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Hennessey Chops the Roof of Venom F5 to Create a $3 Million Roadster

Hennessey Chops the Roof of Venom F5 to Create a $3 Million Roadster

Hennessey Special Vehicles has removed the roof from its Venom F5 hypercar – and added $900k to the price – to create the $3 million Venom F5 Roadster, a vehicle it claims is the fastest convertible in the world.

The Texas-based company says the Roadster closely matches the tech specs of the Coupe it unveiled last year, including its 1,817-hp 6.6-liter twin-turbo “Fury” V8, along with a top speed of 483 km/h. you. ) top speed. However, that is with the one-piece roof panel in place. Hennessey admits the Roadster’s performance takes an unspecified hit with the interior open to the elements.

A small 45kg weight penalty over the Coupe will likely also affect the Roadster’s 3,153lbs (1,430kg) acceleration figures (which Hennessey won’t mention), though the Coupe can sprint from zero to 249mph (400mph). . km/h) in 15.5 seconds on the way to the top of 311+mph (500 km/h), it’s safe to assume the Roadster will feel shockingly fast, even if it’s a tad less urgent.

We’ll have to wait until 2023 at the earliest to know for sure how close the Venom Roadster gets to 300 mph with the roof off, and how much faster it goes than the older Venom GT Spyder, which hits 265.57 mph (427.4 km). /h) at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California in 2016 to set a new speed record for open-top cars.

Related: Hennessey Venom F5 Debuts With 1,817 Horsepower And Targeted Top Speed ​​Of 311+ MPH

Hennessey says it will attempt a record when “production rate levels off”, and given that the company won’t start production until late 2022, and is also likely to attempt the F5 Coupé’s record attempt first, we may have to wait a while while you watch. verifiable V-max numbers.

Like the Venom F5 Coupé, the Roadster is built around a custom carbon fiber chassis that Hennessey said required few modifications as a convertible version was part of the original design brief. The roof, like the other body panels, is made of carbon fiber and is held in place by four quick-release bolts and a pair of latches designed to withstand extreme speeds.

It is clad in Alcantara and weighs only 8 kg, so can be removed by one person, although that is something you will want to do at home. There’s nowhere in the car to store the roof if you decide to take it off if you enjoy a beating in the middle of nowhere, but it comes with a merino wool storage bag and custom display base for your garage (or living room).

Related: Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Beats Bugatti to Become the World’s Fastest Convertible

Another Roadster-specific feature is a tempered glass window that replaces the louvered hood on the Coupé and gives a much clearer view of the V8 nestled beneath it. Loosely based on GM’s LS pushrod V8 series, the twin-turbo engine generates a massive 1,193 lb-ft (1,617 Nm) of torque, which it directs to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automated single-clutch manual transmission.

To prevent the engine from frying, now that the Coupe’s hood louvers have been lost, the Roadster’s rear panel features a series of milled holes in the carbon skin to allow heat to escape, plus four aluminum-framed vents. on either side of the window that should mimic the vents behind the front wheels.

Those wheels are also unique to the Roadster. Measuring 19 inches at the nose and 20 inches at the rear, they are made from forged aluminum, have a 14-spoke design in which each pair of adjacent spokes resembles an “H” for “Hennessey”, and are finished with both the name from the automaker as the word “Roadster” milled into opposite sides of the outer surface of the rim. But if that doesn’t sound exotic enough, you can upgrade to a set of high-polished aluminum alternatives — highly polished Hennessey claims it takes weeks to complete by hand.

Find yourself lucky enough to get the chance to try on the F5 custom and you’ll find yourself in carbon bucket seats upholstered in sausage-shaped chunks of leather-wrapped foam and faced with a U-shaped handlebar that looks like it was designed for a Peleton exercise bike. And between that and the windshield you’ll find a large rectangular digital instrument panel. Hennessey says Roadster buyers, like Coupé owners, can opt for any color combination for the interior and exterior, or choose to leave the F5’s carbon chassis and body panels bare.

Hennessey claims that all 24 build slots for the Venom Coupe sold out shortly after its launch last year, despite the car costing $2.1 million, and one wonders if he would like to charge more brought. If so, it’s doing its best to make it right this time. Hennessey has pushed up the price for the Roadster version to $3 million (even the Federal Reserve doesn’t think inflation is that bad) and thinks it will sell 30 cars.

“The Roadster version takes the speed, excitement and awe of the Coupé, plus a dash of respect-inspiring fear, to a new, truly entrenched level that brings owners closer to the extreme performance of the Venom F5,” said John Hennessey, Founder of the company, and DIRECTOR. “Our 1,817 horsepower ‘Fury’ engine screams behind the exposed cockpit, with its roar unobstructed by a roof – it’s an unparalleled automotive experience.”

What do you think of the Venom F5 Roadster, and how much faster than the old Venom GT Spyder do you think it will go without the roof in place?

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