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Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar tests at Eaker Air Force Base ahead of Amelia Island debut

The Hennessey Venom F5 was recently tested at the former Eaker Air Force Base.

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The Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar topped 200 mph while tested at the decommissioned Eaker Air Force Base in Arkansas earlier this year. The testing day in the former Toothpick State market the end of the first stage of the car's development. Two additional stages are to be completed before the car is ready for customers.
Initial aerodynamic, speed, and driving dynamics testing for the Venom F5 took place at Hennessey's own track in Sealy, Texas, which is located due West of Houston. Then, Hennessey's engineering team took the car to the 2.2-mile runway at the former airbase.
Ahead of the Arkansas test, Hennessey restricted the engine to just 900 horsepower (half of its available output (1,817 horsepower)). With that power, the F5 topped 200 mph as part of its mid-speed refinement and coast-down program.

Hennessey Venom F5

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"For more than 40 years I've been developing high-performance vehicles, yet nothing compares to the Venom F5," said John Heinricy, Chief Engineer at Hennessey Performance. "We're making excellent headway in our mission to deliver a world-class hypercar to our customers that handles superbly, while managing its phenomenal power and speed with finesse.

"Every part of our development program is focused on making the Venom F5 the best it can be before customer deliveries start towards the end of this year. Our next phase is the most intense, concentrating on the car's driving characteristics. We'll split our testing between racetracks and Texas roads as we harvest data, refine every element and perfect this monster of hypercars."

The second phase of the F5's development will work on the car's agility, poise, and driver feedback using dynamic track and road driving. Hundreds of miles of driving are set to be undertaken to perfect these aspects of the vehicle's performance at venues including Laguna Seca and Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

While testing at COTA, Hennessey's engineers intended to unleash the power of the car's 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which they've nicknamed 'Fury'.

The final testing phase will occur in the autumn and will work to refine the car's full-power acceleration, high-speed stability, and braking. Hennessey has its sights set on a top speed surpassing 311 mph.

The Hennessey Venom F5 global public debut is set for the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in May.

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The Ferrari 812 Competizione comes in two varieties.

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A new variant of the Ferrari 812 Superfast has been revealed. The Ferrari 812 Competizione models are a limited edition series of vehicles in two variants, coupe and targa, known as the Ferrari 812 Competizione and the Ferrari 812 Competizione A.

Both models sport a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that achieves 818 horsepower. The power plant is, on the surface, the same that is in the Ferrari 812 Superfast but engineers have tinkered with the fresh version to optimize fluid dynamics of the intake system and combustion, reducing internal friction.

Ferrari has paired the engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that the automaker says delivers a new type of shifting feeling. The setup retains the same gear ratios as the 812 Superfast but has more rpm range. The engine can rev to 9,500 rpm and a progressive growling comes spewing out of the car's exhaust system, which comes complete with a gasoline particulate filter that ensures the car meets modern emissions standards.

Ferrari 812 Competizione & Ferrari 812 Competizione A

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A single front air intake works to keep things cool up front marking the first time such an adaptation has occurred on a V12-powered Ferrari. The cooling circuit has also been improved making it 10 percent more efficient and the oil tank has been redesigned to allow for extra flow.

Engineers have given the new Ferraris added braking power. That includes a redesigned version of the caliper that was first used on the SF90 Stradale and other modifications. These changes allowed Ferrari to redesign the car's front underbody freeing up space around the lower front wishbone suspension and extending the area that could be used to generate downforce. The car has a passive mobile aero system.

The backside of the new variants has a unique design with a fresh exhaust layout, diffuser geometry, spoiler volume, patented rear screen, and bumper design. The rear diffuser now extends across the full width of the car and redesigned silencers and tailpipes that are integrated into a single pipe.

Four-wheel steering and independent rear-wheel steering features a new electronic management system. Refinements have been made to the car's response system to deliver a more connected drive experience. It features a new iteration of Ferrari's Side Slip Control system and rides on new Michelin Cup2R tires.

Weight savings abounds throughout the car and though much of it isn't apparent to the untrained eye, it helps the performance of the car. This includes the dashboard and door panels. The door panel pocket juts out from the main structure almost as if it were a floating element.

The 812 Competizione A features a number of modifications that differentiate it from the 812 Competizione including the implementation of a flying buttress design that helps the car's center of gravity to appear lower that the coupe's. When the targa top is stowed, the roll bars jut out becoming a secondary visual element.

Each of the cars comes standard with Ferrari's extended seven-year maintenance program.

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An Infiniti Q60 drifts at Yokohama Harbor.

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A new film showcases the drifting capabilities of a heavily modified Infiniti Q60. The coupe currently competes in the domestic top-tier drift championship in Japan even though the sports coupe is not sold there.

Before reaching the docks in Japan, the car was heavily modified having started its journey in America. The car was built to show off renowned restoration specialist Tatsuhiro Shibata's passion for the Infiniti brand.

The video features Shibata and his driver, Koudai Sobagiri putting the The hand-built model to the test and showing off near Infiniti's world headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. The closed course near Yokohama Harbor served as the set.

"In my eyes, the Q60 was the best looking of (the Infiniti lineup), but they didn't sell any in Japan. So we had to go to the U.S. to find one," Shibata says. "It's simple; I just wanted a good-looking racing car."

Tatsuhiro Shibata's Infiniti Q60

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This isn't the first time that Shibata has imported an Infiniti to Japan. His passion has led him to do so for the last decade. Shibata is not directly affiliated with Infiniti.

Following the film, Infiniti plans to release an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film and the Shibata Infiniti Q60. An exclusive story about Shibata's workshop, Sobagiri's path to drifting, and more will be released along with the behind-the-scenes film.

1,000HP INFINITI Q60: Drifting at the Docks www.youtube.com

The release of the film comes as Infiniti is playing catch up with much of their business plans. Amid falling sales and the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for two new models to be introduced had to be push to 2021 including the 2022 Infiniti QX55 and the forthcoming redesigned QX60.

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