The New Hennessey Venom F5 is a new upcoming high-performance sports car. The Hennessey Special Vehicles company (established in 2017) built New Hennessey Venom F15 with one aim: To be the absolute fastest road car on earth. Hennessey collaborated with Delta Motorsport of Silverstone for the development of the vehicle. The car will reach 62 mph speed in a time of 2.6 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 311 mph(500 km per hour).
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The carmaker unveiled an exterior mock-up of the Venom F5 at the American SEMA show in 2017. The company didn’t reveal anything about the interior or engine at the show. Hennessey Venom F5 is also referred to as the F5 tornado. Hennessey Venom F5 gets a completely new design, chassis and carbon fibre. The design focuses on aerodynamics to attain the lowest possible drag. The estimated price of the car is $2.1 Million.
New Hennessey Venom Engine
The entire car has sculpted aerodynamics ducting and sharp, powerful lines. This is to give a car sense of speed even when it is stationary. The hypercar comes with a rear-mid-mounted 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The engine produces 1817 hp at 800 rpm. It pairs with 7-speed single-clutch automated manual and 6-speed manual options. The rear-wheel-drive weighs 2998 Ib. These factors combine to give a power-to-weight ratio of 1.34 hp-per-kg, which is more than any road car on sale today. The engine is hand-built with components made from high-grade metals including aluminum, titanium and Inconel. F5 is an unstoppable car in the segment because of its power and lightweight.
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Apart from the symphony of numbers, the card has external dynamics. The legendary US racer and vehicle expert, John Heinrocket developed the dynamics of the car. He ensured that F5 delivers a world-class all-around driving experience on the road and track. It ensures driving confidence at all speeds with accuracy. This hypercar makes the driver feel comfortable by delivering, rewarding handling features.
The car is expecting to exceed 500kph on a two-way validated speed run using a production specification car. World-renowned experts from RaceLogic will verify the record attempt using VBOX/GPS data acquisition systems. This test will give absolute accuracy and transparency regarding the speed test. GPS data and video footage of the test will be available to the public. The new car will give driving confidence at all speeds with accuracy. The hypercar makes the driver feel comfortable by delivering rewarding handling features.
New Hennessey Venom Interior
The interior of the Hennessey Vision F5 is simple with a premium finish. There are minimal distractions in the cockpit of the car. You can only find things that are peripheral to the act of driving. This makes the car light and keeps the driver-focussed on the roads. The seating of the F5 driver is similar to that of a fighter jet pilot. The interior displays raw carbon fibre and has leather panels on the doors, dashboard and seats giving the luxury feel.
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The car has a butterfly door. When the driver opens the butterfly door, the first thing we see is a bespoke steering wheel covered in carbon fibre. The wheel is similar to an aeroplane yoke and an F1 racing car’s steering wheel. It does not have a top part. This is to maximize the visibility of the driver. But, the carmaker encourages proper hand placement for optimal control of the steering wheel.
The car has leather-clad in parts where the hands naturally grip, and the rest is covered with carbon fibre. The steering wheel has controls for lights, windscreen wipers and turn signals. The central part has a switchable mode dial that allows you to select different driving modes like sport, wet, track, drag and F5 modes. There is a 7.0-inch instrument display cluster on the top column behind the wheel. The screen has the ability to change its colours and content layout with each driving mode. The screen also displays speed, oil, coolant and engine temperatures.
The interior of the car design is well balanced. F5 brings in a balance of leather and satin-finish carbon fibre. The carbon fibre seats are covered and cushioned with leather clad-pads. These clad pads contribute to a lighter seat. The car can accommodate two people comfortably in extreme acceleration and high speed. The dashboard finished in carbon fibre features leather and aluminum inserts. Texas and US flags are present as aluminum inserts in the door handles depicting the car’s American heritage.
The length of the car is 4666 mm. It has a width of 1960 mm and a height of 1131 mm from the ground. The wheelbase dimension is 2800mm. The dry weight of the car is 1360kg.
The first thing that the driver’s eye attracts is the slimline carbon fibre centre console. It has the function buttons for the windows, hazard lights, vehicle lift system, parking brake and door locks. Above the centre console, there are three circular buttons for the gearbox: N, D and R. There is a 1.3-inch digital screen set, above the three buttons. The screen aids to adjust the car’s HVAC systems. A rotating machined aluminum bezel along with touchscreen activation ensures the adjustment of temperature, airflow and intensity. Two circular air vents are visible as the centre console accelerates upwards towards the dashboard.
There is a 9.0-inch Alpine touchscreen infotainment system that gives access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation, stereo functionality, Bluetooth phone and multimedia use. The Apple Car Play and Android Auto future-proofs ensure the system remains up-to-date.
Muirhead did the leatherwork. The first car made Butterscotch leather with black leather and Alcantara accents. There are few green touches in the car interior that go with the mantra ‘green means go.’ The green accents on the drive button, mode selector and in leather on the seat bolster. The F5 pedal is made out of solid aluminum, reflecting the lightweight nature of the Venom F5. The accelerator is narrow while the brake pedal is wide. There is a tool kit storage compartment in the passenger footwell. Customers can also design the storage space according to their needs.
Carbon Fiber Chassis
The core of the Venom F5 is an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque. It tips the scales at 86 kg. This is the milestone for the rest of the car in achieving 1360 kg total dry weight. This feature ensures lightness in every component.
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The F5 comes with a new Hennessey designed carbon chassis. It features an intricate carbon weave in a herringbone pattern. It took more than 600 separate bespoke pieces of tooling to mould the interior and exterior parts. Out of the three years spent on car development, the chassis perfection took most of the time. This precise chassis building was to achieve lightness, rigidity and purpose-led beauty.
The high-strength carbon fibre used in the exterior body panels also reduces weight drastically. The doors and door sills also highlight the extent of carbon fibre usage in the Venom F5. The carbon fibre tub plays an integral structural role as seen within the engine bay. A pair of substantial braces connect the wishbone suspension to the monocoque. The rigid carbon fibre shell takes up the forces aiding the car’s stability, road holding and easy handling at a higher speed.
The strong nature of carbon fibre assures occupant safety in case of an accident. The carbon frame connects with an aluminum subframe where the engine and suspension join. The subframe components deform to absorb the energy of the impact of an accident and protect the passengers.