• 2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey

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Back in the 60s, automotive racing history was about to change when Henry Ford II decided that it was time for America to be well-represented at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The European domination, most notably that of Ferrari, gave Ford the motivation to built an American race car that could take the fight to the Italian Prancing Horse. And so, the Ford GT project was born and at the 1966 Le Mans race, Ford did the unthinkable, scoring a 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans and setting off a three-year run when the American automaker reigned supreme at the 24-hour endurance race.

Fast forward to 2005 and the production version of the Ford GT - limited as they were - was born under the guise of being the company’s "Centennial Supercar". This, of course, leads us to this year and the Ford GT still holds acclaim for being the only Ford supercar to be built.

It’s omniscient looks, coupled with its standing as a true American original, has made the Ford GT a tuning favorite, particularly from US-based aftermarket companies. One such company, Hennessey Performance Engineering, recently took the task of building performance programs for the venerable supercar, including one that gives the GT a mouth-watering output of 1,000 horsepower. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything more awesome than that.

UPDATE 03/26/2012: The Ford GT 1000 Twin Turbo just established a standing mile record of 257.7 mph, officially becoming the fastest car at Texas Mile (for cars running on the Chase Field runway in Beeville).

Hennessey attempted to break the standing mile record in 2011 with the Ford GT as well, but fell short at just 235 mph. The first day of the 2012 Texas Mile brought them up to 246.8 mph, but the second day was the true triumph with the 257.7 mph record. The victorious Ford GT by Hennessey is owned by Mark Heidaker and driven by Sean Kennedy.

UPDATE 05/16/2012: Now, the supercar has set a new world record. With Sean Kennedy behind the wheel, the Hennessey GT posted a new standing half-mile record of 219.9mph in the half mile. This impressive result was achieved at the 8,000-foot runway of Ellington Airport, the Houston Half Mile.

The Hennessey Ford GT that established this impressive record was powered by an Accufab Racing V8 engine updated with two Precision Turbochargers for an impressive output of 2000 bhp.

UPDATE 10/29/2012: To add to the Fotd GT1000 Twin Turbo’s growing number of records, Hennessey headed back to the famous track at the biannual Texas Mile Festival of Speed organized in Beeville and, with Sean Kennedy behind the wheel, the Ford GT by Hennessey hit an amazing top speed of 263.3 mph! Check out the video by clicking on the image above!

Details on the Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey after the jump.

  • 2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey
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  • Engine:
    5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1,000 horsepower at 6,600 rpm
  • Quarter Mile time:
    10.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    245 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    2.8 sec.
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Exterior and Interior

2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey Exterior
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Despite the overwhelming efforts in giving the Ford GT a monstrous improvement in performance output, Hennessey pretty much left the car’s aesthetics largely unchanged. Needless to say, the race version of the GT that dominated Le Mans in the 60s shares nothing in common with the production version, despite carrying the same ’GT’ moniker.

For one, the production version is 18" longer and 4" taller than the race version. Likewise, the front fenders curve over the 18" front wheels with the doors of the car cutting into the roof as an ode to the set-up of the race version. The production version also comes with a super-plastic-formed aluminum body panels, roll-bonded floor panels, a friction-stir welded center tunnel, a “ship-in-a-bottle” gas tank, a capless fuel filler system, one-piece door panels, and an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon-fiber inner panel. On top of that, you’ll find functional cooling scoops on the rear quarter panel while the accent line from the front cowl rejoins and finishes the car’s profile at the integrated ducktail spoiler.

Performance and Supercharged Upgrades

2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey Drivetrain
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Hennessey’s Supercharged Upgrade for the GT1000 Twin Turbo includes, twin 67 mm ball bearing turbos, a stainless steel turbo exhaust, stainless steel turbo down pipes, a billet throttle body upgrade, twin wastegates, a fuel system upgrade, an improved mass air sensor, polished turbo inlet and intake pipes, an HPE Engine Management Calibration, gaskets, fluids, and hardware, road tuning and testing, a special Hennessey GT1000 exterior badging, serial numbered dash and engine plaques, and a 1-year / 12,000-mile limited warranty.

With all the supercharged upgrades in tow, the GT1000 Twin-Turbo’s 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine now produces 1,000 horsepower at 6,600 rpm with a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 142 mph, and an increased top speed of 245 mph.


2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey Drivetrain
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A few years ago, a Ford GT1000 was being sold on eBay for a price of $229,500, which is a significant bump up from the car’s base price of $139,500. The $90,000 increase could be attributed to the installation of Hennessey’s GT1000 Twin Turbo supercharged upgrade. We think that whoever was selling that probably just needed the money, because if you ask us, this car will sell much, much higher if you wanted to buy one today - probably even north of half-a-million greenbacks.


2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey Exterior
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The standard Ford GT has an output of 500 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of three seconds and a top speed of 205 mph, but once you put in Hennessey’s supercharged upgrades, the Ford GT1000 reaches the stratosphere of some of the most powerful vehicles on the planet. We don’t know about you, but we’re chomping our nails at the thought of this 1,000-horsepower GT once again throwing down against Europe’s finest supercars, including the Bugatti Veyron and the Koenigsegg Agera R.

We’re pretty confident that Henry Ford II would love to see that too.

2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey Exterior
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  • Leave it
    • It’s going to burn multiple holes in multiple pockets
    • Not too many are out there
    • Competition is ripe for supercar supremacy
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  (224) posted on 02.16.2012

This car is so sick! From the platform design to the roaring engine, one of the best cars ever built.

  (595) posted on 01.23.2012

1,000 horsepower?! Wow, its unbelievable! I would love to see this car on a race! Anyway, I love the exterior details of this car. However the interior part is not so impressive.

  (5) posted on 12.24.2011

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  (858) posted on 12.20.2011

Well, it can already compete with Bugatti or an Agera vehicle! However, I’m not so impressed with its exterior detailing. It didn’t really look cool on that, and it seems that it is a vintage vehicle.

  (427) posted on 12.7.2011

I would really love to watch the race of this one together with the Koenigsegg Agera and Bugatti! smiley that will surely be so exciting! Anyway, I just noticed that the few changes that they did on it makes it more looks very impressive!

  (276) posted on 11.24.2011

Yeah! This super car never gets old! The engine output is still so impressive, and I’m really amazed with its 245 mph in just 2.8 seconds! Well, that is already quite remarkable for it.

  (501) posted on 11.23.2011

I’m so impressed with its engine, which can deliver a power output of 1000 horsepower! Well, it can already compete with Bugatti or an Agera vehicle! However, I’m not so impressed with its exterior detailing.

  (119) posted on 09.25.2011

For some reason i never liked this car. Why would you want 1000 hp to your rear wheels?

  (5) posted on 07.27.2011

I have to say, the gt1000 is EPIC!!!!! The only way it could be better is they made a convertible version.

  (501) posted on 06.15.2011

I would say that I was really amazed that this car is still one of the best after all those years. I thought that it would fade into obscurity after a few decades. Guess I was wrong.

  (377) posted on 06.13.2011

Wow!.. It’s nice to know that this 2006 Ford GT1000 Twin-Turbo by Hennessey is one of the America’s iconic supercars that never gets old. It’s so great!, Upgrading it’s version makes it more amazing. Thanks to Hennessey !

  (619) posted on 06.13.2011

Well, let’s face it. Even if this car is great looking, a lot of us still won’t be able to drive it. But then again, we can always dream on having this baby.

  (334) posted on 06.10.2011

Come to think of it, no matter what you do with the Ford GT, it will still be an awesome car. However, I would say that Hennessey really did a good job of taking this one into an entirely new level.

  (340) posted on 06.9.2011

We all know that Hennessey really has the power to push Ford the its limits. But I’d rather go to this one than those top in the market now, the super cars. Ford GT1000 still has the looks and glamour after all.

  (329) posted on 06.9.2011

Yeah, they really made a great work out of this one. I really can’t get hold of the sheer amount of power that they put into this baby. It would definitely be fun to see this on track.

  (516) posted on 06.8.2011

Well, for sheer looks alone, I would definitely go for the Ford GT, this one is definitely iconic in that department. Good thing that they were able to match this with the performance of the car.

  (814) posted on 06.8.2011

Ha, as expected of Hennessey, they really go all out when they work on a project. Imagine that, a thousand HP. They actually pushed the Ford GT this far.

  (1332) posted on 06.8.2011

I was impressed with the timeless beauty of this car, for its like a Mustang that its beauty never fades over the year passed.. And Heck! 1000 hp output is not a joke afterall.

  (553) posted on 06.8.2011

I don’t have any doubt in the speed performance of this model for GT cars have an amazing speed! And its a good thing as well that it was manufactured under the brand of Hennessey

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