Today, a Top Gun style supercar is unveiled that is said to be the most powerful machine in the world.
With a thundering first car designed and engineered at Silverstone, UK before going into production in Texas, only 24 of the new Hennessey Venom F5 cars will be built – inspired by jet fighters.
It is designed for high-performing car enthusiasts who enjoy driving it on the road and on the track. However, you should also buy earplugs as it is very noisy.
You will also need to have deep pockets as the car will cost $ 2.7 million, or £ 2 million.
The car has key parts from the UK and is the first to be built from scratch by legendary engine specialist John Hennessey, bearing his own name.
In 2021 he will celebrate his 30th anniversary in his garage and create his own high-performance versions of muscle cars like the Dodge Viper.
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With a thundering first car designed and engineered at Silverstone, UK before going into production in Texas, only 24 of the new Hennessey Venom F5 cars will be built – inspired by jet fighters
Our man Ray Massey with the Hennessey Venom F5, complete with eye-catching doors. Only 24 cars will be built
The cockpit feel continues behind the wheel of the Venom, where wealthy owners feel like they are driving the car
Powered by a huge 6.6 liter V8 twin turbo gasoline engine named Fury – after the Sherman tank in the Brad Pitt film of the same name – the new Venom F5 develops an astonishing 1,187 hp (equivalent to 12 Ford Fiestas).
This brings it from rest to 100 km / h in just 2.6 seconds, up to a top speed of over 500 km / h.
Connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission with a fully manual paddle shift, it reaches 124 mph in 4.7 seconds, 186 mph in 8.4 seconds, and 248 mph in 15.5 seconds.
With an engine power density of 277 hp per liter, the company is the “most powerful series-produced road car engine of all time”.
It’s so powerful that owners must complete special expert training before they can unlock the final tranche of horsepower that will get them into all-out max F5 mode.
The car is not without other fascinating twists.
The new Venom F5 is part of its name from the Fujita tornado intensity rating scale – with F5 being the highest category with wind speeds of up to 300 km / h.
Hennessey’s Design Director Nathan Malinick said, “At 300 mph, you’re more of a pilot than a driver.
“This guiding principle has shaped our approach to interior functionality, layout and mood of the F5.”
He noted, “Our instrumentation is inspired by jet fighter jets and NASA missiles. Our dashboard has no buttons to ensure absolute driver focus.”
The cockpit is not only built on a fighter jet, the screen behind the drive wheel also bears an uncanny resemblance to the visor or bomb target of a spaceship fighter in Star Wars. The sound of gear paddles engaging is reminiscent of a rifle cocked and ready to fire.
Four black exhaust pipes, grouped in the rear center, are coated with the heat-resistant ceramic polymer Cerakote, which is used on the inside of cannon barrels, and only become visible when flames spit when the engine reaches its top speed.
The entire underside of the aft deck is finished with the gun barrel coating for additional thermal management.
Powered by a huge 6.6-liter V8 twin-turbo gasoline engine called the Fury, the £ 2million Venom F5 reaches 100 km / h in just 2.6 seconds
With an engine power density of 277 hp per liter, the Venom F5 is, according to the company, “the most powerful series-produced road car engine of all time”.
The buttons and dials on the steering wheel look industrial.
Only clever aerodynamics and generated downforce prevent this vehicle from starting and flying. In short, it’s pure top gun.
If Tom Cruise – whose long-awaited sequel to Top Gun is set to hit post-Covid theaters next year – is ever looking for a new set of wheels, this might be just the thing.
However, the company, based in Sealy near Houston, Texas, insists that the car isn’t all about speed or records, but rather an “all-round performance machine driven by speed and as a” decathlete of road cars ”.
Aside from the US-built engine, around 60 percent of the car’s design and components come from British companies, including the super-light carbon fiber monocoque chassis, paneling and interior that help keep the lightweight car only 1,360kg.
A special chain package allows the rear carbon fiber section to be removed and replaced with an aerodynamic wing.
To validate its speed goal of more than 300 km / h, the F5 hypercar will run high-speed tests in the 3-mile Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida during the first half of 2021.
The subsequent high-speed run follows an intensive phase of real development in Hennessey’s own test facility and on the racing grounds of the Circuit of The Americas.
Inside the Venom F5 are details that are not out of place in a fighter jet – one of the inspirations for its design
Company founder and CEO John Hennessey said the F5 marks the beginning of a new era of Hennessey vehicles that are “designed to excite the driver and celebrate performance engineering.”
He said, “Our customers love speed, so we strive to push the boundaries of what is possible to achieve the fastest production car record in the world.”
“The Venom F5 isn’t just about speed and performance, though. This car will drive superbly, the quality is exceptional, there are more than 3,000 bespoke parts, the materials are exquisite and everything pays proper homage to 30 years of the Hennessey brand. “
Record attempts are only part of the story, he emphasized: “Records are meant to be broken, and our customers love that we push the boundaries of technology to develop the fastest cars in the world. But with the F5 we wanted to create a real “decathlete”, a car that is about so much more than speed. “
He said too many modern hypercars have become “soft and docile” and the F5 is their opposite.
The company says about the engine: “Wut lives up to its name: the engine is loud, immensely powerful and offers plenty of torque.”
Hennessey remarked, “The engine is respectful. It’s intimidating – in a good way. It totally dominates the driving experience and keeps telling you to unleash its power and try to tame it. “
Who is John Hennessey? The man behind the car
I met John Hennessey nearly a quarter of a century ago while driving one of his specially tuned 600-horsepower Dodge Viper poisons shotgun with him in the passenger seat and 90 miles across the Nevada desert in true wacky races style Sped Open Road Race Adventure on the locked State Highway 318.
John Hennessey is a renowned American car tuner and racing driver
We even carried our names and their respective national banners with the double blue stripes on the doors of our white animal – my Union Flag, his flag of Texas, the Lone Star State.
He’d started his fledgling company five years earlier to upgrade Vipers from his garage and received great reviews – even from Dodge, who made the Viper muscle car.
Just a stones throw from the infamous UFO sighting site and Area 51 military airfield, at an event that leaked vintage Americana, we stormed the Nevada dust like the roadrunner to get to the finish line where we got 200 with thick black smoke stamps Miles per hour were clocked.
We flew at least once on the way. But we made it over the line. Some didn’t.
On the eve of the race and after the official briefing, we had our cars checked out in a “beauty contest” at Green Lantern in Ely Nevada, where the well-trained staff at that facility came out to pick the best-looking car for the event – before going later Distributed beers and pickles to participants when they crossed the line.
The event, held in partnership with the White Pine County Chamber of Commerce and local police, alternates between the Silver State Classic in September and the Nevada Open Road Challenge in cooler May.
Almost 25 years later, when he told me about his new company over the internet, we laughed and remembered that adventure (karaoke with Mr Myagi – the late Pat Morita – from the movie The Karate Kid in an Italian restaurant in Las Vegas sing -field moment) and how far things had moved.
Hennessey’s business, based in Sealy, Texas, has grown significantly. Two-thirds now include upgrading pickups and SUVs like the Ford Raptor, which he’s making the more terrifying VelociRaptor.
He also created a 1,000 horsepower Camaro with a speed of 300 km / h and called it The Exorcist.
His participation in motorsport events includes Pikes Peak and the Bonneville Salt Flats, where he set a world record.
The new Hennessey Venom F5 is his first car from scratch – but it is considered the start of a new line of high-performance sports and muscle cars under the Hennessey banner.
With additional factory space, he expanded his number from 600 to 1,000 cars per year.
As one of his colleagues said, “John is an American icon of speed and has achieved his vision to be the leading tuner and manufacturer of automobiles in the United States.
‘With a global sales base in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, he continues to seek ways to power some of the world’s most iconic cars and lead the creation of his own world. Great hypercar. ‘
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