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Hennessey attempting to dethrone Bugatti for title of fastest production car with Venom F5 hypercar

The Texas-based hypercar manufacturer has Bugatti firmly set in its sights.
  • Back in 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set the world record for the fastest production car, clocking a top speed of 435.31 km/h (270.49 mph)
  • The Texas-based hypercar manufacturer has set out plans for its 1,817 bhp Venom F5 to exceed 300 mph in 2024
  • The current world record is held by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

Published on Feb 21, 2024 at 2:55PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 22, 2024 at 3:31PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

The Hennessey Venom F5 has firmly set its sights on knocking Bugatti off the top spot for the world’s fastest production car.

As things stand, the Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+ is the fastest, with a top speed of 490.24 km/h (304.77 mph).

Although the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is snapping at its heels, Hennessey has set out plans for its Venom F5 hypercar to break the record in 2024.

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The Texas-based hypercar manufacturer knows a thing or two about setting world records.

Not only that, but it also knows how to snatch records away from Bugatti.

Back in February 2014, the company’s Venom GT became the world’s fastest production car achieving a 435.31 km/h (270.49 mph) top speed.

The giant-slaying feat saw Hennessey exceed the previous record of 432.69 km/h (268.86 mph) held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Now, having delivered 22 customer Venom F5 hypercars, and expanded its engineering team, the company is set to push towards the V-max of ‘America’s Hypercar’.

In development, the Venom F5 achieved more than 434 km/h (270 mph) at the former NASA Shuttle Landing Facility at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Now the search is on for a runway or public road with a sufficiently long strait to allow the 1,817 bhp twin-turbo V8 monster to accelerate beyond 482 km/h (300 mph) and return to zero safely.

“I love that Koenigsegg is gearing up for big speed, I hope that Bugatti joins the party too – it’s rivalries like this that fuel our passion, and drive us to go faster, innovate more, and push harder!” John Hennessey, company founder and CEO, said.

“With 22 customer cars delivered and a newly expanded engineering team, we’re well placed to refocus our attention on enabling the Venom F5 to deliver on its potential.

“Our hypercar has a simulated theoretical top speed of 328mph, but we’re certainly not chasing that number. Breaking 300 mph in two directions is this year’s goal, while hitting 500 km/h (310.8 mph) in one direction would be the ultimate way of celebrating the internal combustion engine!”

The renewed push to become the world’s fastest hypercar follows Hennessey’s recent recruitment of former AMG ONE Chief Engineer Brian Jones and the 2023 Pikes Peak record-setting racing driver David Donohue.

The pair will work with the Hennessey team to demonstrate what is possible when combining the Venom F5’s bespoke, ultra-lightweight carbon chassis with its 1,187 bhp twin-turbocharged V8 ‘Fury’ engine.

While all 24 Venom F5 Coupes sold out in 2021, Hennessey still has a limited selection of build slots available for other open-top and track-focused variants of the Venom F5.

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