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Hen­nessey Venom F5

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Kenny Yeo

Su­per­cars have be­come faster over the years, but the goal of 300mph still eludes them. Bu­gatti wants to have a crack at it with its new Ch­i­ron, but only af­ter it gets its tires sorted out. The loads at 300mph would be dev­as­tat­ing, and no one is sure if the Bu­gatti’s tires can with­stand the forces at that speed.

John Hen­nessey, how­ever, be­lieves that the Venom F5 will be able to hit the 300mph mark quite eas­ily. There are two rea­sons for that. The first is power. The Venom F5 will be pow­ered by a spe­cially de­vel­oped 7.4-liter V8 with two tur­bocharg­ers. It de­vel­ops 1,600hp and an earth-shat­ter­ing 1,762nm of torque. Cou­pled with its low drag co­ef­fi­cient, Hen­nessey says the Venom F5 will hit 186mph (300km/h) in un­der 10 sec­onds and that its top speed is 301mph (485km/h).

The sec­ond rea­son is that the Venom F5 is not sub­jected to the same tire re­stric­tions as the Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron. Be­cause it is a sig­nif­i­cantly lighter car, it also means that its tires will ex­pe­ri­ence fewer forces at high speeds. Ac­cord­ing to Hen­nessey, his cal­cu­la­tions in­di­cate that the Venom F5 will not over­load its tires even at the ex­treme speeds that he is tar­get­ing. The Venom F5 will at­tempt a top speed run some­time next year.

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