See how well a Hennessey HPE750 Corvette upgrade handles itself against a Lamborghini Aventador.
Why would you ever feel the need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a flashy and ostentatious European supercar when you can get the same performance out of a Corvette for just a fraction of the price? That’s the selling point of Hennessey’s HPE750 Corvette Stingray upgrade, which turns a $50,000 sports car into a supercharged monster.
First, as is always the case with Hennessey, they give the Stingray more power. In this case, the LT1 V8 is supercharged with a blower operating at 7 psi. Then the engine is given a complete overhaul, with new stainless steel long-tube headers, a new exhaust, high-flow catalytic converters, ported cylinder heads, lightweight valves, heavy duty valve springs, a stronger camshaft, and an extreme-duty pushrod upgrade.
All this combined pushes the Stingray’s paltry 460 horsepower to just over 750 horsepower and 734 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 202 mph. Quarter-mile drag times are measured in the high-10-second range.
Those are supercar numbers, but how well does the HPE750 Corvette handle itself against an ACTUAL supercar?
To find out, Hennessey got a Lamborghini Aventador 700-4 to pit against their creation. The Aventador has a bit of an advantage on the line thanks to its four-wheel drive, so the racing portion of these tests is performed as a rolling race instead of the standard quarter-mile drag race.
As you can see, the HPE750 handles itself extremely well. Judging by the shifts, this HPE750 is in manual, and since it’s convertible, this is the heaviest and worst-performing version of the Stingray that Hennessey could field. And it still manages to beat the Aventador by half a car length.
So just say “no” to that McLaren you had your eye on. Save yourself some cash and get a Hennessey Corvette upgrade instead. You'll get all the fun and still have enough money left over to buy a small yacht.