The designer of the 1,817-hp Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar explains its design


While John Hennessey is the man behind every product from the eponymous car and tuning company, Nathan Malinick is responsible for much of the design that goes into it.

As the successor to the Hennessey Venom and the company’s first fully bespoke creation, the Venom F5 aims squarely at the top speed record for production cars. After this design breakdown, we have even more confidence in the car.

Starting at the front of the Venom F5, Malinick points to the Hennessey badge, which he says is aluminum and only 8 microns thick to reduce drag.

Switch to the headlights and it highlights the distinctive shape that mimics the letter F, in this case for the Fujita scale. This is the same one used to measure tornadoes.

Interestingly enough, an F5, the tornado, not the car, would be able to reach wind speeds of 318 miles per hour. Want to guess how fast the F5 car is supposed to be able to go? That’s right, 318 miles per hour.

Move to the side of the Venom F5 and Nathan walks us through the amazing aero bits that keep drag low and keep the engine well supplied with fresh air.

One design detail that most have missed so far is the inlets on each rear hip of the car that blend directly into the rear spoiler. Together they create a seamless line from one side of the car to the other.

The rear apron is also highlighted as the largest piece of carbon fiber in a production car today. Although it is divided by different colors, it is one solid piece.

The interior of the car is equally intense and detailed. There are no buttons on the dashboard and every switch a driver might need is on the steering wheel itself.

Every little detail is considered right down to the little Texas flags sewn into the seats. Out of 24 cars built in the first production cycle, all were sold.


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