Bugatti might have got there first, but Texas tuning legend turned hypercar maker John Hennessey isn’t giving up on his 300mph dream just yet. This is the car Hennessey believes will make that dream come true, the F5 Venom.
We have seen the F5 before – it made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018 – but never before as the finished article. You see it here as a fully equipped $2.1m (plus taxes) bespoke carbon-fibre hypercar, complete with a twin-turbo 6.6-litre V8 squeezed in behind the seats. Yes, old-fashioned petrol power, there’s nothing electric here.
Powerful? With 1,817PS you would have to say so. It’s the most powerful production road car combustion engine ever made, claims John Hennessey, founder and CEO of Hennessey Performance, a company that has made its name over the past 30 years extracting up to 2,000PS to make already fast cars and pickups go a great deal faster. In 2014 it turned a Lotus Exige into its first bespoke supercar, the 1244PS Venom GT – it clocked 270mph – and the F5 Venom is that car’s spiritual successor. Incidentally, F5 in the name is a meteorological term for the highest-rated tornado speed.