Hennessey® completes first round of Venom F5 aerodynamic testing


Sealy, TX

April 20, 2021

Advanced data analytics accelerates development and engineering of new Hennessey® hypercar 

  • John Heinricy, Chief Engineer: “Harvesting real world vehicle performance data is accelerating the pace of F5 development”
  • Hennessey®’s new hypercar tops 200 mph during early aerodynamics testing
  • Venom F5 global public debut set for Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in May

The Hennessey® Venom F5 hypercar has successfully completed the first of three phases of intense development, with Chief Engineer John ‘Heinrocket’ Heinricy signing the car off for dynamic development.

The first phase of Venom F5 development began in February, concentrating on mechanical refinement, engine fine-tuning, steering and real-world aerodynamic validation. Initially taking place at Hennessey®’s own test track in Sealy, Texas, the development then moved to the 2.2-mile (3.5 km) runway of a former U.S. Air Force base in Arkansas. Despite the engine’s power being restricted to just 900 hp – a mere 50 percent of the final 1,817 hp output – the aerodynamic testing saw the F5 top 200 mph as part of its mid-speed refinement and coast-down program.

John Heinricy, Chief Engineer at Hennessey Performance, said: “For more than 40 years I’ve been developing high-performance vehicles, yet nothing compares to the Venom F5. We’re making excellent headway in our mission to deliver a world-class hypercar to our customers that handles superbly, while managing its phenomenal power and speed with finesse.

“Every part of our development program is focused on making the Venom F5 the best it can be before customer deliveries start towards the end of this year. Our next phase is the most intense, concentrating on the car’s driving characteristics. We’ll split our testing between racetracks and Texas roads as we harvest data, refine every element and perfect this monster of hypercars.”

The second phase of development will determine the Venom F5’s agility, poise and driver feedback through an intense program of dynamic track and road driving. The team’s aim is to harness the car’s power to enable it to perform as a ‘decathlete of the road’ with hundreds of miles of driving set to take place throughout the summer.

The team will test on every type of road with the car’s high-performance dynamics fine-tuned at several racetracks including Laguna Seca, California and Circuit of The Americas (COTA), situated less than 100 miles from the Hennessey Performance base. Here, the team will unleash the 6.6-litre Hennessey® twin turbo V8 engine, named ‘Fury’, while monitoring every facet of the cars’ handling via state-of-the-art telemetry and data logging equipment.

John Hennessey, company founder and CEO, said: “With almost all Venom F5 models in the 24-car production run already sold, we’re focused on delivering an all-round hypercar to our customers that rivals the best in the world. I’m proud of our team of engineers who will achieve this mission guided by the infinite experience of John Heinricy. His engineering, racing and high-performance vehicle development skills will shape the Venom F5’s dynamic capabilities to match its immense power.”

The Hennessey® Venom F5 is set to make its global public debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on May 22-23, mid-way through its development program. Following its road and track testing this summer, the final phase will take place in the fall to refine the car’s full-power acceleration, high-speed stability and braking. Once the engineering team signs-off this final development phase, Hennessey® has its sights set on a top speed surpassing 311 mph (500 kph).

Media Contact:
Jon Visscher: Jon.Visscher@comm.co.uk

About Hennessey®:
Based in Sealy, Texas, the Hennessey® business comprises Hennessey Special Vehicles, Hennessey Performance (HPE), Tuner School®, and the Lonestar Motorsports Park. The company has re-engineered more than 12,000 vehicles for performance enthusiasts from around the world to deliver unparalleled driving thrills. Alongside modifying a diverse range of sports, and muscle cars since 1991, the company also applies its high-performance expertise to trucks and SUVs – and boasts its own hypercars – the Venom GT and the Venom F5.

Every Hennessey® product is dyno-proven, fully track-tested, street-legal and warrantied. Customers can choose from road-ready performance-enhanced cars by Hennessey from a wide variety of brands including Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Jeep in addition to benefitting from a host of high-performance upgrades.

With its own test track, engineering curriculum for aspiring tuners, more than 80 team members and capacity to work on 40-50 vehicles at a time, Hennessey Performance is one of the world’s leading specialist vehicle engineering companies. The new 6.6-litre V8 Venom F5 hypercar is set for customer deliveries in 2022. Boasting 1,817 hp and a +311 mph top speed, the company is guaranteed to deliver like never before on its mission of ‘making fast cars faster’.

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