24-unit limited-run hypercar will cost £1.2 million, its 0-400kph-0 will dip below 30sec

The Hennessey Venom F5 has been revealed, with a price tag of £1.2 million and a top speed projected by the company to exceed 300mph.

The power to get it to this headline-grabbing top speed comes from a twin-turbocharged V8, producing in excess of 1600bhp. Hennessey aims for the F5, which is named after the most powerful storm on the Fujita scale, to be the fastest road car yet made. 

Weighing in at 1338kg, which is little more than a Ford Fiesta, the Hennessey uses carbonfibre for the entirety of the Venom’s aerodynamic body, which has a drag coefficient of 0.33. 

Unlike previous models, which have been based on the Lotus Exige, Hennessey developed and built the car in-house from the ground up, including the engine, chassis and body. A paddle shift, single-clutch seven-speed gearbox is used, and the car is rear-wheel drive. 

No 0-62mph time has been revealed, but 0-186mph (300kph) will come in less than 10sec, and the company plans to break the 0-400kph-0 record comfortably, predicting a time of under 30sec. This would mean smashing Bugatti's time of just under 42sec, and Koenigsegg's subsequent time of 36.44sec. 

Just 24 F5s will be made, at a price of £1.2 million each, before optional extras. The car’s full reveal will happen later today at the SEMA show, currently taking place in Las Vegas. 

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1 November 2017

what tyres are they using?

1 November 2017
russ13b wrote:

what tyres are they using?

 

Big ones.

1 November 2017

A handful of untalented but wealthy individuals are going to have some big accidents in this.

1 November 2017
Autocar wrote:

...but 0-186mph (300kph) will come in less than 10sec...

Jesus wept.....probably the 12 disciples too!

1 November 2017

I remember for years that big debate was if the Countach could actually hit 180mph. The argument raged for a decade and a half. In the late 80's if someone said they would make a road car that could exceed 300mph they would have laughed at.

Stories of 917's going past 240mph at Le Mans were magical. These kinds of speeds were just insane. I think that might be the reason why many folk are still fascinated by cars such as these. As a rich boys plaything they are completely irrelevent except for the fact that they allow us to dream about ultimate speed, which I suppose is and always will be completely addictive.

I can't wait to see how this turns out.

1 November 2017

Ball achingly irrelevant piece auto click bait, seriously who cares

2 November 2017
If this makes your balls ache, if you would look away if you saw one, if you would decline a drive if offered one, wrong website.

2 November 2017

Drag coefficent is too high for even 1600bhp to push this car to 300mph.   The Bugatti Chiron has 1500, a drag of 0.35 and is only expected to read 288mph.   It doesn't sound like much, but the air at that speed becomes like a gel that you've got to force through and an extra 100bhp isn't going to cut it!

 

I'd take a ride in the Bugatti at this speed, but I'd also be wary of being in any other car.   I'm not convinced they'd be stable, and I suspect they're cost to requiring rudders to keep then straight!

2 November 2017
Symanski wrote:

Drag coefficent is too high for even 1600bhp to push this car to 300mph.   The Bugatti Chiron has 1500, a drag of 0.35 and is only expected to read 288mph.   It doesn't sound like much, but the air at that speed becomes like a gel that you've got to force through and an extra 100bhp isn't going to cut it!

 

I'd take a ride in the Bugatti at this speed, but I'd also be wary of being in any other car.   I'm not convinced they'd be stable, and I suspect they're cost to requiring rudders to keep then straight!

 

Good points all. The thought of crashing at 300mph is terrifying. I would imagine it would take around a mile to stop. I think Koensigsegg have done the sensible thing of stopping chasing top speed and are limiting the Regera to around 250mph (limited to 250mph!!!).

6 November 2017

Yep.  I much prefer my crashes to be at under 250mph as well.

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