Texas tuning house names Venom GT successor after strongest tornado

The fine folks at Hennessey Performance aren’t just creating animorphs anymore. Nor are they resting on their laurels with their Lotus Exige based Venom GT.

Instead, John Hennessey and his company of engineers plans to smash the world’s fastest production car record again with a sequel to the GT dubbed Venom F5.

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The new model will feature a custom carbon fiber body, visually unique to the car, and sporting a drag coefficient of 0.40. This, along with an estimated 1400 hp coming from an upgraded twin-turbocharged 7.0-litre V8, should be good for 290 mph (466.71 km/h).

“We are very excited about this next chapter of the Venom, which brings forth an all-new design that is not only a powerful and unique statement that our clients are looking for, but a vehicle that will achieve even higher performance through improved aerodynamics,” said John Hennessey in a statement on the company’s website.

“We learned a great deal during the development of the Venom GT in breaking the 270-mph barrier, and we bring that experience to this new design as we look toward raising the performance bar even higher.”

The Venom F5’s body will also keep the car under 1300 kg (2866 lbs), though it’ll be slightly heavier than the Venom GT’s 1244 kg curb weight.

At least 30 Venom F5s will be produced with an expected reveal in 2015.




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