It's no secret that John Hennessey likes to drive fast. There are many cars to choose from to achieve this, yet none of them seem to fit the bill. So Hennessey turns to his HPE Design team to create truly wicked versions of already fairly wicked machines.
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Case in point is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The C7 'Vette is a great leap forward both in regards to the interior refinement and performance capabilities when compared to the C6 version that it replaces. The C6 was pretty good, but the C7 is wonderful.
Now, in Hennessey's hands, it's wonderfully crazy.
His crew turns the car into the HPE650, which gets a supercharger and a few other goodies to help it produce and utilize more power. The car now makes 650 horsepower, which translates to 532 horsepower at the rear wheels. Additionally, this kit makes nearly 540 pound-feet of torque at the wheels. If you have trouble with numbers, that equates to a rating of a metric butt-load of power to the wheels, especially in a car that weighs as much as the new Corvette. Note, Hennessey also has packages for the Corvette delivering upwards of 1,000 horsepower.
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The video is fairly simple, but sometimes simple is best. First we're treated to a dyno run, and then Hennessey takes the car out to his own drag strip. We say his own because it's literally part of the Hennessey facility in Texas. We weren't kidding when we said John likes to drive fast...