Hennessey is aiming to exceed the 270mph achieved by its Venom GT supercar with a new version called the Venom F5.
The Venom F5, which adopts the name of the most powerful tornado in the Fujita scale, benefits from lower-drag bodywork, upgraded technology and more power.
According to the Fujita scale, an F5 tornado produces wind speeds between 261mph and 318mph. Hennessey's current GT can reach 270.49mph; given the new name it seems likely that the F5 may be capable of somewhere in the region of 290mph – similar to that of the upcoming Bugatti Veyron successor.
Company president and founder John Hennessey said: “We learned a great deal during the development of the Venom GT in breaking the 270mph barrier, and we bring that experience to this new design as we look toward raising the performance bar even higher.”
Differentiating the F5 from the Lotus Exige-based GT is an all-new carbonfibre body, which delivers a drag coefficient of 0.40 compared to the GT's 0.44. Significant downforce is still claimed to be offered though, thanks to the body's design, a rear diffuser, underbody venturis and a retractable rear wing.