David Donohue Joins Tuner/Hypercar Maker in Texas.
Hennessey has made a noteworthy announcement, taking on acclaimed American racing champion David Donohue to spearhead their team. The Texas-based tuner and hypercar maker plans for the former champion to implement his skillset as test driver of its Venom F5 hypercar with an ultimate goal of attaining new world records.
The Donohue name is inextricably linked to velocity, stemming from the accomplishments of David’s father, celebrated motor-racing icon Mark Donohue. Over three decades, David has accumulated a wealth of laurels; his list of accolades includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the North American Touring Car Championship and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Donohue secured his most recent honour at the 2023 Pikes Peak meeting, reaching the top spot in the Time Attack 1 grouping via a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.
Donohue carries a lengthy background in examinative and innovative work, having taken part in the BMW M3 GT, M5 IMSA Supercar, Dodge Viper GTS-R, Porsche GT3 R Pikes Peak EVO, NASCAR trucks, and Daytona prototypes. In addition, his ten-year career as a confidential driving instructor and status as a customer relations leader for Porsche Cars North America should be firmly to his benefit.
At Hennessey, Donohue will collaborate tightknitly with VP of Engineering Brian Jones and Chief Engineer John ‘Heinrocket’ Heinricy whose counsel and advice will be inestimable in perfecting the Venom F5 as it seeks new recognition. Nonetheless, Hennessey didn’t disclose which record it intends to establish, but with the revelation made alongside the course-oriented Venom F5 Revolution, we trust it won’t only be straight-line tasks that Hennessey wishes to prevail over.
The Venom F5 is renowned for it’s remarkable 1,817 horsepower from it’s enormous 6.6 liter twin-turbo V8 powerhouse, still unfortunately with no luck as to breaking the 300 mph speed threshold this season. It looks like there’s an immense amount of work still to do.
“David’s racing career has been nothing short of remarkable,” remarked John Hennessey, founder and CEO of the company. “He has a long and successful history as a driver, as well as a wide range of experience in developing high-performance vehicles with several different teams and manufacturers. Now that we have already built more than 25 customer Venom F5 models, our team can turn its attention to setting speed records. To do this, we need someone with David’s level of expertise and experience – someone who can help us unlock the full potential of our hypercar.”
It appears that the likelihood of record attempts is looming, consequently stay alert in Texas in 2024.