Hennessey Venom F5 tested beyond 250mph

Time for the important Venom testing: aerodynamics, high-speed stability, and F5 Mode…

By Matt Bird / Monday, January 10, 2022 / Loading comments

Even in a world of 800hp supercars and hot hatches that can do 180mph, there remains something compelling about the really, really fast stuff. Anything beyond the McLaren F1’s sensational 240mph from all those years ago puts a car in a very senior and exclusive performance category. It’s well known that the Hennessey Venom F5 has designs on reaching 300mph (specifically 311mph, or 500kmh), a feat so far only achieved by Bugatti, and a milestone others are understandably keen to reach. Don’t forget about the Koenigsegg Jesko, and whatever may happen to the SSC Tuatara.

Anyway, for now it’s the turn of Hennessey to show off its progress attempting to reach the triple ton. This short video is said to be a ‘high-speed evaluation’ – mindful of anyone getting the wrong idea, the description adds ‘This is NOT a top speed test’ – which sees the F5 mode used for the first time. That’s the setting for beyond 250mph; even on the vast expanse of Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds (and without a speedo cam), it’s clear this Venom prototype is seriously moving. “That extra power’s nice” is the verdict from the driver’s seat. And the Venom spits flames – whatever your EV hypercar does, it doesn’t do that. Flames are always good.

Given the largely production ready state of this test car, down to the yolk-style wheel and driver’s display, it seems that actual 300mph F5s can’t be far off for what must be 24 very eagerbuyers. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.

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