Despite hailing from Texas, the Hennessey F5 Revolution is all about reduced mass, better aero and improved handling rather than more horsepower.
Indeed the F5 Revolution’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre pushrod V8 engine is shared with the more sedate F5 Venom, and is rated at 1355kW at 8000rpm and 1617Nm.
As with other F5 models, the twin-turbo V8 is connected to the rear wheels via a seven-speed semi-automated transmission.
There is, however, a new centrally-mounted scoop on the roof to deliver fresh, cool air to the engine bay and reduce component temperatures in there.
Under the guidance of John Heinricy, who previously oversaw the development of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V, the team developed a new aerodynamics package for the Revolution.
The most obvious component is the large, manually adjustable carbon-fibre rear wing with end plates dressed up with the American flag. The rear wing alone is said to generate 3860 Newtons of downforce at 300km/h, and almost 6230 Newtons at 400km/h.
There’s also a new splitter and dive planes at the front, and an extended diffuser at the rear.
A new set of forged alloy wheels is claimed to enlarge the tyre’s contact patch to improve grip, while carbon-ceramic brakes with multi-piston calipers are standard for improved braking performance.
Hennessey says the Revolution’s weight is under 1360kg (or 3000 pounds in the old money), but we aren’t sure how much mass has been stripped out as the standard F5 Venom coupe is said to tip the scales at 1360kg.
The double-wishbone suspension has been retuned, and is fitted with dampers that can be easily adjusted at the track. To help drivers improve their performance there’s a digital telemetry system that measures lap times, cornering g-forces, splits and more. It provides both real-time feedback, as well as saved data for later analysis.
Although the F5 Revolution is a track-focussed model, it is a street-legal vehicle.
Pricing for the F5 Revolution begins at US$2.7 million ($3.9 million), and the production run is limited to 24 cars. The company says a number of Revolutions have already been pre-sold to “passionate hypercar fans”, and preference will be given to existing F5 Venom owners.