“There is no such thing as having too much horsepower”, Hennessey Performance reckons. As if to prove it, the American super-tuner plans to offer a model with more than 1400 horses packed inside.
That’s more than 1044kW, with an equally-impressive torque figure no doubt available to the driver’s right foot as well.
Meet the Venom F5; previewed here in these official renderings as the car that will replace the Venom GT in Hennessey’s range, and which the carmaker hopes will officially break (or smash) the Bugatti Veyron’s 431km/h speed record.
In an unofficial test, the GT achieved 270.49 MPH (433km/h), but boss John Hennessey tells Top Gear UK that the F5’s target will be “in the 290 MPH (464kh/h) range”.
To achieve this, Hennessey has designed a new carbon-fibre body from a ‘clean sheet’ which aims to lower drag coefficient from 0.44 to below 0.40.
The F5 will feature a twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with power beyond 1044kW as mentioned, while weight will be slightly heavier than the GT but remain under 1300kg.
Hennessey says in a statement that it’s “highly probable” that the F5 will eclipse the GT’s acceleration times, which stand at 14.51 seconds from rest to 200 MPH (320km/h).
Power will reach the road via a single-clutch paddle-shift transmission, but the carmaker says “a standard H-pattern manual transmission will still be offered for purists”.
The F5 also gets a GPS-based stability- and traction-control system to best determine the level of assistance required; be it a race track or congested city road.
“We are very excited about this next chapter of the Venom, which brings forth an all-new design that is not only a powerful and unique statement that our clients are looking for, but a vehicle that will achieve even higher performance through improved aerodynamics,” Mr Hennessey said.
“We learned a great deal during the development of the Venom GT in breaking the 270-mph barrier, and we bring that experience to this new design as we look toward raising the performance bar even higher.”
The new model is named after an F5-level tornado, which on the Fujita scale packs winds of between 261 to 318 MPH (418 to 509km/h).
Assuming it reaches the 464km/h target, the F5's reign at the top might be short lived if recent reports of a 1118kW Veyron replacement prove accurate.
The Hennessey Venom F5 will be officially unveiled next year, with at least 30 examples to be built and delivered to customers beginning in 2016.
Hennessy says pricing will exceed the GT’s US$1.2 million (AU$1.29 million) tag, but 13 of the 29 GTs are still to be sold.
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