Hennessey Names New VP of Engineering

Hennessey Names New VP of Engineering | THE SHOPHennessey Special Vehicles has named Brian Jones as its new vice president of Engineering, the company announced.

In his new position, Jones will oversee all engineering and development for Hennessey Special Vehicles and Hennessey Performance Engineering, reporting directly to John Hennessey, company founder and CEO.

Before joining Hennessey Performance, Jones served as chief engineer of Vehicle Development and Integration at Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations (MSVO), where he led engineering on the Ford GT and, most recently, Mercedes-AMG ONE, the company said, and will apply his experience and expertise to advance powertrain development, integration, testing, regulatory certification, and manufacturing of the Hennessey Venom F5 hypercar.

“The appointment of Brian Jones as Hennessey’s VP of Engineering emphasizes our commitment to growing an expert team focused on building world-class cars, trucks, and hypercars,” said Hennessey. “Brian is a leader who brings the group decades of automotive engineering experience with ultra-high-performance vehicles. I couldn’t be more pleased to have him join our team, as he will help us raise the bar across all of Hennessey’s products.”

Before working at Multimatic, Jones was a general manager at AeroDyn Wind Tunnel, a lead engineer at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and a vehicle dynamics specialist at General Motors Corporation.

At Hennessey, Jones will work with Venom F5 Chief Engineer John ‘Heinrocket’ Heinricy and the team of engineers who develop, test, and build the car, the company said. His role also involves overseeing the development of high-performance cars, trucks, and SUVs for Hennessey Performance Engineering.

“I’m excited to join Hennessey and lead both the hypercar and high-performance vehicles engineering teams – it’s an exciting time to work with a company so experienced with extreme combustion-powered vehicles,” said Jones. “Hennessey Special Vehicles is gearing up to set world records with the Venom F5, while Hennessey Performance Engineering is developing new high-performance versions of the Ford Mustang and Cadillac CT5-V.”

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