While displaying his 1451-hp 2016 Venom GT at the SEMA show last week, John Hennessey about Hennessey Performance Engineering's future plans. We heard last year about the wild Hennessey Venom F5 concept, with a top speed goal of 290 mph. But what about something that runs on no gas at all?
We're considering doing something with electricity. We've looked at it and I've got friends in that field, I'm just waiting for the batteries to become lighter and have more capacity. But I don't think that's far away. Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren have done a great job at proving that hybrid technology works, but I'm not interested in hybrids. I'd only do the Venom with an engine or as a straight electric.
Weight is a major factor in the Venom's performance: The 1451-hp car claims a curb weight of just 2700 lbs. An electric Venom, which would pack at least 1000 hp, would need some seriously advanced battery tech if it were to live up to the image of the gas-powered version.
Imagine cracking 270 mph with only wind and tire noise, not a peep from the engine to be heard.