Hennessey Performance have revealed the official details on the Venom GT supercar. Based on a Lotus Elise , their kit will be limited to only five units, four of which have already being spoken for.
The Venom GT is powered by a supercharged 6.2 liter LS9 V8 engine, same used in the Corvette ZR1 , that delivers a total of 725 bhp. And if this is not enough, the tuner will also be offering 1000 bhp and 1200 bhp twin turbo V8 engine variants. With a curb weight of 2,685 lbs, the 1200 HP Venom GT will hit a top speed of 275 mph.
The supercar features lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and carbon fiber wheels, a programmable traction control system, CFD (computational fluid dynamic) tested bodywork, an active aero system with adjustable rear wing, and an adjustable suspension system.
Prices start at $725,000 for the 725 HP variant, and go up to $950,000 for the 1200 HP Big Daddy model.
“Twelve hundred horsepower combined with in a mid-engine chassis that weighs twelve hundred kilos (2,685 lbs) – no other road car and only a handful of race cars can match the power to weight ratio of the Venom GT,” added HPE president and founder, John Hennessey. “It is a driver’s car, a supercar with a soul that will give you as much speed and performance as you dare ask of it.”
UPDATE 07/06/2012: The Hennessey Venom GT headed back to where it all started - the Goodwood Festival of Speed - to show the crowds just how awesome it is! The proof was in the pudding when the Venom GT shot out flames during its run. Check it out by clicking in the video above.
More details on the Hennessey Venom GT after the jump.
The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a heart-stopping, adrenaline-rushing machine packed with a 550 HP LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine. Anyone would be crazy to turn it down, but when Hennessey takes the wheel and manipulates even more power from this engine, the car becomes an unstoppable force suitable only for the most experienced driver. Meet the five engine updates - HPE600, HPE650, HPE700, HPE800 and HPE1000 - that will take your Camaro ZL1 from "standard" to unbelievable.
The first and "tamest" package from Hennessey is the HPE600. This base version offers an output of 610 HP at 6000 rpm. Next to the mild power increase, this package also provides an HPE cold air induction system, a supercharger pulley upgrade, an HPE engine management calibration, and, of course, Hennessey HPE600 badging on the exterior.
The next step goes just a bit over the base line with the HPE650. This update comes with an output of 658 HP at 6,200 rpm and, in addition to the HPE600 upgrades, gets stainless steel long tube headers, high flow catalytic converters, stainless steel mid pipes, intercooler heat exchanger upgrade, Hennessey embroidered headrests, Hennessey HPE650 exterior badging, and premium floor mats.
UPDATE 10/10/2012: Hennessey has unveiled another one of their amazing videos featuring the HPE700 package as it gets tested by John Hennessey. Enjoy!
Hit the jump for the most scintillating upgrade packages from Hennessey for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
America has been known for many years as the "land of opportunity", now it can be known as the "land of the insane engineering." This change of title is due to a car which defies convention and could be considered the Bell X-1 of tuned sedans. This vehicle truly breaks down what is possible in the tuning market and plows a new path. This seminal vehicle is the 2012 Hennessey Twin Turbo V1000 CTS-V Coupe. The guys over at Hennessey were the only people to look at the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V and think "ya know, we need to make it as powerful as a medium sized ICBM," and the outcome is simply staggering.
This latest offering from the Texas based tuning company boasts 1,000 horsepower and 950 ft/lbs of torque. This will push the sports car to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and will allow it to do the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at 136 mph. All this while pushing it all the way to a top speed of 230 mph.
If you’re screaming "I want one!", you will have to a right a large check (somewhere north of 150K). You will also have to be quick because only 12 are being made. If you are lucky enough to have this automotive Hulk, you will undoubtedly love to get under the skin of other super car owners. They will roll their eyes at this pauper, but as soon as you press the loud pedal, you will definitely give their Mercedes SLS AMG and Ferrari 458 Italia models a fright.
Hit the jump for more details on the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Twin Turbo V1000 by Hennessey.
Hennessey Performance is bringing a bit more class to their Cadillac CTS-V V700 package by dropping it into one of the rarest Cadillac CTS-V models ever: the Black Diamond Edition with a manual transmission. Now owners of the exclusive Black Diamond can also take part in the 707 HP madness that was provided to the standard model last year.
The Black Diamond CTS-V features a dark tri-coat paint an embedded with SpectraFlair Bright Silver pigment. This special pigment uses aluminum flakes encapsulated in a glass-like substance called magnesium fluoride. The result is a paint that has a diamond-like sparkle as light hits the surface from different angles. The special exterior paint is further highlighted by Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels with yellow Brembo brake calipers and a special Midnight Sapele wood trim.
The sparkling exterior of the Black Diamond makes it a hot commodity to begin with, but Hennessey’s V700 upgrade package causes the temperature to spike with 707 raging horses, up from the CTS-V’s standard 556 HP. For this increase, the Cadillac’s 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine was given a plethora of goodies, including an HPE Cold Air Induction System, supercharger pulley upgrade, intercooler heat exchanger upgrade, and a V700 camshaft upgrade. Other features include high flow cylinder heads, stainless steel long tube headers, high flow catalytic converters, and stainless steel mid-pipes.
With these additions, the Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond V700 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, make the quarter mile in 10.9 second at a speed of 128 mph, and will be capable of a top speed of 211 mph.
Posted on 05.7.2011 18:00 by Alexander , Christian Seabaugh
The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon is already a car that can get most enthusiasts drooling. Just about all of the boxes can get ticked off instantly with just a quick look. Luxurious leather interior? Check. Enough space to haul the wife, the kids, the dogs, and all of the useless knick-knacks they decided to bring on the family road trip? Check. A 556 HP supercharged, Corvette-sourced V8? Check.
For many enthusiasts, the Caddy wagon is just about all they could ask for in a car. Ludicrously fast, reasonably priced, and practical all at once. What more could they possibly want? Well, as Jeremy Clarkson would say, “MORE POWERRRRRRR!”
That’s right, folks. In true tuner fashion, Hennessey Performance near Houston, Texas decided that the CTS-V Sport Wagon needed just a tad more power.
More details on the Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V650 Sport Wagon after the jump.
UPDATE 05/07/2011: Here’s another tasty treat from the guys over at Hennessey. Their latest video for the CTS-V650 shows the Cadillac doing a few burnouts at Lonestar Motorsports Park. You may want to pump up the volume for this one.
Hennessey has been laying out packages left and right for a variety of models lately, including the Dodge Ram HPE500 , Cadillac Escalade , and now, the lusciously tuned Nissan GT-R . There was no time wasted fiddling with the exterior of the GTR because Hennessey went straight to work pumping up the standard 3.8L V6 engine to produce up to 800 HP.
We haven’t seen this many additions under the hood of a vehicle since the last Hennessey tuned project we encountered, so we’re going to focus on some of the more important ones for now. The standard 3.8L V6 engine was jacked up with the help of SUMO turbo, intercooler piping, and intercooler core upgrades, as well as high-flow fuel injectors and chassis dyno tuning and engine calibration. Other additions include a SUMO stainless steel midpipe exhaust, SUMO stainless steel turbo downpipes, and a SUMO high-flow cold air induction. These modifications allow the GTR800 to pack an 813 HP punch and sprint the car from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. The 0-100 mph sprint is made in 6.2 seconds and the quarter mile can be had for 10.5 seconds at a speed of 136 mph.
If that’s not enough for your average consumer, then Hennessey is equipped with several different options, including a transmission clutch pack upgrade, a SUMO electronic exhaust cutout (75 mm), a KW variant 3 adjustable coilover suspension upgrade, premium wheel and tire packages, and carbon fiber body kits and accessories. Oh, and they’ll also throw in Hennessey and GTR800 exterior badges and serial numbered dash and engine plaques for good measure.
Hit the jump for specifications on Hennessey’s Nissan GTR projects.
John Hennessey is no stranger to the world of auto tuning. After all, he does have a company that’s considered as one of the best in the business. The company, Hennessey Performance Engineering is so good at what it does that it was actually able to build it’s own supercar based on the Lotus Elise : the Venom GT . Not a lot of tuners can stake the same claim, too.
In this particular video, John Hennessey is sitting behind the wheel of another one of his company’s creations, the 2011 Hennessey ZR750 Corvette . Based on the Corvette ZR1 , the ZR750 was born from a special tuning kit the aftermarket company gave to the ZR1, one that nets the American sports car an improved engine output of 755 horsepower, an increase from the standard model’s 638 horsepower output. The increased power of the Hennessey ZR750 also translates to improved lap times, including a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds compared to the standard ZR1’s time of 3.4 seconds.
Hit the jump to watch John Hennessey test driving the car.
Hennessey Performance announced that a new tuning package will be offered for all the 2008-2011 Chevrolet Corvette models, including the Grand Sport versions. Thanks to a new supercharger system, the Hennessey Corvettes will deliver anywhere from 600 to 1000 HP, depending on customer’s wishes.
The most powerful version in the line-up is the HPE1000. It delivers an impressive 1000 HP at 6,300 rpm and includes: forged 427 cid LSX Engine, Hennessey HPE1000 Camshaft, high flow cylinder heads, ARP Main Studs & Head Bolts, FAST LSX intake manifold, fuel injector upgrade, fuel system ipgrade, twin ball bearing turbochargers, electronic boost controller, HPE stainless steel turbo manifolds and stainless steel Cat-Back exhaust among others.
While for the HPE1000 package Hennessey announced no performance numbers, the HPE600 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3,4 seconds and will run the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 126 mph.
Watch 2011 Corvette Grand Sport Supercharged HPE600 in action after the jump.