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1000HP Hennessey Twin-Turbo Cadillac CTS-V Coupe V1000 Previewed 26
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Hennessey, Hennessey Performance, Tuners on 07 26th, 2011

With this being an Automotive Enthusiast site, it seems like each month we post new creations coming out of John Hennessey’s Texas shop. After-all, his cars can be said to be among the fastest in America and we like to cover just about all of them on AutomotiveAddicts.com. One of the latest performance packages takes the Cadillac CTS-V to heights unheard of in a territory dominated by twin-turbo Italian sports cars and big American muscle Vipers, Vettes and Ford GTs. It’s the 1000+ horsepower club where you need not apply unless you have ‘marbles’ the size of Texas.

There is no doubt that everything is bigger in Texas including the new Cadillac CTS-V Coupe V1000 that Hennessey and his team has set out to build. That’s about 444 horsepower more than a stock Cadillac CTS-V Coupe if you are keeping tally. A 427 LS V8 is used only it has been outfitted with two turbos, high flow cylinder heads, upgraded fuel injectors, low compression forged pistons, forged connecting rods and a revised ECU.  All of these tweaks yield 1000 horsepower and 950 ft-lbs. of torque good for 0-60 mph runs in 3.5 seconds, 10.9 seconds in the quarter mile and a top speed of 230 mph. The excitement does not stop there; check out the custom widebody in the images and full list of specs below.


2012 Hennessey Twin Turbo V1000 CTS-V Coupe 
Limited Production – Only 12 Will Be Produced


• 1,000 bhp @ 6,400 rpm
• 950 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm

• 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
• 1/4 Mile: 10.9 @ 136 mph
• Top Speed: 230 mph

V1000 Twin Turbo Upgrade Includes:
• 427 cid LS V8 Engine
• Forged Low Compression Pistons
• Forged Steel Connecting Rods
• Callies 4340 Forged Steel Crank
• Balanced and Blueprinted Rotating Assembly
• ARP Main Studs & Head Bolts
• High Flow Cylinder Heads
• Hennessey V1000 Camshaft
• Upgraded Fuel Injectors
• Upgraded Fuel System (Includes Lines, Rails & Pump)
• Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers
• Dual Wastegates
• Electronic Boost Controller
• Stainless Steel Piping and Exhaust
• Air-to-Air Intercooler
• High-Flow K&N Air Filter
• 160 Degree Thermostat
• Professional Installation
• HPE Engine Management Calibration
• Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
• Hennessey Exterior Badging
• Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
• 1 Year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty

• Manual: Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch Upgrade
• Automatic: Performance Build & Torque Converter Upgrade

• Brembo Carbon Ceramic Brake Upgrade
• 15.1 inch Carbon Ceramic Rotors (Front & Rear)
• Calipers: 8-Piston (Front); 6-Piston (Rear)

Wheels & Tires:
• Hennessey Monoblock Wheels
• 20×10 inch (Front); 20×13 inch (Rear)
• Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
• 275/30YR-20 (Front); 345/30YR-20 (Rear)

• Lowered 1″ (Front & Rear)
• Factory Magnetic Ride Control Tuned by John Heinricy

• CarbonAero CTS-V Widebody Upgrade
• Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
• Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
• Carbon Fiber Front Fenders
• Carbon Fiber Extractor Hood
• Carbon Fiber Rear Fender Flares

• Alcantara Headliner
• Carbon Fiber Door Sills
• Upgraded Leather & Stitching
• Hennessey Embroidered Heardrests
• Hennessey Premium Floormats

Buyers Will Also Receive a One-Day Driver Training / Track Experience with John Heinricy.

Source: Hennessey Performance

Video: Jay Leno Forms His Own Opinion of 2011 Hennessey HPE600 Camaro Convertible 6
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Hennessey, Hennessey HPE600 Camaro Convertible, Hennessey Performance, Tuners, video on 06 6th, 2011

It is no doubt that John Hennessey and his team get some amazing horsepower figures from some of their intricate tuning of the finest automotive machines directly out of the production factory. Jay Leno invites John down to his garage for another visit only this time he brings 602 horsepower packed under the hood of a new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. Check out the drop-top fun that Jay has with this beast below!

[source: Jay Leno’s Garage]

Video: 2011 Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V Coupe w/ 700 HP in Jay Leno’s Garage 3
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Cadillac, Hennessey Performance, Jay Leno, Jay Leno's Garage, Tuners, video on 05 3rd, 2011

Jay Leno gets to drive all of the toys including ones tuned by long-time friend John Hennessey and his team. One of the latest tuned vehicles to come from John’s shop is the new Cadillac CTS-V V700 boasting 700 horsepower. If you ever thought a stock Cadillac CTS-V was a sleeper, wait until you see the Hennessey Team’s CTS-V Coupe ‘V700’ test driven by Jay Leno. Check it out in the video below!

Ever See An Escalade Beat A GT-R? 14
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Cadillac, Cadillac Escalade, Hennessey Performance, nissan, nissan gt-r, Tuners, video on 04 14th, 2011

I’ll admit that these videos, from Hennessey Performance Engineering, are getting a little old. Every week it seems that HPE has a new and obscenely-tuned ride to pit against last year’s Nissan GT-R. At the current rate, I predict we’ll see a video pitting a 1975 Winnebago Chieftain motorhome, tuned by Hennessey, against the 2011 GT-R by the end of May. You know the Winnebago will smoke the GT-R, but they’ll probably have to use a rolling start. GT-R fans will pan this video, saying the Escalade left the line first, and that if Hennessey really wants to brag they should run the same test using the new and improved 2012 GT-R. That misses the point entirely, and Hennessey could have used any number of cars to run against the big Caddy SUV. Regardless of any staged drag race, if you’re not impressed by a 5,500 pound truck hitting sixty miles per hour in 3.3 seconds (faster than a stock Cadillac CTS-V), I’d encourage you to check your pulse. Video below.

Throw a couple corners into the mix, or make the contest from 0 to 100 mph and back to 0, and the GT-R would eat the Caddy’s lunch. I’ve always said that I’ve never driven a car that scares me, but anything the size of my first apartment that accelerates more violently than a Z06 Corvette has a damn good shot at it.

Source: Jalopnik, via Autopia

2011 Hennessey Venom GT Hits the Studio for some Red-Hot Pictures 13
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Hennessey, Hennessey Performance, Hennessey Venom GT on 04 13th, 2011

John Hennessey and his team have brought a dream to reality in the form of a lightweight, mid-engine, V8-powered serpent named ‘Venom GT’. Just recently they took the 2011 Hennessey Venom GT to the studio to properly introduce the latest iteration of a no-compromise 1,200 horsepower supercar.


2011 Hennessey Venom GT Press Release

The Venom GT simply expresses the supercar that John Hennessey has always dreamed of building for himself.  He wanted a nimble, lightweight, mid-engine chassis with a powerful American V-8 engine.  Maximum power-to-weight ratio is critical for a performance vehicle, and it is the cornerstone to this car.

His dedicated staff of former Bonneville, Formula One and Le Mans race engineers have teamed to design the Venom GT— incorporating many of the best technologies and advanced materials available today. The goal? The best overall performing and best looking road-legal supercar that they could build.

John thanks you for this opportunity to introduce you to the all-new Hennessey Venom GT.

Powering the Venom GT is a 6.2L supercharged LS9 V-8 engine producing 725 bhp at 7,200 rpm.  An available twin-turbocharged V-8 (shown) offers the ultimate power trip delivering up to 1,200 bhp.

Weight is kept to a minimum thanks to the extensive use of aluminum for the construction of items such as the engine block, cylinder heads and intercoolers.  Airflow ducting is a mix of lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum components. Exhaust gasses flow thru a lightweight Titanium exhaust system.  Twin ballbearing turbochargers provide instant throttle response with a never ending mountain of power.

Inside, the Venom GT merges high-tech materials with supple luxury. Machined metal meets carbon fiber—all surrounded by sumptuous leather—to produce an unforgettable cockpit.

Hold on tight to the sport steering wheel as the available 1,000 bhp twin-turbo powerplant will generate an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds.  Should you choose the available 1,200 bhp twin-turbocharged engine, you will have the esteemed privilege to use the entire range of the speedometer.

Combined with a super-light curb weight of under 2,685 lbs (1,220 kilos), the Venom GT offers an unmatched power-to-weight ratio.

The Venom GT incorporates an active aerodynamic system that allows for real-time down force adjustments based on actual driving conditions. “The Venom GT is a purpose built thrill ride designed to dominate the competition” says John Hennessey. “This car is for a very select client who demands ultimate performance, but with absolute exclusivity.”

F1 meets road car. To maximize the power-to-weight ratio, the Venom GT utilizes some of the most hightech racing components available today. This includes the use of carbon fiber body panels and hybrid wheels constructed of both carbon fiber and forged-aluminum. Massive Brembo 6-piston alloy brake calipers combine with lightweight carbon-ceramic rotors to give the Venom GT world-class stopping power while simultaneously minimizing curb weight and rotational mass.

The Venom GT has an active suspension system that adjusts ride height according to varying conditions. The system allows a range of adjustment up to 2.4 inches (6 cm), enabling the driver to raise the Venom GT in order to navigate items such as a driveway or a parking garage.

All components aboard the Venom GT are built for purpose, not flash. Lightweight carbon fiber surrounds an alloy shifter that actuates a Ricardo 6-speed manual gearbox. An AP Racing multi-disc clutch transfers the engine’s copious power while remaining easy to modulate.

With lateral acceleration well exceeding 1 g-Force, body support for occupants comes in the form of race-spec, deep-side bucket seats that are constructed of carbon fiber and covered in fine leather.

[sources: LuxuryAutoDirect via Hennessey Performance]

Video: Hennessey’s 755 Horsepower Corvette ZR750 28
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette ZR1, Hennessey Performance, Tuners, video on 03 28th, 2011

The Hennessey ZR750. Image: Hennessey Performance

Out of the box, the $110,000 ZR1 Corvette gives you some pretty incredible stats, like 638 horsepower, 604 ft-lb of torque, a zero to sixty time of around 3.5 seconds and a top speed somewhere north of 200 miles per hour. Just a few years back, those numbers were reserved for cars with a prancing horse or a charging bull on their logos, with the accompanying increase in price. The Corvette ZR1 really does bring near-supercar performance to a broader audience (although $110k isn’t exactly blue collar), but that’s simply not good enough for some buyers. It’s one thing to show taillights to a Ferrari F430; it’s something else entirely to go toe to toe with your ZR1 against a Ferrari Enzo. Want to see a ZR1 capable of taking on Italy’s best? Hit the video below.

If you’ve got that jones, and if you have a sufficiently large balance in your bank account, Hennessey Performance would be happy to build you a 755 horsepower ZR1 Corvette. Dubbed the ZR750, the car gets its horsepower increase from ported cylinder heads, a hotter cam, a ported throttle body, more boost courtesy of smaller supercharger pulleys, a revised intake, headers and high-flow catalysts. The mods drop the zero to sixty time to 2.9 seconds (assuming you can get the tires to hook up) and yield a quarter mile time of 10.7 seconds at 139 miles per hour. The tops speed is increased to 224 miles per hour, and the zero to one hundred fifty mile per hour time is decreased by four seconds (to 13.1 seconds). Pricing isn’t listed on the Hennessey website, but I can guarantee the kit plus a ZR-1 Corvette will set you back far less than anything with a horse or bull on it.

Hennessey HPE600 Revealed (Video) 9
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Camaro SS, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Hennessey, Hennessey HPE600, Hennessey Performance on 03 9th, 2011

Hennessey Performance has unveiled their new Hennessey HPE600. This is a new tuning package for the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible. HPE600 is a model that appears virtually the same as that of Camaro SS. However, it features individually numbered plaque, special floor mats, and embroidered headrests in the interior.


The car has got a TVS2300 supercharger, high-flow fuel injectors, a cold air induction system, a recalibrated ECU as well as a sport exhaust system. It comes with a 6.2-liter V8. The engine churns out 602 hp (449 kW / 610 PS) and 605 lb-ft (819 Nm) of torque. This makes the auto capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It offers speed of covering quarter mile in 12.0 seconds at 118 mph (190 km/h).

The Hennessey HPE600 comes with a price starting from $15,995 (€11,470).Customers can add a variety of options such as carbon fiber body kit, an adjustable KW coilover suspension, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Pirelli P-Zero tires as well.

Check out the video too.

Hennessy 2011 HPE700 Camaro Convertible Details Surface 8
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011 HPE700 Camaro Convertible, Automotive News, Corvette, Coupe, Hennessey, Hennessey Performance on 10 8th, 2010

The first details of the 2011 HPE700 Camaro Convertible from the Hennessey Performance stables are out.  As has been the case with the company’s earlier HPE700 coupe model,  the upcoming  the convertible will come with a CarbonAero body kit that would comprise a front splitter, a rear diffuser and revised side skirts.

A  Corvette ZR1-sourced LS9 engine will power the model , and the engine will be outfitted with cold air induction system, upgraded pulleys, and high-flow fuel injectors.

The 6.2-liter V8 has been designed in such a way that it returns 755 hp (563 kW / 765 PS) and 763 lb-ft (1,033 Nm) of torque . That means a clear increase of 117 hp (87 kW / 119 PS) and 159 lb-ft (215 Nm), thereby enabling the car to speed from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds at 130 mph.

Further, the car will boast of a colored hockey stick side strip, and 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tires.  An adjustable coil-over suspension, upgraded sway bars and a Brembo braking system with 15-inch rotors have also been included.

The company is however thinking of rolling out only 24 units of the car, be it a coupe or the convertible variant.