Texas-based Hennessey will blow up the Venom F5 to provide unlimited headroom for the Roadster version. To be present at The Quail, a roofless hypercar will serve as a replacement for the Venom GT Spyder. Just like its predecessor, it will have a removable top, allowing owners to remove the panel and enjoy the weather while hearing more about the sweet-sounding V8.
As well as publishing images for live streaming, Hennessey confirmed the Venom F5 Roadster will inherit the 6.6-liter twin-turbo “Fury” engine from the coupe. American tuners claim it will be the most powerful roadster of all packing an astonishing 1,817 hp. It should have the same massive 1,193 pound-feet (1,617 Newton-meters) of torque that comes from an engine loosely based on the LS V8.
It’s likely that the gearboxes will be identical too, meaning a seven-speed, single-clutch semi-automatic with paddle shifters will direct the massive output to the rear wheels only. We’re curious to know how much it weighs compared to the coupe, which weighs just 1,360 kilograms (2,998 pounds). One of the reasons it’s so light has to do with its glaring omission because the Venom F5 has no airbags.
Hennessy only made 24 Venom coupes and these have long been sold out. We expect the Roadster to be exclusive as well and wouldn’t be too surprised if it cost more than a $2.1 million coupe.
Sooner or later, we can only imagine the Spyder will try to surpass the 265.6 mph (427.4 km/h) that the Venom GT Spyder hit in March 2016 when it beat the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse by 11 mph. However, the first task was to destroy the 300 mph barrier with the coupe. Ideally, that would be the average speed of two runs in opposite directions instead of just one, as was the case with the Chiron Super Sport 300+ 304-mph.