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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Drops Huge Assist For Dodge Challenger Demon Owners

The Dodge Challenger Demon is quick. Apparently, it’s so quick that the National Hot Rod Association actually banned it because it’s capable of hitting the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds, well below the 9.99-second threshold that the association allows without serious safety modifications. It’s a disappointing handcuff for Challenger Demon owners, but fortunately, John Hennessey has saved the day by telling Fiat Chrysler that Hennessey’s home track, Lonestar Motorsports Park, would accommodate the Challenger Demon without any restrictions to the car.

Hennessey made his offer clear to FCA’s head of passenger cars, Tim Kuniskis, in a letter addressing the issue with the NHRA. In the letter, Hennessey said that the Lonestar track would allow owners of the Challenger Demon to “run their vehicles down the quarter-mile drag strip without a roll cage and/or parachute. All Hennessey requires is that owners attend a one-day drag racing school to become familiar with car itself and the layout of the track. The noted tuner and car manufacturer’s offer is a lot more lenient than the NHRA, which requires owners of the 700-horsepower muscle car to equip their cars with safety equipment on top of getting an actual competition license before they can bring their Demons to any one of its quarter-mile drag strips.

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PostHeaderIcon The Hennessey Venom F5 Wants To Destroy The Bugatti Chiron

When a car company decides to name its hypercar after the most powerful class of tornado in the world, there’s a certain level of expectation that needs to be met. Fortunately, that company is Hennessey and it’s got big plans for its new creation, the Venom F5. We’ve all heard a lot about the Venom F5 and the company’s plan for the car to become the fastest and most powerful production car in the world. But now, John Hennessey and his boys are making it clear for all the world to hear: the Venom F5 is coming to eat the Bugatti Chiron.

Challenging the Chiron is a tall order in it of itself, but if there’s one company that’s proven to be up to the task of taking down the mighty Bugatti, it’s Hennessey. That sentiment doesn’t come with a tinge of hyperbole either because Hennessey has already done it in the past when the Venom F5’s predecessor, the Venom GT, broke the Veyron Super Sport’s production car top speed record when it clocked a top speed of 270.3 mph. Issues with its “production status” prevented the Venom GT from claiming the Veyron Super Sport’s record, but regardless of what the record books say, the supercar did break 270 mph. Now, Hennessey wants the Venom F5 to make the Chiron look like a bow-legged tortoise by comparison with a goal of approaching a top speed of around 300 mph. Say what you will about Hennessey’s ambitions, but it’s hard to dismiss it because the automaker has already proven so many people wrong with the Venom GT. Now that it’s the F5’s turn, look out, Bugatti.

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PostHeaderIcon When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

The massive hype and anticipation surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon reached a crescendo when the muscle car was officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For all intents and purposes, the Challenger SRT Demon lived up to the hype, that is if you thought its 840-horsepower met expectations. But some people, myself included, actually thought Dodge would’ve swung for the fences with a car that packed 1,000 horsepower. In that regard, the Demon was a bit of a letdown, that is until we heard news that American tuner extraordinaire Hennessey is making things right with a package for the muscle car that will turn the beast into the demonic 1,500-horsepower monster we thought it would be.

See, news of Hennessey’s intentions for the Demon shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know what the tuner is capable of. This is, after all, the same company that makes a routine of developing massive aftermarket kits for America’s biggest and baddest muscle cars. It’s got kits for different iterations of the Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, all of which peak at four-digit power outputs. It even has programs for models like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford F-150, and lest we forget, this is the same company that gave the world the Hennessey Venom GT, considered as the fastest production car in the world as long as you’re not talking to Bugatti.

So what sinister intentions does Hennessey have in store for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? A quick peek at the company’s website reveals a number of tuning programs for the muscle car that include power increases ranging from 1,000 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower. Other upgrades in store from the clinically insane tuner include new supercharger systems, new headers, parachutes(!), and an NHRA-legal roll cage for good measure.

Should Hennessey accomplish its intended goal for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s going to go a long way in firmly establishing the muscle car as the standard-bearer of its segment. Not that it is already, but c’mon, 1,500 horsepower is 1,500 horsepower.

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PostHeaderIcon When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

The massive hype and anticipation surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon reached a crescendo when the muscle car was officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For all intents and purposes, the Challenger SRT Demon lived up to the hype, that is if you thought its 840-horsepower met expectations. But some people, myself included, actually thought Dodge would’ve swung for the fences with a car that packed 1,000 horsepower. In that regard, the Demon was a bit of a letdown, that is until we heard news that American tuner extraordinaire Hennessey is making things right with a package for the muscle car that will turn the beast into the demonic 1,500-horsepower monster we thought it would be.

See, news of Hennessey’s intentions for the Demon shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know what the tuner is capable of. This is, after all, the same company that makes a routine of developing massive aftermarket kits for America’s biggest and baddest muscle cars. It’s got kits for different iterations of the Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, all of which peak at four-digit power outputs. It even has programs for models like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford F-150, and lest we forget, this is the same company that gave the world the Hennessey Venom GT, considered as the fastest production car in the world as long as you’re not talking to Bugatti.

So what sinister intentions does Hennessey have in store for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? A quick peek at the company’s website reveals a number of tuning programs for the muscle car that include power increases ranging from 1,000 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower. Other upgrades in store from the clinically insane tuner include new supercharger systems, new headers, parachutes(!), and an NHRA-legal roll cage for good measure.

Should Hennessey accomplish its intended goal for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s going to go a long way in firmly establishing the muscle car as the standard-bearer of its segment. Not that it is already, but c’mon, 1,500 horsepower is 1,500 horsepower.

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PostHeaderIcon Look Out Demons, The Exorcist is Coming!

Talk about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is dominating the interwebz these days thanks to Dodge’s long roll-out and weekly teasers. The ultra-high performance drag car is set to break records for a production car thanks to incredible engineering and pacifist corporate bean-counters. But the Demon may have met its match. The Texas performance house, Hennessey, just debuted a highly tuned 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 1,000 horsepower, drag slicks, and the most appropriate name ever crafted for a car. Meet The Exorcist!

That’s right, The Exorcist. Hennessey CEO and president John Hennessey says it will “leave the competition’s head spinning.” Clearly referencing pop culture, John is keenly aware what his Camaro is going up against. The Dodge Demon is rumored to have between 750 and 800 horsepower matched with 315-series, DOT-approved drag radial tires, an intercooler chilled by A/C refrigerant, Drag Mode, and several other never-before-seen performance parts on a production car.

Of course, the Hennessey Exorcist can’t claim its stock straight from General Motors. Quite the opposite, in fact, thanks to Hennessey’s installation of a larger supercharger and intercooler system, a more serious camshaft, long-tube headers, a high-flow air induction system, and a custom engine management calibration for the ECU.

Hennessey is claiming 1,000 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 966 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 from the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Testing by Hennessey shows the car hitting 60 mph in “under three seconds,” while the quarter-mile happens in “less than 10 seconds.” Official times have not been announced.

And while The Exorcist is not a factory option, Camaro customers can order the Hennessey upgrade through their local Chevy dealership. The parts and service come with a two-year/24,000-mile warranty. Customers can choose either the six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic version.

As for pricing, you’ll have to keep reading. Hennessey is offering several options, and we explain it all below.

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PostHeaderIcon Steven Tyler's Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Fetches A Tidy Sum Auction

Steven Tyler has finally found a buyer for his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. The front man of Aerosmith, who bought the first production Venom GT Spyder back in 2012, is now parting with his history-making supercar after the Venom GT Spyder fetched a cool $800,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scotsdale, Arizona over the weekend.

In addition to taking ownership of the 1,200-horsepower supercar, the winning bidder also gets a guitar signed by Tyler and his Aerosmith bandmates to go with a week’s vacation at the rock icon’s beach house in Maui. Not a bad deal, all things considered.

The guitar and the vacation are nice dressings, but the real highlight here is the Venom GT Spyder, which Tyler paid $1.1 million for back in 2012. It’s one of only five models that Hennessey built for the 2013 model year and it’s the very first convertible version of the American company’s supercar-slaying Venom GT supercar. Beyond the fact that it can spit out 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque, the Venom GT Spyder is capable of hitting 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 before peaking at an insane top speed of 270 mph. Record or not, that’s speed that’s going to make the new owner’s teeth melt.

All things considered, the $800,000 winning bid is going to a worthy cause as all proceeds from the auction of the Venom GT Spyder is going to Tyler’s own charity, Janie’s Fund, which helps support abused and neglected women. The final amount may not have approached the $1.1 million that Tyler was looking to get from the sale, but the amount is still significant enough to help out the beneficiaries of the auction.

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PostHeaderIcon Steven Tyler's Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Fetches A Load In Auction

Steven Tyler has finally found a buyer for his Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. The front man of Aerosmith, who bought the first production Venom GT Spyder back in 2012, is now parting with his history-making supercar after the Venom GT Spyder fetched a cool $800,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scotsdale, Arizona over the weekend.

In addition to taking ownership of the 1,200-horsepower supercar, the winning bidder also gets a guitar signed by Tyler and his Aerosmith bandmates to go with a week’s vacation at the rock icon’s beach house in Maui. Not a bad deal, all things considered.

The guitar and the vacation are nice dressings, but the real highlight here is the Venom GT Spyder, which Tyler paid $1.1 million for back in 2012. It’s one of only five models that Hennessey built for the 2013 model year and it’s the very first convertible version of the American company’s supercar-slaying Venom GT supercar. Beyond the fact that it can spit out 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque, the Venom GT Spyder is capable of hitting 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 before peaking at an insane top speed of 270 mph. Record or not, that’s speed that’s going to make the new owner’s teeth melt.

All things considered, the $800,000 winning bid is going to a worthy cause as all proceeds from the auction of the Venom GT Spyder is going to Tyler’s own charity, Janie’s Fund, which helps support abused and neglected women. The final amount may not have approached the $1.1 million that Tyler was looking to get from the sale, but the amount is still significant enough to help out the beneficiaries of the auction.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Viper Venom 800 by Hennessey

Hennessey is one of those tuners that don’t need any introduction. But I’m going to give one anyway, especially since the company is responsible for the mind-blowing Venom GT, considered as arguable the fastest production car in the world. The American tuner doesn’t have anything remotely similar to the Venom GT here, but it does have a new tuning program for the Dodge Viper that borrows the Venom name. It’s officially called the Venom 800 and it packs 808 horsepower and 790 pound-feet of torque.

Those numbers may look eye-popping, but anybody who knows anything about Hennessey is aware that these are the kind of numbers the tuner is capable of producing. Heck, that Venom 800 program, as impressive as it looks, isn’t even the most powerful engine upgrade Hennessey has on offer for the Viper. It also has a bigger modification that squeezes out in excess of 1,000 horsepower out of the Viper’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

This is the kind of work that Hennessey is capable of. It’s not going to do wonders in the way of cosmetic and aerodynamic upgrades, but when it comes to working on those V-8 engines, there aren’t that many American tuners that can come close to achieving what the Texas-based outfit is routinely capable of doing.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang GT 25th Anniversary HPE800 Edition By Hennessey

Hennessey is known for a lot of things in the auto industry, one of which is its ability to develop insane tuning programs for American performance cars. The Ford Mustang GT counts itself in this group and, while Hennessey has created past programs for the Ford muscle car in the past, this one carries a unique flavor because it’s been dubbed the 25th Anniversary Edition HPE800 Mustang GT to celebrate the company’s 25 years of existence. It’s a fitting name since this limited edition Mustang carries a lot of the characteristics of the full Hennessey tuning experience, highlighted by an increase in output to 804 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque.

By any tuning metric, that output is astounding, and more so for a car whose engine “only” tops out at 435 ponies and 400 pound-feet of torque. But that’s Hennessey for you. The American tuner doesn’t work on programs that offer modest gains; it swings for the fences. The 25th Anniversary Edition HPE800 Mustang is proof of that.

In addition to the engine tune, the limited edition program also comes with a useful set of aerodynamic components, a flashy set of wheels, and a modest interior upgrade that ironically comes with a few not-so-modest reminders of the car’s exclusivity.

The only downside to this program is that it’s limited to just 25 units and, as of now, there’s no telling how many of them are still available. Better be quick about it if you’re interested. Give Hennessey a ring or you might be left out on acquiring this alluring piece of tuning brilliance for the now 25-year old tuning wizard.

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PostHeaderIcon Steven Tyler's Hennessey Venom GT Spyder To Go Up For Auction

Four years after purchasing the first Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is finally ready to let go of his baby after announcing his plan to auction off the Venom GT Spyder. Bids are currently being accepted with the minimum bid price set at $1.1 million, the amount Tyler spent to purchase the car back in 2012.

While there’s no indication that the car will be sold, it does have a couple of things going for it. One is that it was legitimately owned by Tyler himself, who admitted to FoxNews that he once took it up to 140 mph, a speed that’s the equivalent of a yawn for the Venom GT Spyder. Second and more importantly is the fact that the Venom GT Spyder is well and truly regarded as the fastest American-made supercar in the world. The Lotus Exige-based supercar is powered by a Chevrolet-sourced 7.0-liter V-8 engine that spits out an incredible 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers alone allow the Venom GT Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 275 mph.

It’s unclear how many miles Tyler tacked on the Venom GT Spyder and the car’s overall condition could determine whether it gets sold or not. Neither Tyler nor his representatives released details on that regard so it might be best to contact the singer’s charity, Janie’s Fund, to get the actual numbers. Speaking of Janie’s Fund, the charity that helps support abused and neglected girls will be the sole recipient of the Venom GT Spyder’s sale.

Anybody who’s interested in the car and would like to know more about it are free to contact richard.shaw@janiesfund.org to get the full details. Bids on the car will also be accepted through the same e-mail address.

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Puts Lonestar Motorsports Drag Strip Up For Sale

Private drag strips don’t go up on sale too often, so when one hits the market, it’s a good thing to let people know about it. In case anybody’s interested, Hennessey Performance is selling its ownership of the Lonestar Motorsports park for a tidy sum of $2.7 million. The private drag strip is located right next to the company’s performance development facility in Sealy, Texas.

The performance center itself isn’t for sale as the company is reportedly planning to expand its vehicle production from the 400 units it builds annually to somewhere in the 1,000 range. The increase in production volume is tied into the potential sale of the drag strip.

As far as the strip itself is concerned, the entire facility is 55 acres in size and is highlighted by an IHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile drag strip. It has spectator grand stands with seating capacity for up to 800 people. It also has enclosed and air-conditioned concessions stands, staging lanes, a control tower, and timing equipment, among other things. Prospective buyers also have the option of buying another 70 acres, which could be used in expanding and turning the drag strip into an actual road racing course. Not surprisingly, the extra land comes with an additional cost.

Right now, Hennessey is still using the drag strip to test out its vehicles and even with a sale, stipulations are going to be put in place to ensure that the American automaker can still use the facility for testing even after it has been sold. Those who might have an eye towards actually buying the quarter-mile drag strip should be comforted to know that the strip is fully operational and has a calendar of events lineup every month.

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Mercedes AMG GT Hits the Dyno

Hennessey Mercedes AMG GT-dyno

Texan tuner Hennessey Performance has a big love for German sports cars, especially products of AMG. The latest car of the Affalterbach-based company they have modified and equipped with their HPE600 kit is the Hennessey Mercedes AMG GT. Here the car is shown during dyno tests.

Hennessey Mercedes AMG GT HPE600 sounds like a freakin’ jet on the dyno, flaunting its 600 horsepower output. But this is only stage one of what HPE is capable of extracting from the 4.0 liter bi-turbo V8. More powerful packages are yet to come.

The HPE600 package for Hennessey Mercedes AMG GT result in a gain of 80 horsepower over the standard 510. But that’s real-wheel horsepower. It’s the power that’s put to the ground. The nominal power output of this car at the crank is way above 600 hp.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro SS By Hennessey

Just yesterday, I was driving across the bridge by GM’s Lansing assembly plant. As I looked towards the massive parking lot, I saw hundreds of brand new, 2016 Chevy Camaro’s sitting there, just waiting to be loaded up and shipped off to showrooms across the country. It was at that point that I realized that – outside of Chevy-built concepts like the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS Black Accent concept, Red Accent Concept, and the Performance Concept – we haven’t seen much in terms of modified 2016 Camaros.

I started looking at different tuning firms, and it was no surprise that Hennessey already offers upgrade packages for the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS. Currently there are two packages on the table to choose from, and like most Hennessey upgrades, they offer more in terms of power than they do physical appearance. Of course, you can’t fault Hennessey for that – the firm is about power, plus the Camaro SS is already quite stylish as it is.

The HPE600 upgrade is the lesser of the two upgrades, offering an extra 145 horsepower over the 455 horsepower output by the Camaro SS in stock form. The HPE650 upgrade offers even more, bringing that LT1 up by 195 horsepower. So, with that said, let’s take a deeper look at the Camaro SS by Hennessey.

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V HPE1000 Detailed

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Following the first announcement a few months ago, the HPE1000 package for the 2016 2016 Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V is now ready and the Texan tuner has revealed its detailed specs. As the name clearly suggests, this insane Caddy packs 1,000 brake horsepower.

And that is not the end of it. If the previous Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V is anything to go by, the tuner will eventually launch a 1,200 hp version of the 2016 model. Now that’s something to look forward to.

But for now the thousand-horsepower version will do. We have’t seen the car in the flesh yet, but judging by the renderings they have released, the new Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V looks every bit like it has a 1,000 horsepower. The list of modifications you get with the HPE 1000 package include a 2.9 liter supercharger, completely new pistons, rods, and camshafts as well as cylinder heads, upgraded injection and ignition systems, custom intercooler and exhaust headers (part of a stainless steel system), engine calibration and…

The car also comes with a super sexy body kit as mentioned, complemented with a set of Hennessey H10 Monoblock wheels.

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HPE1000 Package Details:

• 2.9 Liter Supercharger System

• Forged Pistons

• Forged Steel Rods

• Custom HPE Camshaft

• Ported Cylinder Heads

• Upgraded Fuel Injectors

• Upgraded Fuel System

• High Flow Intercooling System

• Intercooler Heat Exchanger Upgrade

• Long-tube Stainless Steel Headers

• Stainless Steel Midpipes

• High Flow Catalytic Converters

• All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids

• Professional Installation

• HPE Engine Management Calibration

• Dyno Tuning & Road Testing

• Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques

• Hennessey Exterior Badging

• Hennessey Premium Floormats

1 Year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Considering 1,000-HP All-Electric Venom GT

American tuning extraordinaire Hennessey has the habit of pushing the boundaries of supercar performance. The 1,451-horsepower Hennessey Venom GT is living proof of that. Soon enough, the Venom F5 will join the fray, which according to John Hennessey, will be capable of a top speed of 290 mph. But, neither the Venom GT nor the Venom F5 is the reason why the Texas-based company is making the headlines. Turns out, Hennessey is also working on another car, or to be more specific, a 1,000-horsepower all-electric supercar.

Hennessy bared those plans in a conversation with TopGear.com at the SEMA Auto Show. According to John H., the company has looked into the possibility of building such a car. The only concern at this point is how the company would be able to fit electric technology into a car while retaining the car’s lightweight characteristics. Hennessey himself made that point, saying that he’s only waiting for “batteries to become lighter and have more capacity” before his company dives straight into building the car.

One thing you can count on Hennessey to steer clear from are hybrids. That point was made pretty clear when he unequivocally voiced his lack of interest in building a hybrid supercar, despite the fact that Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren have all been hugely successful with the release of their own hybrid supercars. Hennessey admitted that what those companies did proved that it was possible to fit hybrid tech into a supercar. But, just because they did it, doesn’t mean he’s going to. In his own words, he’s sticking to a “Venom with an engine or as a straight electric.”

There’s still no specific timetable on when we can expect to see this all-electric supercar. But, if there’s one thing we’ve come to know about John Hennessey, he doesn’t speak out of turn for the sake of making headlines. When he says something, he means it.

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PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Mustang Convertible Unveiled at SEMA

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Along with the new Venom GT, Texan tuner Hennessey Performance unveiled at this year’s SEMA show a new Mustang equipped with their HPE750 Supercharged package. The 2016 Hennessey Mustang Convertible has a certified top speed of 207.9 mph, as seen on Jay Leno’s Garage TV show on CNBC.

Mind you, the record breaking car was a coupe, it was driven by a professional driver, and the venue they did it was the favorable surroundings of a closed highway. It was still an impressive achievement. And the lack of roof on this one should not have that big an affect on the overall performance of the vehicle.

As for the ingredients of the package and the reason it is so fast, Hennessey Mustang Convertible HPE750 comes with a supercharger system producing 9 psi boost, increasing the total output of the 5.0 liter GT V8 engine to massive 774 horsepower. The zero to 60 time in this car is a supercar-busting 3.2 seconds.

Other highlights of Hennessey Mustang Convertible include a bespoke aero kit including carbon fiber front splitter, side sills, and rear lip spoiler, complemented with a set of Hennessey H10 light weight wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The car also features a Brembo racing brake upgrade for proper stopping power.

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While we’re at it, let’s also check out the 2016 VelociRaptor 650: 650 HP 5.0L V8 engine; 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds; Supercharger system producing 7 psi boost; Fox suspension upgrade;  Heavy duty front and rear bumpers; 20 inch Hennessey wheel and tire upgrade;  Fender flares; Skid plates.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2016 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

2016 Hennessey Venom GT-0

Hennessey Performance has brought to this year’s SEMA show three new cars with a total of 2,875 Horsepower. At the top of the list we have the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT which, packing 1,451 horsepower, is the biggest contributor to that Record.

The 2016 Hennessey Venom GT is a Spyder version with a removable top and a bright yellow paint job that matches the other two Hennessey products at the 2015 SEMA, including a super fast Mustang Convertible and a VelociRaptor 650 pickup truck.

2016 Hennessey Venom GT-00

Powering the 2016 Hennessey Venom GT is the familiar 7.0L twin turbo V-8 engine with E85 Flexfuel capability. It is tuned here to churn out 1,451 bhp which is 207 bhp more than the previous version and enough for a verified top speed of 270.4 mph. The performance figures for this car boggle the mind: 0-60 mph: 2.4 sec; 0-100 mph: 4.4 sec; 0-200 mph: 12.8 sec; ¼ mile: 9.4 sec. @ 167 mph; 0-300 kph: 10.9 sec.; 0-400 kph: 18.1 sec. Theoretically, the new Venom GT can reach 280+ mph.

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“We only plan to produce a handful of Venom GT’s in 2016 as we are also preparing for our next evolution, the Venom F5”, said John Hennessey. “We plan to demonstrate our improved power and performance both in terms of straight line acceleration as well as road course handling and lap time performance”.

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PostHeaderIcon 850-hp Hennessey Dodge Charger Hellcat on Dyno

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Giving in once more to their unhealthy obsession with power, Texan tuner Hennessey Performance has upgrade a Dodge Charger Hellcat from 707 standard horsepower to 850 horsepower. And they just released the dyno footage to prove the numbers are real.

We didn’t doubt the capabilities of the Hennessey Dodge Charger Hellcat for a second. We know enough about HPE to know these guys don’t mess around. What we are having a hard time wrapping our heads around is what the hellcat is the point of this much power in a four-door sedan? Sure, it probably shaves 0.1 of a second of the 0 to 60 time, but is it really worth the effort? Hennessey would answer F#@K Yea it is. We would probably spend that effort trying to improve the handling of the car, make it more fun.

Hennessey Dodge Charger Hellcat HPE850 Package Details:

Power

• 852 bhp @ 6,200 rpm

HPE850 Upgrade

• New ECU

• Upgraded tuning software

• High flow air filter element

• Lower pulley upgrade (increases boost by 1-2 psi)

• Port matched throttle body

• Ported supercharger housing

• Hennessey embroidered head rests

• Exterior Hennessey emblem

• Exterior HPE850 emblems

• Serial numbered dash plaque

• Serial numbered plaque in engine compartment

Call HPE for build time and scheduling

The post 850-hp Hennessey Dodge Charger Hellcat on Dyno appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Charger Hellcat HPE800 By Hennessey

Since its inception in the early 1990s, Hennessey Performance Engineering has been looking for ways to improve vehicles from just about every
brand available in the U.S, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren. The Texas-based company even managed to set an unofficial world record record for street-legal cars with the Hennessey Venom GT, a heavily modified 2015 Lotus Exige S Club Racer that hit 270.49 mph. Now, about a year after Dodge launched the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the world’s fastest, quickest, and most powerful sedan, Hennessey announced plans to develop an upgrade package for Mopar’s four-door muscle car.

Meet the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat HPE800, the sedan that promises to be as quick and powerful as a Ferrari supercar, yet cost less than $100,000.

The Charger Hellcat adds to Hennessey extensive lineup of modified American cars, which includes vehicles from Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and even GMC. Keep reading for the full rundown and stay tuned for updates as well be back as soon as we have them.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Charger Hellcat HPE800 By Hennessey.


PostHeaderIcon Hennessey Venom GT World Record Car Is Up for Sale

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With a production number of just 12 units worldwide, Hennessey Venom GT is not the kind of car the manufacturer can afford to put in a museum – especially as that manufacturer is a tuner from Texas. That is why Hennessey is selling the Venom GT world record car that has a certificate for clocking 270.4 mph.

You may remember last year they took this Hennessey Venom GT to the space shuttle landing runway at the Kennedy Space Center where the 1,244 horsepower hyper car set its incredible speed record. Sadly, the Venom GT is not considered a full-fledged production car, what with it being a mishmash parts put together in a tuner’s workshop. So that record is sort of unofficial.

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What isn’t unofficial is the 0-300 km/h record the car set a while back for which it was awarded a Guinness certificate. Basically an elongated Lotus fitted with a large American V8 engine, Hennessey Venom GT is sort of like the Koenigsseg One:1 in the sense that it has roughly one horsepower for every kilogram of its weight. So it is capable of accelerating form 0 to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, and we have already mentioned the top speed.

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As for the price, serious buyers are asked to get in touch with duPont Registry and inquire. We know the retail price for the Venom GT was $1.2 million USD, so bear that in mind before you make the call.

The post Hennessey Venom GT World Record Car Is Up for Sale appeared first on Motorward.

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