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Hennessey HPE700 Whips Stock McLaren 12C In Instagram Drag Race


Instagram isn't the first place most people look for fast cars, but Hennessey Performance brings speed wherever it goes. The Texas tuner decided to offer a demonstration of the benefits of its modification package for the McLaren MP4-12C. As the caption for its drag-race video says, only one of the two 12Cs has 704 horsepower.

The Hennessey HPE700 is a McLaren on steroids. The 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 produces the aforementioned 704 hp (plus 538 pound-feet of torque), thanks to new engine management software, an upgraded intercooler, and high-flow air filter and exhaust systems.

In addition to slaying a stock 12C in a drag race, the HPE700 will do 0-60 mph in a P1-rivaling 2.8 seconds and cover a quarter mile in 10.3 seconds, with a trap speed of 137 mph.

So a race between an HPE700 and a stock 12C isn't much of a contest but what about lining one up against Hennessey's HPE700 Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 Italia? The Hennessey 458 has 738 hp, and 532 lb-ft. It also does 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and rolls through the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 137 mph. That would be quite a race.

Souped-up supercars are all in a day's work for a shop that, among other things, recently deployed at Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on a stretch of open highway, reaching a top speed of 203.9 mph.

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