Because of course Hennessy is going to go nuts.
We were wondering how long it would take Hennessey to turn its attention to the all-new Corvette. Not long was the answer, and now the Texan tuner has announced plans to build a 1,200-horsepower version of the 2020 C8 Corvette and call it the HPE1200.
That additional lump of power will come from a specially designed twin-turbo system, but Chevrolet's LT2 V8 engine will have to be upgraded and built to withstand the challenge of all the horses and extra torque. Of course, Hennessey is already on the case there.
The tuning company claims the HPE1200 twin-turbo C8 Corvette will use a specially built LT2 V8 engine with upgraded engine internals, including forged aluminum pistons, modification to a 10.0:1 compression ratio, and forged steel connecting rods. Just upgrading the engine isn't enough, though, and, according to Hennessy, the HPE1200 will also "incorporate an upgraded and fortified factory dual-clutch automatic transmission and a full Brembo brake system." Hopefully, it will also include the awesome roof scoop on the renderings Hennessy has put together to go with its announcement.
The roof scoop to keep the air flowing to the cooling system isn't the only addition to the bodywork of the Corvette in the works. Hennessy also "plans to offer its signature CarbonAero carbon fiber body upgrades," which will include a front splitter and air dam, and a rear carbon fiber wing. Also on the menu is a Brembo upgrade, an adjustable Penske supplied suspension, and wheel and tire upgrades.
Before the HPE1200 arrives, the company will offer a supercharger system upgrade once the ability for computer tuning is unlocked, as well as a stainless-steel exhaust system. Hennessy also notes that it has now sold 500 modified C7 Corvettes as well, and it'll be interesting to see the take rate on the already more powerful C8 version.