Las Vegas, NV and Sealy, TX – November 1, 2017. Today at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” experience at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, John Hennessey of Hennessey Special Vehicles will unveil the much-anticipated Venom F5. Together, Shell, Pennzoil and Hennessey have broken barriers, set records and now they’ve co-engineered the next big thing in the automotive industry – and that’s still just the beginning.
The Venom F5 is an all-new hypercar designed and built from the ground up with one goal in mind: To be the absolute fastest road car on earth. Hennessey and team have developed a completely new design, chassis and carbon fiber body focused on aerodynamics to achieve the lowest possible drag. The new Venom F5 design features active aero that will yield a coefficient of drag of just 0.33.
“We’ve designed Venom F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched,” said John Hennessey, company Founder and CEO. “The Venom F5 is an all new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line.”
The Hennessey team is developing an all new, twin turbo V8 engine that will deliver over 1600 bhp. The Hennessey engine will be mated to a 7-speed single clutch paddle shift transmission and delivering power down to the rear tires. The Venom will also feature an all new light weight chassis and all carbon fiber body, which will give the Venom F5 a curb weight of 2,950 lbs.
The Venom F5’s combination of light weight, low drag and all-American horsepower will deliver a new level of hypercar performance. Acceleration from 0 to 186 mph (300 km/h) will be less than 10 seconds making the new Venom F5 quicker than current Formula 1 race cars. Zero to 249 mph (400 km/h) and back to rest will be under 30 seconds. The top speed of the Venom F5 is projected to exceed 300 mph.
The base price for the Venom F5 is $1.6 million US dollars. The company plans to build 24 examples.
“Shell is fortunate to have forged technical and co-engineering alliances with some of the most revered automotive visionaries in the industry,” said Patty Lanning, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants. “Working hand-in-hand with Hennessey on one of the most stunning road cars we’ve seen has been an incredible experience. We share a passion for performance and know that Pennzoil will protect the Venom F5’s engine through development and testing to production.”
In addition to having Pennzoil coursing through the Venom F5 engine, it protects engines in every Hennessey build. Hennessey also relies on Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline to fuel each of their powerhouses from the test track to the road.
John Hennessey has put his pioneering excellence on full display at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” experience for the remainder of the week at the 2017 SEMA Show. In addition to the Venom F5, Hennessey also brought along the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6 and THE EXORCIST TM, based on the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Follow all the action and updates on social media via #ShellatSEMA and check out www.shell.us/sema for a full schedule of events at the Shell “Pioneering Performance” experience and Live Stage.
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Pebble Beach – Shell and Pennzoil teamed up with Hennessey Special Vehicles to bring the Hennessey Venom F5 to The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, to unveil much sought-after engine details since its first industry introduction last fall.
“We think the engine details shared at The Quail are of major interest to all those who have been following the progress of the Venom F5,” said John Hennessey. “With a custom-built Hennessey 7.6 Liter Twin Turbo V8 engine capable of achieving more than 1600 bhp at 7,200 rpm (24 psi boost pressure) and Shell and Pennzoil powering and protecting this powerhouse, we’re feeling confident in our quest to set new records in 2019.”
In addition to the ample horsepower available to the Venom F5, the hypercar’s engine is a billet aluminum machined engine block with steel cylinder sleeves that will continue to push the envelope with 1,300 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 rpm, a 9.3:1 compression ratio, and features precision ball bearing twin turbos with billet compressor wheels, stainless steel turbo headers, and a dry sump oiling system.
For nearly five years, Shell and Pennzoil have been working with Hennessey founder and CEO, John Hennessey, to power and protect his coveted asphalt-eating power machines. More than two years ago, they joined up to co-engineer a vehicle that is on pace to re-write the industry record books: the Venom F5. This extreme hypercar has been designed and built with the goal of being the fastest car on earth.
“Our relationship with John and the Hennessey Special Vehicles team is mutually rewarding. Our products are tested to their performance limits in the new engine designed especially for Venom F5 and will help the Hennessey team to break more records. This extreme performance testbed allows Shell to progress our own innovations as we support this hypercar in its move to next level status,’’ said Carlos Maurer, president, Shell Lubricants Americas.
The Venom F5’s bespoke design and chassis will also help achieve even greater performance through improved aerodynamics and technology. Hennessey will rely on Pennzoil Platinum 10W-60 Full Synthetic motor oil and Shell V-Power® NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline to protect and power the Venom F5 across any finish line.
Out of the 24 vehicles that will be built, there have already been 15 confirmed orders.
John Hennessey with the president of Pennzoil, Carlos Maurer, at The Quail
Pam Rosen, Don Moser, John Hennessey and Carlos Maurer at The Quail
The Hennessey & Shell Pennzoil Team at The Quail
John & Hope Hennessey on the concept car green in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
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