06 Nov Drive On Podcast Tim Bravo with John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance
John Hennessey opens up on 30 years of performance engineering.
• The Hennessey business thrives on exploring the limits of engineering
• Venom F5 set for global debut this year with goal to inspire future engineers
• John Hennessey says competition is essential to drive progress and raise standards
SEALY, Texas, Nov. 9, 2020 – Hennessey Performance will enter 2021 with a brand-new car and a focus on achieving world class dynamic performance that pushes the boundaries of speed.
John Hennessey has spent 30 years developing performance cars, analysing their characteristics and delivering thrills to motoring enthusiasts. In his latest podcast, a chat with Bugatti’s Tim Bravo, John explains that his deep understanding of performance is built on a foundation of family, engineering exploration and a desire to constantly push the boundaries of speed.
Since 1991, Hennessey Performance has grown to employ more than 50 people and is set to achieve an annual output of 1,000 customer cars next year. Initially, the company focused exclusively on enhancing the output of sports and muscle cars. Today, the business has diversified to cover a wealth of vehicle sectors with the SUV / truck market central to the boosted volumes.
The scale of the business has allowed it to develop its own vehicles alongside enhancing others. The company’s Venom GT claimed the world’s fastest production car back in 2014, achieving a top speed of 270mph. Now, the company is set to launch its latest model – the Hennessey Venom F5.
Striving for even greater levels of engineering excellence and continually learning is what drives the whole Hennessey team through painstaking dynamic development and fastidious refinement. The objective for every Hennessey model is to be the epitome of performance. According to John, “A car should thrill you every time you drive it, you should always have respect for a truly powerful car, plus a healthy dose of fear.”
In the podcast, John explains how pushing the boundaries of speed is so important to his customers: “We don’t go fast because it’s easy, we go fast because it’s hard… speed records push the limits and help us learn about our cars and continually improve.”
Recalling the years of sparring with the likes of Bugatti and Koenigsegg, John says: “If there was just one company going out and going fast it would be boring.” This healthy competition drives the company and sustains the market for cars that seek to achieve the pinnacle of performance.
Looking ahead to the launch of the Venom F5, John makes clear his desire to understand the capabilities of the car through testing, refinement and attempting to break new ground for performance. He explains how the Space Race and his early desire to become an astronaut inspired his passion for engineering and speed. Considering the Venom F5, he describes it as, “the greatest internal combustion engine car we’ll ever build… I hope that our efforts go on to inspire future generations of engineers.”
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