Chiron slayer: Hennessey unveils 1,193kW, 482km/h Venom F5


Hennessey has finally taken the wraps off its all-new 1,177kW Bugatti Chiron slayer, the Venom F5 at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Like the outgoing Venom GT, the new F5 is built with one goal in mind: speed. And the latest iteration promises a top speed in excess of 482km/h!

Unlike the original Venom which was based on a Lotus chassis, Henessey’s latest model is built on a new chassis, with the carbon fibre body wrapped around a custom carbon fibre tub.

As a result the new design is significantly sleeker than before. Hennessey says the new F5 has a drag coefficient of just 0.33 Cd compare to the Venom GT’s 0.44 Cd. For reference, the Bugatti Chiron has a coefficient of 0.38 Cd.

Powering the car is a new 7.4-litre aluminium twin-turbo V8 pumping out a mind-blowing 1,193kW and monstrous 1,762Nm of torque. Power is channeled to the rear wheels via a seven-speed single-clutch paddle shift transmission, with a manual gearbox as an option.

With a curb weight of just 1,338kg, the F5 will storm from 0-300km/h in less than 10 seconds, making it faster than any current Formula 1 car, and a few seconds quicker than the Bugatti Chiron.

Hennessey says when equipped with a special Vmax mode, the F5 lowers its rear wing and seals ducts located just above the spoiler to improve aerodynamic efficiency.

Inside, the cabin is decked out in leather, carbon fibre and Alcantara, along with an Apple iPad interface. According to Hennessey, the F5 is practically roomy too, as it is able to accommodate a six-foot six-inch football player.

As for the price, the tuner is asking for upwards of US$1.6 million each for the 24 units they plan on building.