Texas-based supercar guru John Hennessey announced Tuesday he intends to build the world’s most expensive electric vehicle, priced from $3 million.
The new vehicle is part of Hennessey’s 10-year product plan that will see the launch of three all-new models, with the initial vehicle, codenamed “Project Deep Space,” slated to be a six-wheel-drive, fully electric, 2,400-horsepower Hyper-GT sports car. Up to 105 will be built, with production slated to begin in 2026.
“Hennessey has spent more than 30 years building some of the fastest and most exciting vehicles in the world,” said company CEO & founder John Hennessey in a statement. “We believe that ‘Deep Space,’ with six electric motors combined with six driven wheels, could be the world’s quickest accelerating four-seater from zero to 200 mph.”
Outrageous, but will it see the light of day?
Even by startup standards, this vehicle is fairly pie-in-the-sky at this point, with the company releasing sketches of the proposed vehicle. They reveal a cabin with a diamond seating setup.
The driver is positioned front and center with two passengers to the side and slightly behind from the driver. The fourth passenger, sits directly behind the driver. Between the vehicle’s six wheels and its unusual seating arrangement, the vehicle does recall the earliest experiments in the early days of the auto industry.
Other parts of the design are about what you’d expect, as it uses an ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber chassis and body panels, and the dramatic, if expected, gullwing doors.
First things first
But before that happens, Hennessey has another vehicle to bring to market.
The company currently builds the Venom F5, a rear-wheel-drive hypercar that delivers 1,817 horsepower and weighs 2,998 pounds.
The rear-mid-mounted 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine produces an outrageous 1,298 horsepower per ton — the most of any street car. The car employs a carbon fiber chassis and double wishbone independent suspension.
Far from a new idea
The thought of using six wheels not four is far from new.
Most recently, it was proposed by Mercedes-Benz, which built a Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6X6 show car in 2013. But the company ended up producing about 100 of them, built between 2013 and 2015 by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria at a price of $492,125.
Yet the idea stretches back even farther than that, to the 1919 Paris Motor Show, where luxury Spanish Hispano Suiza revealed the six-wheeled H6A, ordered by the King of Greece.
When the King abdicated, it was bought by movie director D. W. Griffith for $35,000, later appearing in the 1933 film “My Lips Betray”. The car is currently housed at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado.