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10 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 Project Vehicle Sketchbook Venom F5 John Hennessey of Hennessey Special Vehicles unveiled the much-anticipated Venom F5 in the Shell Pioneering Per- formance experience at the 2017 SEMA Show. The all-new hypercar is designed and built from the ground up to be the fastest road car on earth. Hennessey and team have developed a completely new design, chassis and carbon fiber body focused on aerody- namics to achieve the lowest possible drag. The new F5 design features active aero that will yield a coefficient of drag of just 0.33, according to the company. "We've designed F5 to be timeless so that in 25 years it will still have a level of performance and design that will be unmatched," said Hennessey, company founder and CEO. "The F5 is an all-new car, designed and built from the ground up, from the engine to the chassis. We expect the Venom F5, named for the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita scale, to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph and have worked closely with Pennzoil to get us across the finish line." The Hennessey team is developing an all-new, twin-turbo V-8 engine that will deliver more than 1,600 bhp. The Hen- nessey engine will be mated to a 7-speed, single-clutch, paddle-shift transmission. Zero to 249 mph and back to rest will be under 30 seconds. The base price for the Venom F5 is $1.6 million, and the company plans to build 24 road cars. 1972 AMC Javelin AMX Custom car builder Ringbrothers showcased its latest creation, the Pres- tone 1972 AMC Javelin AMX dubbed Defiant! In the Prestone booth at the 2017 SEMA Show. Jim and Mike Ring relied heavily on Solidworks digital design tools to render the car's new panels in order to finish the build in just 12 months. The Rings extended the Javelin's wheel- base by moving the wheels forward 6-1/2 inches. The car's distinctive wheel arches were moved forward and recreated in carbon fiber to pair with a new hood, front fenders, grille and front valance. Other custom details include taillights, bumpers, trim and engine bay acces- sories, all machined out of blocks of aluminum. Defiant! is powered by a Wegner Motorsports 6.2-liter Hemi Mopar Hellcat engine fitted with a Whipple 4.5-liter supercharger that produces 1,036 hp. A Bowler automatic trans- mission backs the high-powered engine and a sturdy QA1 carbon fiber driveshaft transfers power to the wheels. Royal Purple engine and transmission oil assures the high-powered motor will be kept running smoothly, while a new Dodge Hellcat radiator and fan assembly ensures perfect running temperatures when filled with Prestone antifreeze. Other engine highlights include a Holley Performance Products Domi- nator fuel management system and wiring harness from Painless Perfor- mance. The Javelin's growl is audible via custom stainless steel Flowmaster headers and exhaust. The newly extended wheelbase is sup- ported by a Detroit Speed Hydroformed front subframe originally engineered for a Camaro. The Rings installed Detroit Speed rack and pinion steering, as well as front sway bars and RideTech shocks for a smooth ride. The front suspension is complemented by a Chevy 12-bolt rear end fitted with a custom four-link suspension built by the Rings. Key interior features include a KICKER sound system, Classic Instruments gauges, Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum evap kit and custom seats by Upholstery Unlimited. The Javelin rolls on a set of HRE Wheels sized at 20x11 in the front and 20x13 in the rear, all wrapped in Michelin tires sized 285/30/20 up front and 335/30/20 out back. A set of 6-piston Baer brakes brings the car to a stop. It is coated in a rich BASF Glasurit color named Jalop Gold.

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