American Hennessey has created an open version of the Venom F5 super sports car, which even includes a piece of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
The Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster is powered by the same 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V8 with 1,842 horsepower known as the Fury as fixed roof brotherSo, the American automaker’s claim that this is the fastest and most powerful convertible in the world seems plausible. It is said to be capable of more than 300 mph, or 483 km/h with the roof closed. But this has not yet been measured due to the lack of suitable track and tyres. With the roof open, electronics limit the maximum speed that can be reached, but they didn’t say how much.
By the way, the Hennessey held the title of the fastest convertible in the world for 12 years, because her previous open car, Venom GT Spider According to the approved measurement, its speed reached 427 km / h. The former super sports car built almost entirely on Lotus bases. It was 600 hp less than the Venom F5 Roadster and only 190 kg lighter, so there’s a really good chance its record will soon be a thing of the past.
The Venom F5 Roadster isn’t much different from the coupe except for the 8kg carbon fiber roof element, which is a work of art in itself, and the window installed between the passenger compartment and the engine. Its weight increased by 20 kilograms (to 1,405 kilograms) because the lack of a roof structure had to be compensated for by some lower supporting elements. There was no need to significantly strengthen the body, because the carbon fiber frame already provides sufficient rigidity.
They did not disclose the time required to accelerate from 0-100 km / h, but because of the lower weight difference It couldn’t be much worse than the coupe’s 2.6 seconds of time. By the way, based on the weight-to-horsepower ratio of the Venom F5, this time could be better if all four wheels were driven. However, with rear-wheel drive and street-friendly tires, this is probably the most achievable.
“I wanted to build the F5 Roadster because I felt that the deep feeling of hearing the Rage unleash all the 1,842 horses behind your ears while the wind howls and your senses really being overburdened is something I personally enjoy and know some of the customers do as well,” John Hennessy told Autocar.
“I wanted a ceiling that wouldn’t just lean against the wall in the garage when not in use, but something like a sculpture that would look good in a client’s art gallery or living room. It really is a beautiful piece of art. These little details are very important to our clients.”
The car has many surprises, so called there are also Easter eggs, such as the reverse naca ducts built into the taillights to direct hot air away from the engine, and F-shaped keychains, which contain a piece of the space shuttle Endeavor, that have left Earth 25 times in total, the last time being in 2011.
“We didn’t plan to build these things in the car; we just wanted to build the fastest convertible,” Hennessy said. “However, Covid has slowed supply chains, giving our designers more time to come up with these little surprises.”
Only 30 units of the Venom F5 Roadster will be produced, each of which will sell for $3 million (1.21 billion forints), which is $900,000 more than the coupe (363 million forints). Despite the fact that the car cannot be called completely cheap, all 30 examples found owners before the presentation and planned production in the fall.
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