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Hennessey Venom F5 test run reached a speed of 437 km / h

Hennessey Venom F5 is one of the rare hypercar models trying to chase the 483 km/h milestone in the world.

The 300 mph (483 km/h) milestone, once broken by Bugatti, is the goal of some of the fastest supercars in the world at the moment, including the Hennessey Venom F5. The American-born hypercar is slowly hitting that goal, after hitting 200 mph (322 km/h) during aerodynamic testing in 2021 and 250 mph (402 km/h) h) in January of this year during high-speed testing. Recently, the machine without airbags has returned, and this time, it achieved a speed of 437.1 km / h.

The new high-speed run took place in February at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida, where the Hennessey Venom F5 took a test ride to make final tweaks to the steering, brakes, engine, and aerodynamics. In other words, the company’s goal is not to achieve higher speeds than in previous tests. However, it eventually achieved a top speed of 271.6 mph (437.1 km/h).

Fans shouldn’t expect another high-speed run anytime soon, though, as the company’s founder John Hennessey says their focus right now is on car production. If everything goes according to plan, more than 12 Venom F5s could be delivered to customers this year. Management at the Texas-based tuning company say high-speed testing is likely to continue into late 2022, and hopefully by then a powerful 1,817-hp V8 will enable the hypercar. reached the mark of 483 km/h.

Long sold out for $2.1 million each, the Venom F5 is limited to just 24 pieces and comes with a semi-automatic, single-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. The “beast” equipped with twin turbochargers has been advertised with a top speed of more than 500 km / h, but it will take a while to verify this. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time is said to take 2.6 seconds, however more impressive is the quoted 0-400 km/h time of just 15.5 seconds.

Hennessey is not the only company currently chasing the speed record as SSC North America also wants to hit the 300 mph mark with the Tuatara supercar. Hopefully Koenigsegg also wants to try the Jesko Absolut model. As for Bugatti, the French automaker is no longer interested in such speeds after hitting 304.77 mph with the unrestricted Chiron Super Sport 300+ prototype. That’s not the average speed of a two-way run to qualify for an official record, but it’s a very impressive feat nonetheless.

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