We know better than to mess with a guy from Texas.
As you may have already read, John Hennessey, founder and owner of Texas-based Hennessey Performance, is being accused of engaging (again) in bad business practices. Angry customers and ex-employees claim he has used customer deposits to build other peoples’ cars, uses subpar parts, fails to complete cars on time, and stalls for time when it comes to refunds. Pretty serious accusations, but still, Hennessey has produced a number of amazing tune jobs. Here are five of our favorites:
Ah yes. The one and only Hennessey Venom GT. You know this one. It’s the car that destroyed the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s top speed record a few years ago. Powered by a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 spitting out a total of 1,244 hp and 1,155 lb-ft of torque, the Venom GT has a proven top speed of 270.49 mph. The Veyron Super Sport? 267.856 mph. Fast is fast.
Dodge built its Challenger Hellcat to be pretty nutso right out of the box, but Hennessey figured he could do better. Because Texas. Starting off with the Hellcat’s famed 6.2-liter supercharged V8, Hennessey and crew added a twin-turbo system that works in tandem with the factory supercharger. Depending on which kit you opt for, the top-of-the-line HPE1000 boosts performance from 707 hp to over 1,000 hp.
One of the customers accusing Hennessey of wrongdoing had placed an order for a modified C7 Corvette Z06. It’s a shame he never received the car because he’s missing out on something awesome: the HPE800 Z06 Vette. As its name suggests, it produces over 800 hp and sounds absolutely brutal. If you’re ballsy enough, there’s also the HPE1000 version. Like most of Hennessey’s cars it retains its stock appearance; only the engine, exhaust, and other mechanical components are touched.
How could we not include the VelociRaptor? Its formula is very simple: start with Ford’s already badass F-150 Raptor, then supercharge it. Add a high-flow air induction system and stainless-steel exhaust, upgraded fuel injectors and an engine management calibration and voila! The previous generation VelociRaptor was even showcased on the now previous generation of "Top Gear." Oh, that particular truck was also recently up for sale, too.
Love the Challenger Hellcat but have a family to tote around? No problem, because Dodge is more than happy to sell you a Charger Hellcat and Hennessey is more than happy to give it an upgrade. How about a 1,000 hp+ upgrade? We’re down for that.