If your goal is to steal the spotlight at a car event as big as SEMA, this is how you do it. The popular Las Vegas aftermarket show, which kicked off October 31st, has always been a hotbed for insane car creations. But the annual gathering has never seen anything quite like the new Hennessey Venom F5. And the car’s eye-popping look isn’t all that makes this beast drool-worthy. Behold the following photos and fun facts.
1. The Hennessey Venom F5, still in the development phase, will be powered by a twin turbo V8 engine that will put out a mind-blowing 1600 horsepower, making it more than three times powerful than, say, a Ford Mustang GT.
2. More than the typical supercar, the Hennessey Venom F5 is essentially a rocket ship on wheels, with a blazing top speed of 300 mph. Well, make that “301” mph. Hey, every bit counts when the goal is to be the fastest road car in the world.
3. The latest in a string of high-performance vehicles from Hennessey Performance, the Venom is actually quicker than some current Formula 1 race cars, capable of accelerating from 0 to 186 mph in less than 10 seconds.
4. Unlike most of the cars displayed at SEMA, the F5 was designed and built entirely from the ground up in partnership with Shell and Pennzoil.
5. One of the things that makes the F5 insanely fast is the car’s lean curb weight of 2,950 lbs. It’s lighter than a Ford Mustang GT thanks to its carbon-fiber body.
6. John Hennessey, the founder and CEO of Hennessey Performance, says one of the primary goals of the Venom F5 was to design and engineer an American supercar that would still be relevant 25 years from now.
7. Nope, the Hennessey Venom has absolutely no ties to the alcohol brand of the same name. Though, we imagine most of us would probably need a little liquor after taking a few hot laps in the beast, to help calm our nerves.
8. The Hennessey supercar’s name, Venom F5, is derived from the most powerful tornado speed winds based on the Fujita scale, which measures the intensity of the storms.
9. While the Venom might look like its was born out of the world of exotic supercars, it prides itself on its muscle car roots, touted as “America’s Hypercar.” Hennessey itself is based in Texas.
10. With a price tag of $1.6 million, you could actually buy 47 of those Mustangs we keep referencing for the price of one Venom F5. That puts an entirely different spin on the comparison.
11. The crazy thing is, even if you did have $1.6 million to burn, you still might not be able to buy the Venom F5, because they’re only making 24 models when it goes into production.
12. The F5 model pictured is draped in a color called “Shell Yellow,” but customers will be able to spec the car in whatever color they like. For the price tag, that seems only fair.