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2020 Hennessey Performance Maximum 1000

The best way to bloat your anilla Jeep Gladiator? Put a V8 in it. That’s exactly what Hennessey Performance has done, turning the 2020 Jeep Gladiator into a beastly Hellcat.

That’s right — underneath this formidable road killer is a modest Jeep Gladiator. Hennessey Performance cobbled together a hell of a kit for this ride. Including, most notably, a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat crate motor. Upgraded, no less, with HP’s own HPE1000 setup. That means 1,000 horsepower and 933 pound-feet of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Aside from those, there’s also a new ECU, fuel system, and a stainless exhaust just to accommodate the intimidating new engine. The truck retains its four-wheel-drive but gets a six-inch suspension lift and 20-inch Hennessey wheels with BF Goodrich tires. Beefy off-road bumpers cover the front and rear, complete with auxiliary LED light bars.

Inside, there’s a custom leather interior with embroidered Maximus logos. The stock aesthetic elements are gone, though, so if you’re a fan of the Jeep Gladiator’s inner comforts, this’ll disappoint you. A minor blemish, for sure.

So how much for this whole package? Got $200,000 on you? If not, look away. No surprise on that price, though. HP rarely makes anything cheap, so this is expected. That price already comes with a donor Jeep Gladiator, which is nice. HP is taking orders as we speak. Just 24 units will be made, by the way, so act fast if you want to secure one.


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2019 Hennessey Corvette ZR1 HPE1200

Chevy already made the ultimate Corvette — a base ZR1 pushing up to 755 ponies and 715 pound-feet of torque. But if you think Hennessey Performance would be okay leaving it at that, you’re sorely mistaken.

By now the name Hennessey Performance is synonymous with beastly levels of power. Seriously, these guys are never quite satisfied. As such, in this case, they’ve managed to kick the 755 ponies to a whopping 1,200 horsepower, which is all kinds of insane. The Hennessey Performance Corvette ZR1 is a bang-up job featuring a topnotch 6.2-liter supercharged V8. It’s one of the three upgrade versions available. The other two, HPE850 and HPE1000, feature 850 and 1,000 horsepower respectively.

In case you’re already writing a check for the HPE1200, know that it requires race fuel to reach that many ponies. But you’ll still get a whopping 1,100 horsepower on just 93 octane. As for the other modifications, Hennessey Performance went to town. You’ll find a ported factory supercharger, lower and upper pulley upgrades, a custom camshaft, and ported cylinder heads. Not to mention upgraded intake and exhaust valves, better valve springs and retainers, and a billet high-flow throttle body.

The shop has also upgraded the optional automatic transmission to handle the power. The stock manual seven-speed doesn’t require any changes, though. No suspension or braking changes on this Hennessey Performance Corvette ZR1. Still, it’s not as though the ZR1 was lacking in these areas to begin with. Hennessey Performance is throwing in a three-year 36,000-mile warranty, to boot.


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Hennessey gives 2019 McLaren 600LT up to 1,000 horsepower

Last summer, McLaren launched the 600LT as a a vehicle for people that a bit more performance than what’s offered by the 570 line. It’s significantly lighter, and has a few more horsepower. But if that’s still not enough, Hennessey Performance is offering a range of upgrade packages ranging from 708 to a whopping 1,001 horsepower.

Each package is basically the same as those available for the 570 models, but with 600LT adaptations, such as having the exhaust exit through the top of the engine cover. The HPE 700 package adds high-flow air filters, an ECU tune and stainless exhaust to hit 708 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. The HPE 800 package adds a more potent turbo and upgraded intercooler system to hit 805 horsepower and 722 pound-feet of torque.

The HPE 1000 package is the most extreme, and swaps the single factory turbo for twin turbochargers and an aftermarket Motec ECU. It also features stainless exhaust manifolds and an unspecified transmission upgrade. Output is 1,001 horsepower and 865 pound-feet of torque. The company says this version should hit 60 mph in 2.1 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 9.6 seconds.

The various packages will be available soon. The HPE 700 package is the cheapest at $17,950, followed by the HPE 800 at $34,950. The HPE 1000 package tops the charts at $99,500. Naturally, all of these prices are for the parts and installation only, and you’ll still have to supply the car.

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Hennessey Performance Unveils The 2019 HPE800 McLaren 600LT

It’s been barely a month since we witnessed the arrival of the 2019 McLaren 600LT Spider. So, imagine our surprise to discover the existence of the 2019 HPE800 McLaren 600LT by Hennessy Performance. Everyone is aware that the stock model is nothing short of a beast, but upgrades are always exciting. Therefore, let’s go on a tour to explore the changes that elevate the everything the supercar has to offer.

Just like in recipes, adding some special sauce can really enhance the flavor. Essentially, we are referring to a bump in power. As such, the existing 592-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine gets a significant nudge up to 800 hp. This project is far from the insane overkill of the 2,000-hp 2005 Ford GT from the folks over at Heffner Performance. We still can’t fathom how the staggering number of ponies under the hood can still make it a street-legal ride. Nevertheless, let’s get back to what makes this British number so special.

While details surrounding its upgrades are scarce, sources claim that the existing carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis is now lighter. Experts from Hennessey Performance wants to make the 2019 HPE800 McLaren 600LT ready for the track and at home on the streets. Given that the stock vehicle is already a masterpiece of design, it’s good to see minimal changes to its appearance. Aesthetic-wise, the exterior is immediately recognizable as the latest longtail. Likewise, the cabin flaunts plush Alcantara upholstery that oozes opulence all the way. We can’t wait to learn more about this custom in the future.

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Hennessey Reveals 2019 VelociRaptor with a 758hp V8

It has already featured within our top 10 from SEMA 2018, so you should know a little about the V8 transplant Hennessey performed on the 2018 Ford Raptor. It debuted last week at the SEMA motor show and will undoubtedly find a place among Ford Performance purists who prefer the V8 to the V6 that the current generation comes equipped with.

Named the Hennessey VelociRaptor, the biggest talking point is that the 450 hp twin turbo V6 EcoBoost engine has been replaced. Hennessey have instead fitted a specially modified Ford 5.0 litre V8 engine, with a supercharger, which helps to produce a peak output of 758 hp.

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As well as the power, Hennessey fit their own VelociRaptor bumpers front & rear, LED front lights, Stage 2 off-road suspension with a six-inch lift, Hennessey 20-inch alloy wheels and massive 37-inch BF Goodrich KM03 off-road tires.

The Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 manages to put down a 4.1 second 60 mph sprint with a quarter mile dispatched in 12.2 seconds at a terminal speed of 115 mph. That performance is all the more surprising when you consider the sheer size and the massive tyres.

Prices for the 2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 start at £147,950 which includes the Ford Raptor F150. Production will be limited to just 100 cars per year which each on receiving a 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty.

Hennessey F5 reveals 1,600-hp billet-aluminum twin-turbo V8

CARMEL, Calif. — We’ve heard a lot about the powertrain that will propel the Hennessey F5 supercar to its proposed 301-mph top speed. But each time we’ve heard about it, the details have been a little fuzzy. The only truly concrete details have been that it will have at least 1,600 horsepower, it will be unique, and it will be a V8. Well the details are more finalized now, since Hennessey showed the engine at The Quail Motorsports Gathering.

The engine is all-aluminum with cast aluminum heads, and a machined billet aluminum engine block. The result is a powerplant with a rather unique finish, and it features Hennessey and F5 logos machine-etched into the block. The block is reinforced with steel cylinder sleeves. The pistons are forged, too. It’s also an old-school pushrod design, rather than using double overhead cams. According to John Hennessey, the reason is mainly for packaging, as the pushrod design results in a small, light engine. Augmenting the relatively small external size is a dry-sump oil system.

Despite its physical size, the engine has a massive displacement of 7.6 liters, which falls between the two numbers that had been previously reported for the engine. Feeding the engine all the air it can consume are two large turbochargers at the ends of tubular stainless steel headers that provide 22 to 24 psi maximum. Current output is at least 1,600 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 1,300 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. John Hennessey says the engine could probably rev higher, but they’ll likely set the rev limiter at the 7,200 rpm mark.

Even with the engine finally revealed, not all of the specs are final. Hennessey told us that the output could be increased if more is needed to hit the 301-mph top speed. He did say that this is the baseline, though. He also reiterated that, while it won’t be made to be a lightning-fast track car, the company is still aiming for a sub-7-minute lap time at the Nürburgring. Hennessey will also build 24 examples, and 15 people have ordered it. The company has previously said the car will cost $1.6 million.

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Hennessey provides a peek at the Venom F5 hypercar’s interior

Hennessey Performance recently unveiled its upcoming Venom F5 hypercar, along with some impressive projected performance figures, including a claimed 301 mph top speed. But the unveiling only showed the exterior of the car. That will change on November 21 when the car’s insides are revealed, and the company also provided a peek at the steering wheel ahead of the debut.

What we can see is that the car has copious amounts of carbon fiber. The wheel appears to be made of carbon fiber, the dashboard is made of it, and it appears the LCD instrument panel is surrounded by it. Anything that isn’t made of exposed carbon fiber seems to be wrapped in leather or Alcantara.

The steering wheel is just covered in buttons, too, and even some toggle switches. Some of them are for usual car fare, such as the horn and turn signals, but there are some more exotic ones. There’s a button labeled “boost”, for example. It will be interesting to see if that’s for an overboost function for more pressure from the turbo for a short time. The gear selector even migrates to the steering wheel, appearing as a twist knob on the lower left of the wheel center.

We’re looking forward to seeing the full interior reveal on the 21st, but we’ll be looking forward even more to the final powertrain reveal. Though the company has announced the car will hit a top speed of 301 mph and have an original V8 design, John Hennessey has said that final powertrain details aren’t nailed down yet, and has left the door open for the engine having more than two turbos. The final car should start reaching customers around 2019 or 2020.

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