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Watch A Chevy Camaro ZL1 Transform Into The Hennessey Exorcist 19
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Videos, Hennessey, tuning, video on 01 19th, 2018


Hennessey Performance is known for doing big things. To make The Exorcist, the tuning company took the already insane Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and turned the volume up to 11. Thanks to the time-lapse video below, you can watch a regular ZL1 be transformed into The Exorcist in roughly two minutes.
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Hennessey Hustles The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk To 175 MPH 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Hellcat, Hennessey, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, video on 01 9th, 2018


In between developing the promised world-beating Venom F5 hypercar and Ford VelociRaptor 6×6, John Hennessey recently jumped behind the wheel of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to see just how fast the super-SUV is.

Off the line, we recently saw a stock Trackhawk demolish a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in a scene that would’ve inevitably upset many Challenger fan-boys. Now we know just how fast the Trackhawk can go in a straight line.

Jeep asserts that the Trackhawk is capable of hitting 180 mph (289 km/h) and when behind the wheel, Hennessey was able to take the SUV up to 175 mph (281 km/h), as indicated on the speedometer.

Although the ultimate Jeep fell somewhat short of the automaker’s claim, 175 mph in an SUV of this size is an extraordinary feat.

For those that want to go even faster, Hennessey will soon have the answer, recently confirming that it’ll offer a tuning package with 1012 hp and 969 lb-ft (1,313 Nm) of torque on tap.

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Hennessey Hustles The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk To 175 MPH 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, Hellcat, Hennessey, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Videos, video on 01 9th, 2018


In between developing the promised world-beating Venom F5 hypercar and Ford VelociRaptor 6×6, John Hennessey recently jumped behind the wheel of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to see just how fast the super-SUV is.

Off the line, we recently saw a stock Trackhawk demolish a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in a scene that would’ve inevitably upset many Challenger fan-boys. Now we know just how fast the Trackhawk can go in a straight line.

Jeep asserts that the Trackhawk is capable of hitting 180 mph (289 km/h) and when behind the wheel, Hennessey was able to take the SUV up to 175 mph (281 km/h), as indicated on the speedometer.

Although the ultimate Jeep fell somewhat short of the automaker’s claim, 175 mph in an SUV of this size is an extraordinary feat.

For those that want to go even faster, Hennessey will soon have the answer, recently confirming that it’ll offer a tuning package with 1012 hp and 969 lb-ft (1,313 Nm) of torque on tap.

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Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 Available To Order From $349,000 20
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford F-150, Hennessey, Reports, Trucks, tuning on 12 20th, 2017


Production of the almighty Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 has just commenced with confirmation that the behemoth will set customers back a minimum of $349,000.

The Texas tuner has been working on the six-wheeled F-150 Raptor for well over a year now and alongside an additional axle, the vehicle’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 has been fettled to deliver 602 hp and 622 lb-ft of torque. These gains have been achieved through modified turbo wastegates, a new intake, intercooler, exhaust, and a retuned ECU. The result? A 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint of just 4.9 seconds.

To ensure that the VelociRaptor 6×6 is as capable as it looks off-road, Hennessey has ensured that all three axles can be locked, while also upgrading the suspension and installing 20-inch wheels with off-road tires. Due to a lack of portal axles like the $1 million Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6, the VelociRaptor doesn’t have mind-blowing ground clearance but even still, it should be able to tackle some pretty intense terrain.

Beyond the aforementioned upgrades, Hennessey has also fitted a bull bar, LED light bar on the roof, and new bumpers. For an additional $22,000, customers will also be able to opt for a Brembo brake package with six-piston calipers.

Just 50 examples are scheduled for production with each taking at least 11 months to build.

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Even John Hennessey Isn’t Sure If The Venom F5 Will Hit 300 MPH 15
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports on 12 15th, 2017


In early November, Hennessey unveiled the Venom F5 with an ambitious claim that it will hit 301 mph (484 km/h).

At the time, such a top speed seemed rather far-fetched. After all, Bugatti had previously declared that the Chiron won’t reach the 300-mph mark. However, a few days after the Venom F5’s launch, Koenigsegg set a new production car top speed world record, reaching an average of 277.9 mph and 284 mph during a single pass.

With this in mind, is John Hennessey’s claim of 300 mph actually achievable?

A few weeks back, Jalopnik asserted that it was extremely unlikely because of the tires used by the Venom F5. According to tire experts and even Michelin themselves, Hennessey’s claims could be somewhat excessive.

Responding to these assertions, John Hennessey recently spoke with Jalopnik at the LA Auto Show, indicating that the Texas tuner doesn’t really know what speeds the F5’s tires will tolerate.

“I guess my general statement about tires is like if you ask the submarine commander how deep will the submarine go? They don’t really know. Now you know we don’t really know what the upper limit is, and I don’t think any tire manufacturer from Pirelli to Michelin or anybody else.

“Those guys aren’t going to go on the record from a liability standpoint—sure they’re not going to say.

“So if I was a little more casual and relaxed probably because I’d had a margarita [when first discussing a 301 mph top speed]. You know we’re going, you’re trying, to go 300. We’d like to go 300,” Hennessey said.

The man behind the tuner doesn’t seem so resolute about the Venom F5’s top speed abilities after all. However, he did say that if the company feels like it reaches the limit of the tires during high-speed testing, it will put a speed limiter on the hypercar.

“If we get to a point where whatever speed it might be—280, 285 or 290, and we feel like, okay that’s the limit of the tires, we will put a speed limit on the car. Okay? You put a limit on because, again, safety is paramount.”

Engineering Explained recently said that on paper, the Venom F5 has enough grunt to reach 300 mph, claiming that the only limiting factor will be tire technology.

Watch this space…

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Hennessey To Boost 2019 Corvette ZR1 To 1200 HP 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Hennessey, Reports, tuning on 12 11th, 2017


Although most of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the insane 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Hennessey Performance has announced three upcoming packages for the supercar, one of which promises to deliver 1,200 hp.

The entry-level kit, dubbed the HPE850 upgrade, will see the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine equipped with a lower pulley upgrade, high flow cylinder heads, upgraded valve springs, intakes and exhaust valves, new air induction system, stainless steel heads, stainless steel midpipes, custom camshafts, and high-flow catalytic converters.

With these mechanical upgrades working alongside software tweaks, the upgrade will lift power from 750 hp to 850 hp, resulting in a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of roughly 2.6 seconds and a 10.3 second quarter mile at 136 mph.

Next in the range will be the HPE1000 package. Utilizing many similar upgrades to the HPE850 package but some add-ons, including a new supercharger and intercooler, the car should reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, run the quarter mile in 9.7 seconds at 147 mph and exceed 220 mph, all thanks to 1000 hp and 966 lb-ft of torque.

Last but not least will be the HPE1200. Pumping out 1200 hp at 6,400 rpm and 1066 lb-ft of torque, it’ll achieve 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds, the quarter mile in 9.2 seconds and potentially reach more than 230 mph.

No pricing details have been announced but Hennessey says it will offer 2-year, 24,000-mile warranties for the HPE850 and HPE1000 packages and a 1 year, 12-mile warranty for the HPE1200.

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Hennessey Delivers An Insane 1,000HP Camaro ZL1 Exorcist 5
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Videos, Hennessey, tuning, video on 12 5th, 2017


Not one to shy away from a challenge, John Hennessey decided to create a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1-based rival to the Dodge Challenger Demon before the Demon was even released.

Aptly named ‘The Exorcist’, the Camaro upgrade package sees power from the LT4 supercharged V8 rise from 650 hp to 1,000 hp at 6,400 rpm and 966 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. What does all of this grunt look like?

Well, Hennessey recently delivered one of the first The Exorcist models with the help of former GM engineer John Heinricy and the clip below perfectly depicts how insane this car is.

Whereas Dodge focused solely on making the Demon as fast as possible on a drag strip, Hennessey’s ZL1 is just as capable through corners as it is in a straight line. Pit The Exorcist against a Demon around a racetrack and it’s obvious that the tuner car would win easily.

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Can Hennessey Venom F5 Hit 300 MPH? Math Says Yes 4
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, video on 12 4th, 2017


Last month, Hennessey launched the Venom F5, a car that promises to hit speeds in excess of 300 mph (482 km/h), thus claiming the title of fastest road car in the world.

In order to get there, it employs a new twin turbocharged V8 engine, good for 1,600 HP. The car is also much lighter than hypercars such as the Bugatti Chiron, with a curb weight of just 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg).

Earlier this year, the Engineering Explained YouTube channel came out with a video explaining why production cars have yet to hit 300 mph. Simply put, they didn’t have enough power to overcome aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and cooling drag.

According to some very intricate calculations, a hypercar like the Veyron would require roughly 1,800 HP in order to hit the mark, whereas the lighter Venom F5 could actually do it with less than what its powertrain is currently putting down.

While we’re not going to walk you through the entire video, we should say that Hennessey did a heck of a job with the F5’s drag coefficient and power-to-weight ratio. Now let’s just hope it’s got sufficient cooling and good enough tires to get the job done, because we desperately want to see it get up to those speeds.

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Hennessey Reveals Carbon Fiber Interior Of Venom F5 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Reports, tuning on 11 21st, 2017


Shortly after Hennessey premiered the Venom F5 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Texas tuner has released the first images of the hypercar’s interior.

Like a recent teaser image indicated, the cabin of the Venom F5 is dominated by carbon fiber and looks to be a serious improvement over the Venom GT in terms of overall quality.

Unsurprisingly, the cabin is quite narrow and consists of two bucket seats which appear to be fixed to the floor. Elsewhere, the Venom F5 includes a narrow, carbon fiber transmission tunnel that runs up to a large touchscreen housing the car’s infotainment features. Elsewhere, we can see a trio of air vents arranged in a similar format to the tailpipes.

Two different steering wheel and gauge clusters will be offered to customers. The first sees the fitment of a carbon wheel with a flat bottom and top. It is then joined by a digital gauge cluster. Alternatively, Hennessey will also offer a steering wheel that houses its very own cluster, somewhat similar to the Aston Martin Valkyrie.

As cool as the interior of the Venom F5 is, it is far from the vehicle’s standout feature. Instead, it is the twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 1,600 hp that promises to make the Venom F5 unlike any car before it, potentially capable of accelerating to over 300 mph (482 km/h).

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John Hennessey Drives The VelociRaptor 6×6, Says It Feels Like A Military Vehicle 13
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Videos, Hennessey, tuning, video on 11 13th, 2017


Say what you want about Hennessey’s new VelociRaptor 6×6, but you cannot overlook its level of badassery and head-turning ability.

For some select consumers, those attributes alone might be worth the $349,000 that the company command for the truck in the States.

John Hennessey believes that despite its off-road potential, most owners will park it “in front of a fancy restaurant or hotel”, and “that’s okay, because they’ll have something that’s very unique and special”.

Hennessey went for a short spin in a VelociRaptor 6×6, saying that it feels like a military vehicle, with a huge towing ability, and plenty of power thanks to the 600hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine. However, this is a very subjective first insight into the six-wheeled 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor crew-cab, as it comes from the company’s founder.

Hennessey admitted that he would gladly take this VelociRaptor 6×6 for an off-road session, but since he was sitting inside an example that was headed to its owner in Florida, he had to restrain himself.

During the short video, Hennessey said that besides the initial batch of 50 units, all of them made for the US market, they will build 50 more, for the rest of the world, so if you’re looking to splurge on your very own example, then you should make a deposit very soon.

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John Hennessey Says He’s Motivated By Koenigsegg’s Speed Record 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, Koenigsegg, Record on 11 13th, 2017


Shortly after Koenigsegg smashed the top speed record for a production car, John Hennessey said the Swedish firm’s achievement has motivated him to reclaim the record with the Venom F5.

Speaking with Top Gear, Hennessey stated he was initially skeptical after hearing about Koenigsegg’s record average speed.

“My first thought was ‘did they run both directions?’, because that’s a question everybody asks us. Then I wondered if they’d brought proper Racelogic VBOX equipment to validate the data. I later heard that they did. So once I saw the official news come out on Instagram and then YouTube, I looked at it and I thought they did it right. And fair play to them,” he said.

“I’m not worried about it [Koenigsegg’s speed], I’m excited and motivated. I’ve been waiting almost four years for somebody to better the record. And once you have more players that are playing in the top speed game, then you have more relevance.”

As development of the new Venom F5 is only in its early stages, the Texas tuner isn’t yet in a position to challenge the 277.8 mph two-way average set by the Agera RS. Instead, Hennessey said he will let Bugatti and Koenigsegg fight each other for the title of world’s fastest production car for a while.

“It all puts pressure on Bugatti, to step up and deliver the number that everybody expects them to do. Then we’ll let those guys duke it out for a little while, then, once we figure out which one of those guys [Koenigsegg and Bugatti] is going the fastest, then we’ll take the F5 out and lay down a number.”

On paper, the Venom F5 has the potential to rival both the 1,360 hp Agera RS and 1,500 hp Chiron. Powering the new American hypercar is a twin-turbo V8 with 1,600 hp. When combined with a curb weight of just 2,950 lbs (1,338 kg), the car will apparently hit 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 10 seconds and potentially, reach 300 mph (482 km/h).

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Hennessey’s New VelociRaptor Shows The Earth Who’s Boss 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Videos, Hennessey, Trucks, tuning, video on 11 9th, 2017


While Hennessey’s new six-wheeled VelociRaptor has stolen the headlines in recent weeks, the tuning company’s ‘regular’ four-wheel VelociRaptor 600 Twin Turbo is still a potent bit of kit.

In order to show off the performance capabilities of the modified Ford F-150 Raptor, Hennessey has dropped a clip of the car ripping up the dirt near its facilities in Texas.

Admittedly, the ‘off-roading’ depicted in the video isn’t much more than some bumpy grass, so we don’t get a chance to see what the truck is really capable of.

Nevertheless, it does perfectly capture growl emitted from the twin-turbo V6 engine, overhauled to produce 600 hp at 6,000 rpm and 622 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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Hennessey Venom F5 Makes First Video Appearance To The Tune Of Aerosmith 2
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, new cars, SEMA show, video on 11 2nd, 2017


If there's such a thing as being crazy, stupid fast, the new Hennessey Venom F5 certainly qualifies, to the delight of pretty much every petrolhead on Earth.
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Hennessey Unveils 1,600 HP, 301 MPH Venom F5 In Vegas 1
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in featured, Galleries, Hennessey, Hennessey Venom F5, new cars, SEMA show on 11 1st, 2017


Hennessey's all-new hypercar, the Venom F5, was built with just one goal in mind, to be the fastest road car in the world. With a top speed in excess of 300 mph (482 km/h), all we can say is they've done it!
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Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 Is America’s Answer To Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 31
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford F-150, Hennessey, new cars, prices, SEMA, tuning on 10 31st, 2017


Hennessey has turned the 2018 Ford Raptor into a six-wheeled beast, for the 2017 SEMA Show, but unlike most vehicles presented in Las Vegas these days, it will actually be put into production.
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