In December 2021, Hennessey made headlines with the announcement of the Project Deep Space, a fully electric grand tourer with six wheels, four seats, and over 2,000 hp of power. Now, John Hennessey is giving more details about the vehicle that will go into production in 2026.
The CEO of Hennessey Performance talked to Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, revealing they have a targeted range of 620 miles (1,000 km) for the Deep Space EV thanks to large batteries. Weight is not an issue for the unconventional vehicle that will be more than 20 feet (6 m) long, with a low-slung silhouette and a stretched wheelbase.
More specifically, John Hennessey said: “The biggest challenge in my mind for about 10 years before I would let myself think about electrification was the weight. In terms of a proper sports or hypercar, it can’t weigh 5,000 pounds (2,267 kg). I kept waiting for battery technology and lighter batteries to come along, but we are not there yet. Two-and-a-half years ago, I thought – what if weight isn’t an issue for our first shot at electrification? What if it’s not a hypercar? What if it’s not a sports car?”
Still, Hennessey wants the Deep Space to be the fastest accelerating production model from 0-200 mph (0-322 km/h), thanks to the immense power output from six electric motors (one for every wheel). The CEO of Hennessey didn’t reveal specific numbers but said that each motor has a potential of 400 hp, with the combined output exceeding the 2,000 hp mark, reaching up to 2,400 hp if we do the math. Partners that contribute to the development of the EV powetrrain include Penzoil and Delta.
A full-size prototype of the six-wheeler with a full interior will debut within the next two years, closely previewing the final production model that will arrive in 2026. Hennessey said that they aim for less than a 5 percent change in the design from concept to production, and that they have already finished 90 percent of the interior.
The cabin will be focused on luxury and comfort, coming with four seats in a diamond configuration as described by Hennessey: “It’s not like the T.50 or a McLaren F1. It’s a properly luxurious car when you can completely stretch your legs out if you’re in the passenger seat,” adding that “The rear seat is basically a seat that you would have in a Gulfstream jet, with pure luxury”.
The company wants to produce 105 units of the Deep Space, and has already sold the first one to a Venom F5 owner. The EV will be priced at $3 million, making it more expensive than most exotics currently on sale. Still, the Hennessey Deep Space is not considered to be a rival to the Lotus Evija, the Pininfarina Batista or the Rimac Nevera EV hypercars, with John Hennessey calling it “the modern equivalent of something like a Bugatti Royale“.