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At a planned 290 MPH, Hennessy’s Venom F5 will make hurricanes and Veyrons cower

On the Fujita tornado-rating scale, an F5 twister is said to have wind speeds exceeding 261 mph. These devastating cyclones can destroy nearly everything in their path and strike fear into civilians and storm-chasers alike.

Puny tornado.

Hennessey has just announced its latest world-beating hypercar: the earth-shaking, 1,400-horsepower Venom F5.

The F5 could reach speeds of 290 mph or more, according to Top Gear, and they have a pretty good source for that information: John Hennessey himself.

Hennessey Venom F5

“With the F5, we definitely want to validate its top speed potential,”said Hennessey. “We’ll probably go to Bonneville.”

The current landspeed production record was set by Hennessey’s last Venom variation, the Venom GT. Its 270.49 mph achievement unofficially overtook the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s record of 269.86 mph earlier this year (the run was only made in one direction), and with the F5, the Texas-based tuner is pushing the envelope yet again.

To do so, Hennessey fitted a twin-turbo, 7.0-liter V8 onto 2900-or-less pound carbon fiber chassis, and it has more aerodynamics than a falcon’s wings. It should be a good for a drag coefficient of less than 4.0, allowing it to slip through the air faster than any car before.

“It’ll have more than enough downforce,” said a confident Hennessey.

Hennessey Venom F5

The front end of the F5 a bit Corvette Stingray and a dash Koenigsegg Agera, two cars known for having a bit of brawn to them. If Hennessey’s claims prove to be accurate (and we really don’t have a reason to doubt him at this point), the F5 should leave the Bugatti and just about everything else behind in the dust. Or this case, the salt.

It may want to keep its eye on the rearview, though; the successor to the Veyron could be hot on its tail. Rumored to be a 1,500-hp hybrid, the Veyron follow up should be an absolute killer in a straight line, however the Bugatti’s muscles will probably mean a higher curb weight than the Venom.

The Venom F5 will arrive next year in a limited production run of 30 or so cars. Prices are still unconfirmed, but with the added oomph, the F5 should run a little steeper than the $1,200,000 Venom GT.