Hennessey, the American tuning house-turned-hypercar maker, is aiming to break the 500 km/h production car top-speed record with its Venom F5. Now one year after it’s officially unveiled, the company has finally shown off the hypercar in its full power ‘F5 mode’, and it’s glorious.
The Hennessey Venom F5 has been undergoing testing for some time now, but it was previously limited to just 888 hp. With the F5 mode now unlocked, it’s now able to go full send and unveil all of its 1817 hp from the 6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.
Hennessey says that they’re currently testing the car’s stability “beyond 250 mph (402 km/h)”, and while it’s still a ways off the production car speed record target, the car already sounds incredible.
If you’re wondering, the name ‘F5’ comes from the Fujita hurricane strength scale – with F5 being the highest and strongest rating. While it might be a little cliché to say the engine sounds like a storm setting in, the car really does actually sound like that especially in the fly-by shot.
Aside from the horsepower output, the Hennessey Venom F5’s torque figure is also at an eye-watering 1,617 Nm. And when you pair that to the car’s weight of just 1,360 kg and a drag coefficient of around 0.39 Cd, the Venom F5’s incredible speed won’t surprise you at all.
But of course, this is again just a teaser to the Venom F5’s eventual world record attempt, which Hennessey said will be held at NASA’s Florida runway “in the coming months”. We can’t wait to see what this absolute monster of an engineering masterpiece can do.
And if you want one, well, sorry – it’s already sold out.