Hennessey's 1600-HP Venom F5 Engine Is Two Massive Turbos With a V8 Attached

Look at this thing. It's flat-out ridiculous.

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Hennessey Performance

Hennessey revealed the Venom F5 last year at SEMA as a replacement for its wildly powerful Venom GT. While it was said to be making 1600 horsepower, we weren't sure how. Now, we know: A fully custom V8 with a pair of absolutely gargantuan turbochargers. This thing looks ridiculous.

Let's get specs out of the way first. The engine is claimed to push out 1600 horsepower at 7200 RPM, and 1300 lb-ft of torque at 4400 RPM. Unlike the Venom GT's engine, which is based on a Chevy LS V8, a Hennessey spokesperson tells us this one is totally bespoke. It has billet-aluminum machined 7.6-liter block with steel cylinder sleeves, a 9.3:1 compression ratio, and a dry-sump oiling system. The turbos are precision ball-bearing units, with billet aluminum compressor wheels. They run at 24psi of boost.

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Power is sent to the rear wheels via either a single-clutch automated transmission or, thankfully, a good old fashioned six-speed manual.

If you're not familiar about the car being powered by this engine, here's a refresher: A show floor model of the Venom F5 was first shown at SEMA in 2017, where John Hennessey, the company's founder and CEO, promised it would be able to get from 0 to 186 mph in under 10 seconds, and exceed 300 mph flat-out. The company has yet to show a finished, working version of the car publicly, but claims 15 of the 24 cars it plans to build have already been spoken for. The Venom F5 carries a starting price of $1.6 million, with up to $600,000 worth of options available.

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The engine, as well as the Venom F5 display model, will be on display this weekend in Monterey as a part of the Car Week festivities. Go check it out—but don't get too close—those turbos might suck you right in if you're not careful.

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