Despite delays, the reveal is still on track for later this year.
After the SSC Tuatara smashed the production car top speed record with a claimed average speed of 331.15 mph, it's easy to forget there are other manufacturers that want to beat the 304.77-mph speed record set by the pre-production Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+. Hennessey Performance, for example, is preparing to unleash the production version of the Venom F5, which the tuner claims will be capable of hitting well beyond 300 mph.
The Texas tuner was planning to reveal the production Venom F5 this month, but the worldwide disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has changed those plans. Thankfully, it won't be a long delay.
Speaking with Bugatti's Head of Communications Tim Bravo on the Drive On Podcast, John Hennessey revealed the original plan was to present the first production Venom F5 at Pebble Beach this year, but the event was canceled. Do not despair, because the Venom F5 is still on track for a reveal by the end of 2020, but Hennessey didn't provide a specific date.
According to Hennessey, the first production example is nearly complete. The engine has been bolted in and the hypercar is already in running condition in contrast to the initial prototype that was just a body shell with no engine.
After the first production Venom F5 is shown to the world later this year, testing of the extraordinary hypercar will start in early 2021. Power will be sourced from a 7.6-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 lb-ft of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox. Only 24 examples are entering production, with 12 being delivered to the North American market and the other 12 for international markets. Each car will cost $1.6 million. If the SSC Tuatara redoes the 330-mph speed record to silence the conspiracy theorists, the bar will be set extremely high for Hennessey.