Auto enthusiasts known that John Hennessey goes all out when it comes to super -charging cars at his Sealy, TX shop. In fact, Henessey Performance has made just about every kind of vehicle “fly” from the Ferrari 458 Spyder, which tore up Pebble Beach with 738hp this past August to a Ford Taurus.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Texas tuner convinced state police to shut down a part of the new State Hwy 99 so he could test out his new turbo-charged Corvette C7 Stingray a month before the car is even set to debut in Detroit.
“The road is perfectly smooth and the Corvette was very stable and easy to drive at 200 mph,” said Hennessey, who actually got the car up to 200.6 mph without breaking a sweat. “I’d put the Texas highway system up against any other highway in the world, including the German Autobahn. Our roads have proven to be smooth and safe at speeds well above 200 mph. Of course, under normal driving situations, drivers should observe speed limits that have been determined to be safe for travel on the road.”
The run was verified by both radar (courtesy of Texas DPS State Troopers at the scene) and the VBox GPS-based data acquisition system.
Hennessey pulled a similar stunt last year by convincing the State Highway patrol to the new toll road outside of Austin last year where is zoomed along at 220 mph a 1200 hp twin-turbo Cadillac CTS V-Coupe.
While the record-setting Corvette C7 utilized Hennessey’s HPE600 package featuring “long-tube headers, ported factory cylinder heads, high-flow catalytic converters, HPE camshaft and HPE tune-up, plus a Nitrous Express 100-hp nitrous oxide system,” the factory-direct 460 bhp version is nothing to sneeze at with a capability of hitting 180 mph on the open road.
To learn more about Hennessey’s super stingray, as well as his other high-charged cars, contact Hennessey Performance at 9281 SW Interstate 10, Forntage Rd., Sealy, TX 77474 979 885-1300.