Hennessey Performance has been doing business in Texas for decades and as virtue of their location, the well known tuner has developed a relationship with the Texas State Police that has allowed them to test their new HPE600 package for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on a public road. While this testing process was technically set up to test the capabilities of a new toll road camera system with cars traveling at high speeds, it also afforded Hennessey the rights to show that they have built what is currently the world’s fastest C7 Corvette. To be exact, the Hennessey-tuned 2014 Stingray was able to hit a top speed of 200.6 miles per hour so as the first new Corvette to officially break the 200mph barrier – it is the fastest new Corvette in the world.
What is even more impressive than the fact that Hennessey got a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe traveling at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour is how little the Texas tuners had to do to get the new Vette moving that fast. Unlike many of the better known Hennessey-built cars that use forced induction to reach power levels beyond the 1,000 mark, the Hennessey Corvette in action in the video below was fitted with the HPE600 package that relies on natural aspiration and “only” packs 603 horsepower. Hennessey hits those numbers by adding unique cylinder heads, a new camshaft package, long tube headers and an engine tune that helps make the most of those simple modifications. In other words, heads, headers, a cam and a tune increases the output of the new LT1 engine from 460 horsepower (with the performance exhaust) to 603hp without compromising the ability to drive the car every day on the street.
It should be noted that Hennessey did need to pull something a little special out of their bag of tricks to get the white 2014 Corvette Stingray to hit the 200 mile per hour mark in the allotted space. To be specific, the car in action in the video below is equipped with an unspecified nitrous oxide setup that is controlled manually by test driver John Hennessey (it’s the button in his left hand). We don’t know how much of a nitrous shot this car was running but even without the nitrous setup – the new Hennessey HPE600 turns the 2014 Corvette into the fastest new Corvettes on the street.
In addition to the go-fast goodies mentioned above, the Hennessey HPE600 package for the 2014 Corvette also adds numbered engine and dash plaques, Hennessey exterior badging, Hennessey floormats and Hennessey carbon fiber door sills and the entire package is covered by a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty against defects.