The obsession with power and speed at Texas-based tuning company Hennessey Performance is a well-known phenomenon. Insane stats like 1,000 horsepower have become almost normalized thanks to their ridiculous modifications on a variety of production cars from the likes of Chevrolet, Audi, and Lotus. But now, Hennessey has bested even themselves, with the debut of their Jeep Trackhawk HPE1000 Supercharged Upgrade. Yes, the “1000” in HPE1000 stands for 1,000 horsepower, to go alongside a measly 969 lb-ft of torque.
For context, a standard Jeep Trackhawk comes with an optional supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 under the hood, a power plant shared with the legendary Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Hennessey then upgrades the supercharged itself to a 4.5-liter system that ups boost to 14 psi. Headers, a high-flow bypass valve, fuel injectors, and a high-flow air induction system also get crammed in their to allow the new engine management system to breathe.
The result is a four wheel drive Jeep that Hennessey claims can clock a 0-60 sprint in only 2.7 seconds, on the way to a ¼ mile time of 10.7 seconds at 132 miles per hour, when using 93 octane fuel. If those stats sound ludicrous for an SUV that weighs in at over 5,000 pounds, that’s because it puts the Jeep in the realm of a Tesla P100D in Ludicrous Mode. Other gasoline-powered supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren 650S will struggle to keep up off the line, and neither of those track stars offer the offroad capabilities of the Trackhawk HPE1000, which retains its four-wheel drive powertrain.
Of course, Hennessey is no stranger to the mythical 1,000 horsepower claim, recent additions to their impressive stable include an upgraded Chevy Camaro Exorcist package, which uses a similar supercharger to produce mind-boggling stats. Their Cadillac CTS-V packages include a series of packages including another HPE1000 offering. And don’t forget the Hennessey Velociraptor, a monstrous six-wheel drive reimagining of Ford’s F-150 Raptor.
Hennessey is not all about improving the already impressive performance of production vehicles, though, as their biggest project is the Venom F5, which figures to approach or beat the acceleration and top speeds of the world’s best, from Bugatti’s Veyron to Koenigsegg’s Agera.
But for now, consumers can rest easy knowing that on their grocery-fetching Jeep Trackhawk, Hennessey even throws in a one year/12,000 mile warranty for peace of mind.