July 21, 2024

Hennessey Test Driver Survives 250 MPH Venom F5 Crash on NASA Runway

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They say luck favors the daring, but a brave Hennessey test driver must’ve had more than just good luck on July 1 when the Venom F5 prototype they were driving lost downforce at 250 mph and crashed. Fortunately, the driver was able to walk away unharmed.

According to a statement released by company founder John Hennessey on Instagram, the team was testing a new aerodynamic setup for the 1,817-horsepower Venom F5 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida when the incident occurred. The reason for the loss of downforce has not been identified yet, but the team is analyzing the aerodynamic data to determine what caused this dramatic failure. Hennessey stated,

“I am very thankful to our team of engineers and technicians who have designed and built an incredibly resilient vehicle. We are also very appreciative of the first responders and staff at KSC for their prompt response to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Current Hennessey Venom F5 owners need not be concerned about the same scenario happening to them the next time they exceed the 250-mph mark, as this was a new experimental aerodynamic setup on a prototype vehicle. You should still be able to reach the Hennessey-claimed 300-plus-mph top speed without any issues, although that figure has yet to be achieved in reality.

The Kennedy Space Center has been the location for many manufacturer’s high-speed runs due to its 2.81-mile-long runway with paved overruns at each end. Bugatti even organized an event last May for owners to experience speeds of 250 mph in their own Chirons at the Kennedy Space Center.

Hennessey has not provided any images or videos of the incident or its aftermath, so the extent of the accident and damage remains unknown. However, surviving a 250-mph crash is a rare feat. The supercar powerhouse is determined to continue creating incredibly fast cars— Hennessey quoted John F. Kennedy saying, “We don’t do these things because they are easy. We do them because they are hard.”


Q: Was anyone injured in the crash?

A: Fortunately, the driver was able to walk away without any injuries.


The incident involving the Hennessey Venom F5 prototype losing downforce at 250 mph serves as a reminder of the risks involved in high-speed testing. Despite the crash, the team at Hennessey remains committed to pushing the boundaries of performance and safety in the automotive industry.

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