There's a decent chance you weigh more.
It's been almost two years since the Hennessey Venom F5 was first shown to the world at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. With a 304 mph top speed record recently set by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, company founder John Hennessey now wants the Venom F5 to go at least 310.7 mph. Lots of power is not the only way to accomplish this. Cutting as much weight as possible is also a must. Hennessey has just revealed the first images of the new hypercar's carbon-fiber chassis. It weighs exactly 189.6 pounds. This is a ground-up design that's both strong and light. Torsional rigidity has been measured at 38,353 lb-ft of torque per degree.
"Our all-new carbon fiber chassis is an engineering marvel and to see it in person is like looking at a piece of artwork. It's like a piece of automotive jewelry that's built to run 500+ km/h (310.7 mph)," said Hennessey.
With a price tag of $1.8 million each, the first three Venom F5s are now in production and will soon begin testing. Just 24 examples are planned, 12 for the US market and 12 for overseas customers. All US allocations have already sold out. An official debut (only a concept body shell has so far been shown) is set for this August at Pebble Beach.
Power will come courtesy of something very special: a bespoke V8 engine dubbed 'Fury'. With a total of 1,817 horsepower (at 8,000 rpm) and 1,193 lb-ft of torque, this state-of-the-art 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 also utilizes plenty of lightweight components, such the crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, and engine block. There are even 3D printed titanium compressor housings.
This is an awful lot of time and money to be invested in just 24 potentially world speed breaking hypercar coupes, right? Indeed, but Hennessey has already announced that once coupe production is completed, attention will shift towards a Venom F5 Roadster. Slicing off the roof is perhaps the easiest task, as there will undoubtedly be plenty of chassis and body re-engineering requirements.