With a new bespoke supercar below the F5.
It was a long road to reach production, but the 2021 Hennessey Venom F5 is nearly ready to take on the hypercar elite. Powered by an in-house twin-turbo V8 (nicknamed the Fury) producing 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 lb-ft of torque, the Venom F5 promises to break numerous production vehicle benchmarks, including the top speed record previously held by the Hennessey Venom GT.
The F5 made its public debut last weekend during the Amelia Island Concours in Florida, where Hennessey Performance gave a small hint of its future plans. Motor1 asked CEO John Hennessey if his company had any more supercars or hypercars planned after the Venom F5. "We do," Hennessey answered. He quickly added that there will be "nothing above [the F5], this is the top of the top."
So if Hennessey does produce another supercar, it will be less powerful (and less expensive) than the $2.1 million Venom F5. The American tuning company turned automaker could set its sights on a supercar in the $300,000 to $400,000 price range to rival options like the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S. Building a car with 600 to 700 hp doesn't sound terribly difficult after creating such an extreme model like the F5, but producing vehicles on a larger scale may prove tricky for Hennessey.
"For us, it's a matter of scaling production," Hennessey explained. The CEO hinted that he's approached manufacturers for advice on mass production. Like the old Venom GT, which was based on a Lotus Exige, perhaps Hennessey could base a new car on an existing architecture.
Hennessey has not started deliveries for the Venom F5 yet, so we suspect that the company's next model is still years away. Only 24 F5 examples will be built in total, and 21 are already sold. A full 60% of those cars will stay in the United States, while the remainder will go to other markets. If you want one of the three remaining build slots, you better act fast.