With the Chiron reigning supreme in the fight to 300mph, Hennessey is keen to show what it’s got going on behind its closed doors. Today, the company wants to tell us exactly how much power it has bearing its teeth in the Hennessey Venom F5. Yeah, they’re not exactly low on the stuff.
The LS based engine in the F5 is bored to 6.6-litres, and to help it shoot past the Chiron’s top speed record of 304mph, it’s got two turbos to help it along. The compressor housings are 3D printed in titanium, and the engine internals are lightweight. All of this results in an intimidating 1,817bhp and 1,193lb ft of torque. These numbers sound like they want to break some records.
With an intercooler that sits between the plenum and cylinder heads, the air is denser, allowing it to produce more power. Alongside a multistage dry sump oil system, the car can rev to over 8,000rpm.
“The F5 engine has a very broad power band,” explains boss John Hennessey. “Give it the full throttle and it’s the most furious engine that we have ever built. Thus, we gave our F5 engine a special name: ‘Fury’.”
Hennessey is currently planning to test the car later this year, where they’ll assess what they need to do to knock the Chiron off of its pedestal. Hennessey was happy to share his positive thoughts on the run, but this has changed nothing for him and his team.
“Our goal is still to build the fastest and most exciting road car with the best power-to-weight ratio. F5 will be at least 450kg lighter than the Chiron, and will have more power than they are claiming. We can beat it and have a couple of highways in the USA where we think we would have enough room to hit our absolute top speed, but we would prefer to do this in Texas if possible.”
The F5 horsepower spec “blew the target number out of the water”, so we’re looking forward to seeing what the F5 is capable of.