Hennessey’s HPE1000 Jeep Trackhawk is so powerful that it can outrun a Lamborghini in a quarter-mile drag race.
Hennessey Performance is still very proud of their 1,000 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. So proud, they decided to put it up against an Italian supercar to see just how well it compares in a drag race.
The Jeep Trackhawk is not what you’d normally consider being an ideal drag racer, what with the whole “flying brick”-like aerodynamics, but this is no ordinary Jeep. Hennessey has taken the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk--already a ludicrously powerful beast thanks to the Dodge Hellcat’s engine--and tossed out the old supercharger in favor of one that’s almost twice as large.
A few more tweaks here and there (and almost an entire engine rebuild later), and the HPE1000 upgrade gives the Trackhawk 1012 hp and 569 lb-ft.
Meanwhile, we have a 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder. This would be more impressive if it were one of the Performante versions, but it’s unfortunately the slightly detuned LP-580 ones. This means rear-wheel-drive and just 572 hp coming from it’s naturally aspirated 5.2-L V10.
The HPE1000 Trackhawk boasts a zero to sixty speed of just 2.7 seconds. The Huracan Spyder takes 3.4 seconds. On paper, this isn’t even a contest, but the Trackhawk has all the aerodynamics of a falling house while the Huracan is sleek and angular, able to cut through the air as opposed to battering it aside.
But in this race, nothing can make up for the fact that the Trackhawk has nearly twice as much horsepower and AWD. Even with the Lambo getting a bit of a head start, the Trackhawk hauls out ahead and stays there until the end of the race.
Our Hennessey Performance host Alex fully admits at the end of the video that the Huracan would eventually overtake the Trackhawk if the race were to last longer than a quarter-mile, but since air resistance doesn’t become too much of a factor before 100 mph the Jeep is able to just outpace the Huracan until the finish line.
But hey--the Trackhawk is just meant to be ridiculous, and it achieves this goal admirably. Who cares if it means you're driving a nuclear-powered apartment building?