And will go over 200 mph.
After building the Hennessey Venom F5 to break the 300 mph barrier, it's tough to imagine how the American tuner turned automaker could possibly top itself. Since 400 mph doesn't seem possible for a road car, Hennessey will turn in a different, albeit slightly familiar direction. Last year, the company announced plans to build an electric six-wheel-drive GT car called the Deep Space by 2026. Hennessey has plenty of experience building six-wheeled vehicles like the Ram TRX-based Mammoth, but an electric GT is completely new territory.
In an interview with Autocar, company CEO John Hennessey gave more details about the Deep Space, including a rough power estimate. "It's six electric motors with, say, the power potential of 400 horsepower per motor," Hennessey said. Why six wheels? Because it would provide more traction. With approximately 2,400 horsepower, this car would outproduce electric hypercars like the Lotus Evija and Rimac Nevera.
Pennzoil and Delta are onboard to help develop the Deep Space's powertrain, which will include enough batteries to travel around 620 miles on a single charge. This isn't supposed to be a sports car or a supercar, it's a luxurious GT. "I kept waiting for battery technology and lighter batteries to come along, but we're not there yet," Hennessey explained. "Two-and-a-half years ago, I thought, 'What if weight isn't an issue for our first shot at electrification? What if it's not a hypercar? What if it's not a sports car?'"
The Deep Space will have a long wheelbase, allowing four passengers to fit comfortably in a diamond arrangement. "It's not like a Gordon Murray T.50 or a McLaren F1," he said. "It's a properly luxurious car where you can completely stretch your legs out if you're in the passenger seat."
As shown in the sketches, the driver sits front and center with two passengers flanking them on either site. A fourth person then sits in the center rear seat. "The rear seat is a full lie-flat seat," Hennessey described. "Our designer coined it VVIP for a very, very important person. The rear passenger seat is basically a seat that you would have in a Gulfstream jet."
Hennessey says the interior is around 90 percent complete and we should see a concept car "within the next 24 months." The car will cost a whopping $3 million, with one example already pre-sold to the first Venom F5 owner. "How many more guys are out there? I'm not sure, but I do know that in this part of the market, people want to have something completely different to what their friends and rivals own," said Hennessey.