This will be Hennessey's first modified electric car.
For the last 28 years, Texas tuner Hennessey Performance has been making fast cars even faster and is best known for 1,000-horsepower versions of American muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Chevrolet Camaro ZR1, and Chevrolet Corvette ZL1. Recently, Hennessey also created a 1,000-hp Hellcat-powered Jeep Gladiator.
So far, however, the tuner hasn't tinkered with electric cars – but that is about to change very soon. Hennessey has announced it will be applying its tuning talents to the recently-unveiled Porsche Taycan, which will be the company's first modified electric vehicle.
"We've been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now," said company founder and CEO, John Hennessey. "We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV." Initially, Hennessey will upgrade the electric sports car's wheels, tires, and interior, as well as modify the exterior with more aggressive front and rear bumpers. "After that, we will see what might be possible in terms of adding more power," Hennessey said, without hinting at any possible power outputs.
The Porsche Taycan isn't exactly underpowered. As standard, two electric motors produce a combined 670 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque in the Taycan Turbo, while the range-topping Turbo S has an impressive 750 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. This setup enables the Turbo to accelerate to 62 mph from a standstill in three seconds, while the Turbo S will do the same sprint in just 2.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 161 mph in both models. Clearly, Hennessey thinks there's potential to extract even more power from the electric sedan, so don't be surprised if the tuner builds a 1,000-hp Taycan.
Hennessey is planning to take delivery of its Porsche Taycan development car soon after customer deliveries begin in the US next year. "Nearly all of our clients still want raw, powerful ICE engines. But some of them have begun to add an EV to their collections for daily driver duties," said Hennessey. "We don't want to reinvent the wheel in the electrified market, we just want to make it roll a little faster and cooler!"