American high-performance automaker Hennessey has dialed up track performance to the proverbial “11” with the release of the Venom F5 Revolution.
The 1,817-horsepower hypercar adds large downforce components to the standard, top-speed focused Venom F5 Coupe to maximize its competitiveness on the racetrack. Hennessey says the Revolution will be street-legal and priced at $2.7M. Only 24 units will leave the production line.
Hennessey Chief Engineer John ‘Heinrocket’ Heinricy said in a statement the original F5 was designed to be “ultra-light and monstrously powerful, with dynamics to match.”
Heinricy stated the Revolution’s purpose is to take Hennessy’s existing hypercar and “create a machine that is the ultimate visceral and emotional driving experience.”
Adding new aerodynamics to the most powerful production car in the world is how Hennessey aims to make Heinricy’s words a reality.
Hennessey has made eye-popping performance claims before, but the market still awaits. The Revolution’s announcement comes after a claim by John Hennessey, the marque’s founder, that the original F5 would break the 300 mph barrier and become the world’s fastest production car. It hasn’t occurred.
The Revolution shares the same engine as the original F5 and “packs a mean punch,” according to Hennessey-provided specs. An 8,200-RPM, twin-turbocharged, 6.6-liter pushrod V8 powers the Revolution with existing F5s and produces more than 1,190 lbs/ft of torque at 5,500 RPM.
Torque and the 1,817 horsepower are sent to the rear wheels through an automated single clutch transmission.
Unlike the F5, the Revolution adds a new, massive rear wing and other components designed for the fastest lap times. Front canards, an extended front spoiler, enlarged rear diffuser, and even a roof scoop are all exclusive to the Revolution. Some 800 pounds of downforce are produced at 186 mph and 1,400 pounds at 249 mph. Weight is kept to a minimum.
Fifty pounds have been removed from the standard F5 with help from a carbon fiber body allowing the vehicle to tip the scale at less than 3,000 pounds. The Revolution’s stiffened double-wishbone suspension with track-ready alignment settings and adjustable dampers are offered standard alongside carbon ceramic brakes.
The Revolution is still awaiting production. Hennessey finished building the tenth of 24 F5 Coupes earlier this month and will begin to build the 30 planned F5 Roadsters sometime in 2023. When the Revolution will begin its production hasn’t been confirmed
Mason Bloom is a reporter for TheWeeklyDriver.com. When he is not writing about industry news, new car reviews or covering live motorsport events, he is a sophomore at Aptos High School on the California central coast.
Article Last Updated: January 12, 2023.
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