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by Tim Beissmann

The new Hennessey Venom F5 has set its sights on becoming the world’s fastest production car, targeting a Bugatti-beating top speed of 467km/h (290mph).

The Texas-based supercar specialist has released these three renderings of its successor to the ballistic Venom GT, which itself reached 435km/h in February in an unofficial run.

Hennessey says the Venom F5’s next-generation twin-turbocharged V8 powertrain remains under development, but claims its peak output could conceivably exceed 1044kW (1400hp).

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The longitudinally mounted V8 will get larger turbos, and the fuel system and intercooler capacity will be upgraded to handle the demands of increased boost.

Extensive use of aluminium and carbonfibre should ensure the F5’s weight remains under 1300kg, and only slightly up on the GT’s 1244kg kerb weight, while its drag coefficient will drop from 0.44 to 0.40.

Hennessey says the F5’s power gains, similar weight and improved aero should help it eclipse the GT’s existing acceleration records, which stand at 13.63 seconds from 0-300km/h and 14.51 seconds from 0-200mph (0-322km/h).

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Aiding acceleration further is the introduction of a single-clutch paddle-shift automatic transmission that promises faster shift times than a conventional H-pattern manual (which Hennessey says will still be offered for purists).

The F5 will also gain a GPS-based stability and traction control system designed to help channel its immense power to the road and increase safety on road and track.

The Hennessey Venom F5 – it takes its name from the strongest category of tornado – will be unveiled in 2015, with deliveries to customers in late 2016.

Hennessey says at least 30 F5s will be available around the world at a price above the US$1.2 million ($1.3 million) sticker attached to the GT.




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