Hennessey Says 1817-HP Venom F5 Roadster Is Built for 300 MPH+


  • Hennessey presents the roadster model of its Venom F5, concentrating on it to be the quickest cabriolet on this planet.
  • Its lift-off carbon-fiber targa panel means minimal weight penalty.
  • The worth can be a not-so-light $3 million every, with manufacturing restricted to only 30 examples.

    Monterey Automotive Week has lengthy been well-known for the prospect to see a few of the world’s most historic and unique automobiles. However the collection of car-themed occasions in northern California serves one other objective: that of being an auto present for billionaires. A spot the place they will see new, unobtainium-grade fashions earlier than anyone else, and in addition purchase them.

    Certainly one of this 12 months’s debuts is the Hennessey Venom F5 roadster, freshly unveiled at The Quail Motorsport Gathering. As its title suggests, this can be a decapitated model of the prevailing F5, which the Texan producer says goes to be the world’s quickest and strongest open-topped highway automotive on this planet. Solely 30 can be constructed, with each promoting for a cool $3 million. By the ludicrous requirements of Pebble Seashore hypercar unveilings, the worth is not truly that extreme.

    The roadster is predicated on the F5 Venom coupe and shares an equivalent mechanical package deal. This can be a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 claimed to provide an astonishing 1817 horsepower and driving the rear wheels by way of an automatic single-clutch transmission. Hennessey says the roadster has a dry weight of simply 3098 kilos—simply 45 kilos greater than the coupe—and that it’s designed to ship a prime velocity of greater than 300 mph, though most velocity can be restricted when the roof panel is eliminated.

    Prime Will get Particular Remedy

    The open-topped F5 is a targa quite than a full cabriolet, with a lift-out part between the windshield rail and the raised rollover construction behind the seats. The panel is constituted of carbon fiber and weighs just below 40 kilos, which means it ought to be easy for one particular person to take away or set up it. As soon as decapitated, the roof could be both transported in an ultrasoft merino wool journey bag or alternatively displayed on a pedestal that can be include the automotive. The roadster additionally will get a brand new viewing window in its engine cowl to indicate off the “Fury” V-8; it sits beneath a carbon-fiber panel within the coupe.

    Different visible adjustments over the fixed-roof F5 embrace new solid seven-spoke aluminum wheels for the roadster, out there in both silver end or polished aluminum and secured by titanium bolts. However use of the identical carbon monocoque because the coupe, which weighs simply 190 kilos bare, implies that structural energy ought to be nearly precisely the identical, even with the roof eliminated. And as with the coupe, the roadster does with none lively aerodynamic components, uncommon on this a part of the market; downforce ranges are adjusted by tweaking journey peak to change the angle of airflow over the physique.

    The unanswered query, for now, is simply how briskly the F5 Venom roadster can be able to going. Hennessey continues to be working to show what the coupe is able to, the latest publicly launched determine is 271 mph on a 3.2-mile runway in Florida. (You possibly can see the video of that run right here.)

    Can It Beat the Bugatti?

    Whereas that’s nonetheless wanting the focused 300-mph-plus prime velocity, physics means that each the F5 Venom coupe and roadster might be able to breaking that milestone given they’ve extra energy and fewer weight than the Bugatti Chiron Tremendous Sport 300+, which presently holds the manufacturing automotive velocity report, having been pushed to just about 305 mph by British sports-car racing legend Andy Wallace in 2019. We stay up for discovering what the Hennessey is really able to.

    Whereas the F5 Venom roadster is about to be costlier than the coupe, which value $2.1 million when it was introduced in 2020, the open-topped automotive can also be going to be much less unique—presuming Hennessey manages to promote out its full proposed run of 30 automobiles, in opposition to simply 24 coupes. Manufacturing of the roadster is about to start by the tip of the 12 months.

    However in comparison with the Texan firm’s deliberate six-wheeled 2400-hp four-seat EV, it appears to be like fairly wise.


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