John Hennessey has been considered by many to be the best car tuner on this side of the Atlantic. The cars with his touch have gone one to become the fastest in their respective segments. Whether it be trucks, coupes, roadsters, or sedans, the folks over at Hennessey Performance are able to take on the greatest of challenges as far as the performance of a vehicle is concerned. And from one those impossible missions came the Hennessey C8 Corvette.
It was no surprise, then, when Hennessey announced that they will be taking up a project to tune the latest C8 Corvette Stingray to the best of its abilities. The new generation of Corvettes seems to be promising enough to offer better performance than any of its predecessors. But John reckons he and his team can do a whole lot better. Even going so far as to claim that the car will deliver more than 1,200 horsepower.
Hennessey C8: A performance machine, with more performance
Chevrolet unveiled its latest generation of Corvettes during the Frankfurt Motor Show held just this past September. It quickly stole the spotlight with its revolutionary new mid-engine design and a new LT2 powertrain. So far, only the entry-level trims of the Stingray have been sighted as confirmed. The 2020 C8 Stingray will hit the showrooms in February of 2020. It will be available both as a coupe and a convertible.
The new Hennessey C8 Stingray packs an LT2 6.2L V8 engine that produces 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. With its mid-engine design and a sport-tuned suspension, it is well on the way to challenge the Porsche 911 around the legendary Nurburgring after launch. All for a rather unbelievable price of $59,995.
Unlocking the inner potential
With so many optimizations from the last generation, it is hard to see how such a powerful automobile can go even faster. John Hennessey from Texas has an answer. Starting at the very heart of the car, the team uses forged aluminum pistons and forged steel connecting rods. The transmission is replaced with an 8-speed dual-clutch variant, developed exclusively by Tremec. All this power is managed by bigger Brembo brakes and wider high-performance tires.
A Penske suspension further improves the car’s handling around corners. This also gives the car an adjustable ride height, thus improvising for regular roads and slick race track tarmac. A stainless-steel quad-tip exhaust further adds to the profile of the car, making it lighter in the process. A custom Hennessey paint job cements that this is no ordinary Corvette you are looking at.
Not the first ‘Vette to overhaul
Hennessey C8 is not the first Corvette to get such a pumped-up setup, a C7 has been tuned by the Hennessey Performance before. Making good on such wild claims is not something out of character for Hennessey Performance. When the last generation of C7 Corvettes hit the streets back in 2014, Hennessey and his crew worked tirelessly to make a powerful specimen of the C7 Stingray. Dubbed the HPE1000, it resulted in a C7 Stingray that had more than 1,000 hp sent to the rear wheels. The modification package costs $68,000. That is excluding the price of the car to be modified. But it was well worth it since the HPE1000 did a 0-60 mph run in 2.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 9.7 seconds. It’s not as much as the Hennessey C8 but enough for a C7 I think.
It wasn’t just the lower trims that had that treatment either. The same package was offered for the Z06. The top-level ZR1 had an even more powerful HPE1200 package. You can guess by the name that it is a 1200-hp Corvette ZR1. It possessed 1066 lb-ft of torque, which granted it a 0-60 mph time in the ballpark of 2 seconds flat. With such expertise, it is only a matter of time how the Hennessey C8 Stingray turns out.
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Karan Harit has been writing quality content for a variety of online sources over a span of more than 3 years. His background in Mechanical Engineering makes him a specialist in many fields of science, but automobiles are his primary preference. Karan has an excellent knowledge base of tuners and exotics alike. He has also worked on various projects that involve modifying and designing cars, from Honda Civics to VW Golfs.