Hennessey is already working on performance upgrades for the new C8 Corvette.
After a painfully long wait, the mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray finally broke cover last week, and for us it was love at first sight. Under the hood is GM’s new 6.2-liter V8 that produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which enables the C8 Corvette to sprint from 0-62 mph in under three seconds. That’s very impressive considering there will be more powerful Z06 and ZR1 variants in the future.
It’s also only a matter of time before Hennessey extracts more performance from the mid-engined monster. In fact, a quick visit to the tuner’s website confirms that Hennessey Performance will soon offer a range of high-performance upgrades for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray, which will likely include a crazy 1,000-hp variant.
In the meantime, Hennessey is offering a range of tuning packages for the last-generation Corvette C7. Three tuning packages are available, ranging from 850HPE, which cranks up the ZR1 from 755 horsepower to 850 hp, to the insane 1200HPE if you think you can handle 1,200 ponies.
Sitting in the middle of the range is the 1000HPE, which extracts 1,000 hp and 966 lb-ft of torque from the ZR1. This enables the American sports car to sprint from 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 230 mph. To achieve insane power boost, Hennessey adds a high-flow air induction system, a custom HPE camshaft, ported cylinder heads, and upgraded Intake valves and exhaust valves among many other upgrades.
To show what it can do, Hennessey pitted the 1,000-hp Corvette against the Ferrari 488 GTB in a rolling start drag race. It’s hardly a fair race since the Ferrari 488 GTB has been left completely stock, meaning its 3.9-liter, twin-turbo V8 is producing 661 hp and 561 lb-ft.
Obviously, the 1,000-hp ZR1 was always going to win this race without breaking a sweat, but just how big was the gap? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. You may also want to turn up your speakers because the modified ZR1 is ear-shatteringly loud.