even felt the need to point out the specs were not a typo. But if that thing is a demon, then Hennessey's Venom F5 is the devil capable of smoking all other super cars. The Venom V5 with its twin turbo V8 engine delivers nearly twice as much horsepower at 1,600 HP, which Hennessey will use to attempt a speed record.
Hennessey wants its Venom F5 to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 miles per hour. It is that singular goal that is driving the incredible design of this sexy beast.
"We’ve designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched," said John Hennessey, company Founder and CEO. "The F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line."
As power users ourselves (in a different realm, of course), we can get behind that goal. Simply put, Hennessey is aiming to make the Venom F5 "to be the fastest road car on earth," and we have little doubt it get there. Co-designed with Shell and Pennzoil, Hennessey broken records in the past.
In this case, the the Hennessey engine is mated to a 7-speed single clutch paddle shift transmission that delivers power down to the rear tires. Helping it achieve fast speeds is an all-new lightweight chassis and all-carbon fiber body—the Venon F5 has a curb weight of 2,950 pounds.
Forget about 0 to 60 MPH times—the lightweight design combined with a crazy amount of power underneath the hood allows the Venom F5 to accelerate from 0 to 186 MPH in under 10 seconds. In case that needs put into perspective, that makes it quicker than current Formula 1 race cars. And going from 0 to 249 MPH and back to rest can be done in under 30 seconds, Hennessey claims.
In a different life, this editor would own a Venom F5, and probably crash spectacularly. But in this life, it is not a concern—pricing for this amount of power starts at $1.6 million, and goes up from there. Hennessey is only planning to build 24 of these super cars, so if you have $1.6 million (or more) burning a hole in your pocket, get in touch with the company pronto.