The “world’s fastest car” may soon look pitifully slow.
Ok, not that slow, but Hennessey Performance has announced plans for a successor to its 270 mph Venom GT that could crack 290 mph.
Named Venom F5 after the top wind speed rating on the Fujita scale for ranking tornadoes, the two-seat supercar could boast more than 1,400 hp – up from the Venom GT’s 1,244 hp – thanks to larger turbochargers and intercoolers, and a more potent fuel system strapped to its 7.0-liter V8.
Six-speed manual and racing-style single clutch automatic transmissions will be offered, and the car will be built on an updated version of the Venom GT’s Lotus Exige-based chassis.
A bigger departure is the new vehicle’s styling. While the Venom GT looked something like an Exige that’d been through a mean toffee stretcher, the Venom F5 gets an edgier, more distinctive carbon fiber body that the Texas-based builder says both lowers aerodynamic drag and improves downforce, which should help it set a new speed mark and stay stuck to the road when it’s there.
The Venom F5 packs lower aerodynamic drag and improved downforce.