Around this time last year, Bugatti and Koenigsegg got a wake-up call after Hennessy showcased the Venom F5 hypercar at the 2017 SEMA auto show. The rather beautiful car was slated to have a staggering 1,600 horsepower that would lunge the car to a top speed of 484kph!

However, in the latest development of the project, Hennessy confirmed that it has hired veteran GM engineer John Heinricy to lead the development of the hypercar.

The 71-year-old veteran engineer concluded his duties at General Motors in 2008 after serving the company for nearly 40 years. Ahead of his retirement from GM, Heinricy headed the company’s Performance Division where he was responsible for the company’s some of the crucial models like the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and Cadillac CTS-V.

Hennessy Venom

The 71-year-old veteran engineer concluded his duties at General Motors in 2008 after serving the company for nearly 40 years after joining in 1970

Cherry to the cake, Heinricy is also an avid racing driver. He counts numerous SCCA Runoffs road-racing victories to his credit, many achieved in the tough T1 class. Apart from that, Heinricy holds the achievement of the first sub-8:00 Nürburgring lap time for a production sedan at 7:59.32, claimed with the aid of the second-generation Cadillac CTS-V.

In the past, Heinricy has helped Hennessy with testing of several cars and has already been a serving consulting role on the Venom F5 project and its Venom GT predecessor. Currently, Heinricy has been appointed as a full-time member of the Hennessy team, focussing on development, testing and production of the Venom F5.

Hennessy Venom

The Venom F5 turned heads with is bespoke 7.6-litre twin-turbocharged V-8, capable of delivering a staggering 1,600-plus horsepower and 1762Nm of torque

“We are absolutely thrilled to have John Heinricy leading our engineering team on our Venom F5 program,” Hennessey CEO and founder John Hennessey said in a statement. “His experience as an automotive engineer/OEM executive and racer/test driver make him uniquely qualified to be our chief engineer and to ultimately break the 300 mph barrier.”

The Venom F5 turned heads with is bespoke 7.6-litre twin-turbocharged V-8, capable of delivering a staggering 1,600-plus horsepower and 1762Nm of torque. Only 24 models will exit the production ramp and will carry a price tag of $1.6 million.

While the F5 dials every attribute up, the similarly potent Venom GT is built on a completely new chassis and carbon fibre body to achieve a 1338kg kerb weight. The current coefficient of drag of the car stands at 0.33 compared to the 0.40 that Hennessy had in mind.