Hennessey already wants to have a crack at the C8 Corvette
There are several certainties in life. Death. Taxes. The DFS sale. Bands that should have died a death long ago getting back for "one last tour". Terry Funk coming out of retirement. I can go on. One of those certainties is the power-obsessed lunacy of John Hennessey and this time he's turned his attention to the latest iteration of the Chevrolet Corvette.
The Texas-based tuning house have announced they'll be offering up the full Hennessey treatment to those who want their mid-engined Corvette with enough power to stop planets. How much power you ask? Oh, only about 1,200 hp. No, I didn't type that wrong. Hennessey really wants to push a Corvette into Bugatti levels of power output. How does it manage that amount of power? Hennessey are going to be slapping two turbos onto the C8 Corvette's LT2 V8 engine, as well as giving it forged aluminium pistons, steel rods and other seriously beefed up internals.
The lunacy doesn't just stop at the power figures. Oh no. This is Hennessey, remember. The Hennessey Corvette is going to get a carbon fibre bodykit full of all those essential racy aero parts like front splitters, air dams a roof scoop and the pretty much obligatory absolutely massive rear spoiler. The suspension and brakes have also been massively beefed up compared to the standard Corvette, with Hennessey opting to get some of the beefiest brakes Brembo can make and top of the line Penske adjustable dampers. The wheels and tyres can also be upgraded to much racier items and, as expected, there's a stainless steel exhaust system available. Knowing that this is Hennessey, it probably sounds like the roar from something that only H.P. Lovecraft could dream up in his most nightmarish of fantasies.
Does the full fat 1,200 hp madness of the Hennessey Corvette seem a bit too much for you? Well, they've got you covered for that as well. At some point in the future they'll be offering a supercharger upgrade for the standard LT2 engine that's estimated to put out around 700 hp. Only 700. How pathetic. You probably think Greta Thunberg has some solid points, you un-American swine.
So, why is Hennessey doing this? Well, as the man himself has said, "The customers are telling us what they want and big surprise, they want more power." Well, of course they would. They're Hennessey customers. They won't be satisfied until the monstrous creations that come out of that small corner of insanity in Texas can spin the wheels into oblivion in any gear and at any speed. Polar ice caps be damned.