Hennessy hops into the 300 mph race with its F5 Venom prototype. The prototype will enter its testing phase in 2019, having high-speed testing at the end of the same year. “We believe our car is capable of going well beyond 300 mph” says CEO John Hennessy.
Hennessy’s super car seems to be bundled with some uncertainties too, most important of these is the highest level aerodynamic stability required as it holds a drag co-efficient of 0.33. The prototype will be get a push from 7.6 liter twin-turbo V8 engine to achieve the 300-mph benchmark. The engine is estimated to provide 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque, more than enough for target 300 mph according to Hennessy. i.e.
“Currently our CFD testing and our engineers tell us we need about 1,520 horsepower to break 300,”
The venues for the speed test of F5 Venom prototype are already decided by Hennessy. Among some location names floating in the media, the most notable is the shuttle landing facility in Brevard Country, Florida, USA, where Hennessey set its previous record with Venom GT, back in 2014. But experts suppose that for 300 mph speed range, a relatively longer section of track will be required as compared to the previous one. If the shuttle landing facility does not work, choices are there to use a highway for the high-speed test.
According to the Hennessy’s sources, total 24 units will be produced out of which almost 12 units will serve the US buyers while the rest will try their fate abroad. So far, media sources have confirmed five international orders for F5 Venom.