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Hennessey Venom F5: ‘300mph’ hypercar's interior revealed

Lee Stern
20 Nov 2017

The Venom F5 will go toe-to-toe with the Bugatti Chiron for the title of the world’s fastest car.

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Hennessey has released images of the Venom F5’s interior, following the car’s debut at the SEMA show earlier this month.

The interior is appointed according to the hypercar rule book with extensive use of high-grade materials. Carbonfibre trims the majority of the surfaces with swathes of stitched-leather covering the dashboard and door cards. Machined pieces of metal have been used for the prominent air-vents.

> Click here for our review and video of the Venom GT

The design of the standard steering wheel sitting ahead of a digital dash display clearly draws inspiration from motorsport, rectangular in shape and festooned with buttons. The dial below the left-hand horizontal spoke of the steering wheel appears to be the gear-selector, surrounding a button labeled ‘engine’ that potentially cycles through different maps for the twin-turbo 7.4-litre V8. It’s difficult to make out the buttons on the carbonfibre spokes either side of the hub. Perhaps of most interest though is the red and black ‘boost’ button recessed into the Alcantara on the right of the wheel which suggests some kind of option to increase performance.

The optional racing steering wheel offers something altogether different, relocating the dash-mounted, digital display to its centre in place of the Hennessey branded hub. The screen displaces numerous wheel-mounted buttons, so it’s possible that the functions they control can be accessed through the digitised interface.  

Texas-based hypercar specialist, Hennessey, first unveiled its Bugatti Chiron baiting Venom F5 at the SEMA car show in Las Vegas. The Venom F5 is the latest model in a line of Hennessey cars dedicated to breaking top speed records.

A 7.4-litre aluminium V8, bolstered by two turbos, develops 1600bhp and 1300lb ft of torque. It drives the rear wheels via a single-clutch paddleshift gearbox, or a manual for those crazy enough to relinquish a two-handed vice-like grip on the wheel. In a Top Trumps battle, the Bugatti Chiron is outgunned by the American upstart with ‘only’ 1479bhp and 1180lb ft of torque.

Engineering efforts haven’t centred exclusively around the Venon F5’s powertrain. Designed in-house, the chassis and sleeker carbonfibre body help to further the top speed cause, yielding a kerbweight of 1338kg and a coefficient of drag of just 0.33. The near-two tonne Chiron cuts a less aerodynamic figure with a coefficient of drag of 0.35 in Top Speed mode.

All the power and aerodynamic honing combine for mind-blowing acceleration, 0-186mph arrives in less than 10sec. From standstill the F5 will charge to 249mph and back to rest in under half a minute.

> Click here for our Bugatti Chiron review

The F5 undercuts the Chiron by about £1m too (based on current exchange rates), retailing at $1.6m. So the pound-per-horsepower calculations certainly tip the scales in the F5’s favour, although only 24 units will be produced.

Speaking at the car’s launch, John Hennessy, CEO said ‘We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line’.

 

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