Hennessey Performance Engineering is keeping themselves busy fulfilling our insatiable lust for blowing excessive amounts of horsepower out of (or rather, into) our cars, having recently announced their plans to offer a leaner, more focused version of Chevy’s venerable ZR-1 Corvette for 2010. Hennessey makes the point that Porsche 911 owners have the option of upgrading to a GT3 RS for track day sessions, and Viper owners likewise have the ACR. But what for ZR-1 owners with speed in their veins and holes burning into their wallets?
Well, that’s where the Z700 comes to the rescue. More details and hi-res pics await you after the jump.
Only 24 examples of the Z700 will be produced. But each one comes with a litany of upgrades, the sum of which commands a wallopping $207,150 including the price of the car. First, there is the obligatory bump in horsepower, from 638 to 705HP at the flywheel, while the addition of carbon fiber seats and wheels reduce overall weight and rotating mass (the wheels alone scrubs 60 lbs). HPE also gives the slick exterior further aerodynamic enhancements, including a Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler, all of which add up to 300 lbs. of downforce keeping your planted on those sweeping corners. Finally, a comfy alcantara steering wheel and shifter nob rounds out the interior upgrades.
Now, anyone who’s followed HPE much knows how seriously they take their cars. Their flagship, the preternatural Venom Viper 1000 Twin Turbo, bested the Bugatti Veyron in an all out head-to-head speed competition for Road & Track. So, it should come as no surpise that HPE plans to prove that their Z700 is better than the standard car by flying out to Germany later this year to beat the ZR-1’s Nurburgring lap of 7:26. Whether or not this little title will sell more cars remains to be seen. But what is obvious is Hennessey’s obsession and passion for pushing each incredible car they touch to the pinnacle of their performance potential, and for that sort of car-mania, we salute them.
As far as the Z700 is concerned, though, whether or not the $120K premium over the base car is well spent probably depends on the owner. No doubt, all 24 cars will have no problem finding fabulously wealthy homes.