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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

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 IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

Porsche

Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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