The Hennessey Venom F5 has recently been named the new champion for the world’s fastest car with a ground-rumbling 1817-horsepower mean machine that races up to 311 mph.
Currently, there are three names relentlessly fighting, or well, racing for the crown a fastest car mas the fastest car: Bugatti, Koenigsegg and Hennessey. About every once in six months, we hear about a record being broken as one of the three would push the boundaries of automobile realm once again. Today is one of those days and a new champion has been crowned. Introducing: The 1817-horsepower Hennessey Venom F5, claimed to be the world’s fastest road-legal car after maxing out at 311mph. Here’s all you need to know about it.
Hennessey has long been known as a tuner, one with a reputation for extravagant claims in the past but the Venom F5 marks its effective debut as a manufacturer in its own right. The numbers are what some motorheads might call ‘spectacular’, here’s why: The F5’s mid-mounted 90-degree, turbocharged 6.6-liter V-8, dubbed ‘Fury’, is set to be the most powerful engine ever fitted to a production car. The company claims a peak of 1817 horsepower at 8000 rpm while the engine revs out at 8200 rpm. This is accompanied by a 1193-pound-foot torque peak at 5500 rpm.
Responsible for the ‘Fury’ is the engine’s cast-iron block and aluminum cylinder head fittings. In addition, there are titanium intake valves and Inconel exhaust valves. The connecting rods and pistons are forged and made from bullet steel, while the turbochargers have 76mm-diameter compressor wheels and 3D-printed titanium housings, delivering an extra 23psi of boost.
The Hennessey Venom F5’s body is mostly carbon fiber too, making it as lightweight as it can and shedding off the extra drag. The chassis and carbon-fiber body are focused on aerodynamics even more than the GT. The carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is also a development added in. And, if you’d like to take this one out for a Sunday spin, enjoy the built-in Apple Car Play, Android Auto with satellite navigation, stereo functionality and Bluetooth phone pairing.
In terms of speed, the figures are outstanding. The Hennessey Venom F5 boldly claims 15.5 seconds from zero to 248 mph. Top speed is targeted to be in excess of 311mph. With these figures, it outdoes the Bugatti Chiron by a thick 7mph margin, making it the world’s fastest automobile with four wheels.
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia India.