Could Texas be home to the world's fastest production car?
When you announce intentions to build the world's fastest street-legal production car, chances are you're going to receive plenty of attention. Over a year ago, Hennessey Special Vehicles revealed a prototype of its Venom F5 hypercar, which founder John Hennessey says will be able to surpass 300 mph once the production version is ready to go. If this comes true, then the Venom F5 will unseat the Koenigsegg Agera RS's current top speed record of 284.55 mph. It's no wonder Hennessey added the "F5" to the car's name; F5 is the highest rating given to a tornado in terms of miles per hour.
With growing Venom F5 demand and for other Hennessey modified vehicles, the Texas-based company has just announced it has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art 15,000 sq. ft. factory.
"Demand for powerful, fun, fast, cool vehicles is stronger today than the day we started making fast cars go faster 28 years ago," said founder and CEO, John Hennessey. "Our clients want 600-hp VelociRaptor Ford trucks and 600-hp Lincoln Navigators just like they want more powerful sports cars and muscle cars like the new C8 Corvette and GT500 Mustang. Our current 36,000 square foot facility is maxed out with production at 10-12 vehicles per week. Thus, we are expanding our production facility with an additional 15,000 square feet for a total of 51,000 square feet. This will allow us to grow to a total production capability of 20 vehicles per week – up to 1,000 Hennessey-modified vehicles in 2020 is our goal."
Hennessey already has its own dragstrip for onsite testing and, perhaps, some lunch break time fun. Once completed, the new addition will house a second chassis dyno along with the aforementioned production space. Perhaps most importantly, it will have a dedicated work area for Venom F5 production.
The new facility is expected to be completed and up and running by early next year. In the near future, Hennessey would like to add new buildings for his Tuner School and, perhaps, a road course for track testing.
"I've always dreamed of having our own Fiorano-like test track just like Ferrari has next to their factory in Maranello."