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Texas-based automobile tuner Hennessey Performance – through its Special Vehicles division – has been busy developing the upcoming Venom F5 hypercar, which was introduced at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 1, 2017, as a successor to the Venom GT. Although it’s still under development, we’ve gotten some impressive details about it, which at the same time also make us know that the company has hit a significant milestone.
According to Hennessey, the Venom F5 will be powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8; and if you’re curious about how potent it is, you’re about to get the answer here – the engine would make 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 pound-feet of torque.
Lightweight components are being used for the engine, including the engine block, crankshaft, connective rods, and pistons. According to the company boss John Hennessey, pretty much every part of the V8 engine is overbuilt. Other heavy pieces of the powertrain include the billet aluminum intake manifold, billet steel hydraulic roller camshaft, billet dry sump oil system, and stainless steel shaft-mounted rocker arms among others.
The mill reportedly comes with a unique manifold configuration that puts the intercooler between the cylinder heads and plenum, allowing it to reduce the inlet air temperature as it enters the combustion chamber. This will create greater air density which in turn will result in greater power efficiency as well. So, the new design also explains why the engine can have high output numbers with the torque rating goes beyond 1,000 pound-feet from 2,000 to 8,000 rpm.
Having such a monstrous engine while weighing less than 3,000 pounds (1,360 kg), the Hennessey Venom F5 could come out as a big rival to the Bugatti Chiron and a serious threat to its record-smashing top speed. And by revealing the horsepower figure, Hennessey has given context for its previous claim that it takes more than 1,578 hp to cross the 300 mph barrier, which means that Bugatti might not be honest about the output figures of the Chiron it used to break the speed record.
Hennessey wants to surpass 300 mph too, and it believes that the minimum amount of power needed to get there is 1,817 hp, not less. We will see how great this hypercar performs when it begins testing later this year.