Featuring 10-gallon hats from Texas and award-winning Brut Reserve wines from Hampshire, the launch event celebrating the partnership between H.R. Owen and Hennessey was an evening like no other. As the sole UK retailer for these exclusive all-American hypercars, H.R. Owen was delighted to welcome John Hennessey himself to the new Hatfield flagship showroom to pull the silk cover from a stunning yellow Venom F5 Roadster.
Also introducing the select group of guests to the car were Hennessey Director of Design Nathan Malinick, Hennessey test pilot and professional racing driver Alex Brundle, and H.R. Owen Chief Executive Ken Choo.
With a mid-mounted, 1,817bhp, 6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 powering the rear wheels, the Venom F5 Roadster delivers visceral performance like no other. With the carbon fibre composite roof panel removed, the sense of speed is elevated still further, and even more of the intoxicating engine note reverberates around the cabin as this extraordinary powerplant reaches its 8,000rpm redline. Capable of a truly astonishing 311mph, the Venom F5 Roadster is a hypercar in a class of its own. It will also be an extremely rare sight on the roads, as only 30 will ever be built – each one tailor-made to its owner’s exact specification.
The tempered glass panel above the engine can withstand temperatures in excess of 540 degrees Celsius and was developed with technology used in aerospace engineering. So it is quite fitting that the Roadster’s launch party took place at H.R. Owen Hatfield as this is located on the site of the former de Havilland factory, which produced the 1934 England-Australia air race-winning Comet, and the legendary Mosquito – the fastest fighter bomber of World War II. Covering 110,000 square feet, Hatfield is a new, multi-marque, flagship retailer comprising five showrooms and three aftersales facilities.