The Texas tuner and hypercar maker can now count on the services of David Donohue.
Hennessey has revealed a significant addition to its team: acclaimed American racing champion David Donohue. The Texas tuner and hypercar maker hired Donohue to play a pivotal role as the test driver for the Venom F5 hypercar, with the ambitious objective of setting new world records.
As the son of racing legend Mark Donohue, the Donohue name is synonymous with speed. David's career spans over three decades, marked by achievements in prestigious racing events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the North American Touring Car Championship, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Donohue's latest accolade was at the 2023 Pikes Peak, where he finished first in the Time Attack 1 class with a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.
Donohue also has a deep background in testing and development, including with the BMW M3 GT, M5 IMSA Supercar, Dodge Viper GTS-R, Porsche GT3 R Pikes Peak EVO, NASCAR trucks, and Daytona prototypes. His decade-long experience as a private driving coach and his role as a Porsche 918 Spyder client relationship manager for Porsche Cars North America should also work to his advantage.
At Hennessey, Donohue will work closely with VP of Engineering Brian Jones and Chief Engineer John 'Heinrocket' Heinricy, whose insights and feedback will be invaluable in fine-tuning the Venom F5 as it targets new acclaim. However, Hennessey didn't disclose which specific world record it plans to set, but given the fact that the announcement was made with the track-focused Venom F5 Revolution, we suspect it won't just be straight-line stuff that Hennessey wants to conquer.
The Venom F5 boasts an astonishing 1,817 horsepower from its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, but despite hopes of breaking the 300 mph barrier this year, there's clearly still a long way to go.
"David has a long and successful racing career that he complements with a far-reaching list of teams and manufacturers with whom he has high-performance development experience," said John Hennessey, company founder and CEO. "With more than 25 customer Venom F5 models already built, we can now refocus our team on achieving speed records. To complete those goals, we need an experienced world-class driver who can push our hypercar to reach its potential - that's exactly what David can do."
This suggests those record attempts are imminent, so keep an eye on Texas in 2024.