With the help of Shell and Pennzoil, the Venom F5’s ridiculously powerful engine has been in development for nearly five years.
Hennessey wants the Venom F5 to be the fastest hypercar on the planet. Revealed last year, it could become the first production car to break 300 mph. To do that, the American hypercar will need some serious horsepower. At The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Monterey, Hennessey has finally revealed the Venom F5's insanely powerful engine, and it’s just as excessive as we expected.
Under the hood is a custom 7.6 liter, twin-turbo V8 capable of producing over 1,600 hp at 7,200 rpm and a whopping 1,300 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Hennessey also confirmed the hypercar’s engine is a billet aluminium machined engine block with steel cylinder sleeves, precision ball bearing twin turbos with billet compressor wheels, stainless steel turbo headers, and a dry sump oiling system.
“We think the engine details shared at The Quail are of major interest to all those who have been following the progress of the Venom F5,” said John Hennessey. “With a custom-built Hennessey 7.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of achieving more than 1600 hp at 7,200 rpm (24 psi boost pressure) and Shell and Pennzoil powering and protecting this powerhouse, we’re feeling confident in our quest to set new records in 2019.”
With the help of partners Shell and Pennzoil, the engine has been in development for nearly five years.
“Our relationship with John and the Hennessey Special Vehicles team is mutually rewarding. Our products are tested to their performance limits in the new engine designed especially for Venom F5 and will help the Hennessey team to break more records. This extreme performance testbed allows Shell to progress our own innovations as we support this hypercar in its move to next level status,’’ said Carlos Maurer, president, Shell Lubricants Americas.
Hennessey promises the Venom F5’s bespoke design and chassis will also “help achieve even greater performance through improved aerodynamics and technology.” The car will run on Pennzoil Platinum 10W-60 Full Synthetic motor oil and Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline. Out of the 24 Venom F5s that will be built, Hennessey has confirmed 15 have already been sold ahead of its top speed record attempt in 2019 to beat the current 277.87 mph record held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.