Building on the success of its 270.49 mph Venom GT, Hennessey has announced its intention to build a 290 mph supercar it will call the Venom F5. Like the GT, the F5’s bones will come from the Lotus Elise. Meanwhile, we expect its heart to come from the Corvette, just like the GT, which relies upon a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 that pumps out 1,244 horsepower.
Autoblog reports that the new 1,400-plus horsepower F5 will use a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8, and we have reason to believe this engine is a bored and stroked LT1. Recently, Hennessey announced a 1,000 horsepower package for the C7 Corvette uses a twin-turbo 6.8-liter LT1 engine. With proper ECU tuning, more displacement, and a pair of larger turbos, we believe Hennessey can finesse 1,400 horsepower from the Corvette engine.
Hennessey will officially unveil the F5 next year and build “at least” 30 for customer delivery in 2016. It will cost more than the Venom GT, which currently sells for $1.2 million, and will offer a single-clutch automated manual transmission, though a traditional manual gearbox will be available as well.