Want to hit 290 mph? Get Hennessey’s Venom F5!

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Hennessey Venom F5 will use an upgraded version of the GT’s 7.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In the standard Venom this produces 1244 hp but for the F5 it could be increased to 1400 hp. When joined with a kerb weight of less than 1300 kg, the Venom F5 will have a power to weight ratio of more than 1000 hp per tonne! By comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has a measly 630 hp per tonne by comparison.

That smart new bodywork, wrapped around a developed version of the mutated Lotus Exige frame that underpins the Venom GT, is far more than just show. The standard Venom GT has a drag coefficient of 0.44, while the F5’s figure will dip below 0.40. Hennessey says this added slipperiness won’t significantly affect stability at speed. “It’ll have more than enough downforce,” he says.

The Venom F5 will land next year, with first deliveries reaching customers in 2016. A production run of over 30 cars is planned. Prices are to be confirmed, but we’re told F5 will cost more than the $1,200,000 (plus taxes) Venom GT.