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Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar tests at Eaker Air Force Base ahead of Amelia Island debut

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The Hennessey Venom F5 was recently tested at the former Eaker Air Force Base.
The Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar topped 200 mph while tested at the decommissioned Eaker Air Force Base in Arkansas earlier this year. The testing day in the former Toothpick State market the end of the first stage of the car’s development. Two additional stages are to be completed before the car is ready for customers.
Initial aerodynamic, speed, and driving dynamics testing for the Venom F5 took place at Hennessey’s own track in Sealy, Texas, which is located due West of Houston. Then, Hennessey’s engineering team took the car to the 2.2-mile runway at the former airbase.
Ahead of the Arkansas test, Hennessey restricted the engine to just 900 horsepower (half of its available output (1,817 horsepower)). With that power, the F5 topped 200 mph as part of its mid-speed refinement and coast-down program.

“For more than 40 years I’ve been developing high-performance vehicles, yet nothing compares to the Venom F5,” said John Heinricy, Chief Engineer at Hennessey Performance. “We’re making excellent headway in our mission to deliver a world-class hypercar to our customers that handles superbly, while managing its phenomenal power and speed with finesse.

“Every part of our development program is focused on making the Venom F5 the best it can be before customer deliveries start towards the end of this year. Our next phase is the most intense, concentrating on the car’s driving characteristics. We’ll split our testing between racetracks and Texas roads as we harvest data, refine every element and perfect this monster of hypercars.”

The second phase of the F5’s development will work on the car’s agility, poise, and driver feedback using dynamic track and road driving. Hundreds of miles of driving are set to be undertaken to perfect these aspects of the vehicle’s performance at venues including Laguna Seca and Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

While testing at COTA, Hennessey’s engineers intended to unleash the power of the car’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which they’ve nicknamed ‘Fury’.

The final testing phase will occur in the autumn and will work to refine the car’s full-power acceleration, high-speed stability, and braking. Hennessey has its sights set on a top speed surpassing 311 mph.

The Hennessey Venom F5 global public debut is set for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in May.

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