Hennessy Performance Engineering (HPE) is an American automotive company that started as a performance tuning workshop. The concept deployed by HPE is quite simple, take an average car and make it go insanely faster. It is known about cars that hold the Hennessey label next to their name that they are not just fearfully powerful, but also astronomically quicker. Hennessey modified cars were never considered naturally fast cars until recently after they started independent development.
How Hennessy Performance Engineering Came To Existence
In 1991 John Hennessy was an ambitious racing enthusiast who sat his eyes on competing for the Pikes Peak hill climb title. With a Mitsubishi 3000GT and a crack for speed, Hennessey took his Japanese tuner and achieved 4th rank among the other hill climb racers. He carried on speed racing at Nevada, Colorado, and Bonneville Salt Flats, where he sat a world record at the time of 177 miles per hour.
By the end of the year, John decided to settle down and get married, after which he founded Hennessey Performance Engineering and focused his attention on creating solutions for performance enhancement.
Hennessey Venom F5: Success In The Early Days
The first Venom, labeled Venom 500, was built upon request in 1993 for a racer customer looking to participate in Nevada open road races. The buyer ended up with a 500 BHP, 500 lb.-ft torque mean machine that could go 0 – 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. This mighty production had successfully won its class in the Nevada open road race and scored overall fourth with an average speed of 164 mph.
All in all, HPE is considered a successful medium-sized enterprise. Along the 90s the company managed to take several flagship cars and turn them into absolute monsters, one of which was the Dodge Viper, better known as the Viper Venom, it had 650 horsepower rumbling under the bonnet, this figure might be average high in today’s accounts, but in 1996 that was simply bonkers of an engine.
Scenes Of The Infamous Duel
Car fanatics know the reputation of the Hennessey Venom well, and how it drove the entire staff of Bugatti into frenzy as it obliterated their queen dominant Veyron Super Sport off the top chart as the world’s fastest production car for a brief period. In short, it is a story of pure craft and engineering wit.
In 2013, the Hennessey Venom GT sat a new world record to be added in Guinness books for the fastest car to accelerate from 0–300 km/h (187 mph) in just 13.63 seconds. Aided by an unofficial record of 14.51 seconds for fastest to accelerate from 0-200 mph, the Bugatti Veyron was rather far back with a difference of 7.7 seconds. Quite a lot! Surely Bugatti would muster again and come back with newer and stronger versions to redeem face, but history won’t forget how epic it was to see the Hennessey Venom GT ate up tarmac as it sped along Ellington Airport runway in Texas.
Hennessey Venom F5: No Rest For The Wicked
The 2013 Guinness record didn’t hold HPE engineers back, they continued working on the Venom adding modifications and improvements. One year later, the Venom sat another world record, which was at speed this time, the American production managed to do a whooping 270.4 mph (435 km/h). At that point, it was clear for everyone to see that HPE are going for complete takeover.
Over the following years, HPE contributed to modifying select vehicles such as the Ford Raptor and Chevrolet Camaro. Remarkably, cars that possess the Hennessey label are not just generous in engine power only, but in overall performance as well. HPE engineers place their attention on making the car functions well with the powerful engine they put in, they may remove excessive weight, improve suspension and brakes, polish the pistons, or do a facial makeover to add an element of fierceness to the car’s exterior ( as they did in the 1000 BHP Camaro ZL1 the Exorcist)
The Venom F5 In Production
In 2017 HPE introduced the Venom F5 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The latest beast boasted a brand-new chassis and design, the carbon fiber body focused primarily on coordinating the light weight with the impressive aerodynamic lines of the car. In 2020 the first completed model was shipped to a buyer who willingly paid a staggering $2.1 million. However, that is not all. According to HPE officials and Motor1 reports, only 24 models are going into production line, this is explained as HPE officials say they wish to keep their cars exclusive. Unfortunately for others, each of the 24 models has already been spoken for. If one is already delivered, the others will soon follow, it is only up to HPE to announce any further sale updates.
In terms of specs, the Venom F5 carries a shockingly powerful from 1817 horsepower. The monstrous engine is a 6.6liter V8, promised by HPE engineers that it will get the Venom F5 to break the 300mph barrier. No wonder why this monster sold out quickly.
Message From The Developers
HPE has its own official YouTube channel, which they use to publish their tuning videos for the public to enjoy. Recently, the company published a video of the F5 running down their special runway tarmac and hitting a terrific 271.6 mph. Though from what it seems, the car can certainly go well beyond that limit. Here’s a video of that event.