On December 11th, 2013, the police sealed off a section of a Texas highway. Highway 99 was about to witness the setting of a record. The land speed of a car was about to be redefined by none other than John Hennessey himself. With a highly tuned version of the corvette C7, Hennessey himself was at the wheel, and the cops were looking. They were using the event to do a test of their own too. Would the police toll road RFID system catch Hennessey?

To show off its work, Hennessey put a HPE600 upgrade, along with a 100 horsepower Nitrous Express kit, into a C7 Corvette and let the car loose on a closed section of the Grand Parkway in Texas with amazing results

The vehicle used in the test. In the background is a police chase car

The vehicle used in the test. In the background is a police chase car

Once the key was turned in the ignition, there was no turning back. Hennessey described the event as a turning point and an achievement for him. He hit the holy grail of vehicle land speed of 200 mph and then some 0.6MPH on top of it. The police too got an achievement of their own, since their systems caught the car in its cameras, and the plates were clearly captured for all to see.

And there is proof

And there is proof

In John’s words, if you are planning on hitting 200MPH on a Texas highway, you will be in for a rude shock.

If you are interested in buying a corvette, keep in mind that Hennessey will be making 24 800-hp HPE800 models as well as 12 1000-hp HPE1000 Twin-Turbo models. 24 lucky buyers are in for quite the treat, because they’ll be getting a pair of turbos, a stainless-steel exhaust, an air-to-air intercooler, upgraded fuel system, HPE engine calibration, and, of course, very professional installation. A one-year or 12,000-mile warranty also is included, and buyers can go nuts and add Hennessey CarbonAero spoilers and a body kit, Hennessey wheels, Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, a Penske adjustable suspension, custom interior leathers, and carbon-fiber interior trim.

Now we know what the sports car can do with 700 horsepower — break 200 miles per hour.

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