Hennessey unveiled today its latest creation: HPE700 Twin Turbo based on the 2014 Corvette Stingray. This new supercar comes with the same 6.2-liter V8 engine found on the standard version, but Hennessey installed a twin turbo system that uses a pair of precision ball bearing 62 mm turbochargers producing 7 psi of boost pressure.
The HPE system is handcrafted and uses mandrel-bent stainless steel tubing throughout and incorporates dual turbo wastegates. Moreover, twin blow-off valves found on the intercooler’s TIG-welded aluminum plenum are prominently displayed when the hood is opened. If the standard engine delivers 455 hp and 450 pound-feet of torque, thanks to Hennessey, the power delivered now is 707 hp and 661 pound-feet of torque.
The standard 2014 Corvette Stingray sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, while the new Hennessey HPE700 Twin Turbo zooms in just 2.9 seconds (1/4 mile in 10.5 seconds @ 135.4 mph or 218 km/h). Top speed is in excess of 210 mph or 338 km/h. As you can see from the photos, the HPE700 Twin Turbo 2014 Corvette Stingray also comes with a new CarbonAero carbon-fiber front spoiler, side sills and a rear lip spoiler, that provide additional overall downforce.
Pricing starts at $120,000 and includes the base Corvette Stingray with 3LT and Z51 factory options. Hennessey plans to produce only 24 examples of the HPE700 Twin Turbo Corvette for the 2014MY so you’d better hurry up if you want one!
Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design at Chevrolet, remarked that the aggressive exterior of the new Corvette Stingray is both functional and elegant.
He noted that developing a new Corvette isn't an easy task, although it is the dream of every designer. Parkinson said that the goal for the new Corvette was to give it a design that supports the car’s advanced technology while improving its overall performance. This design led to the birth of the new Corvette C7 Stingray, which Parkinson described as a groundbreaking car that stays faithful to the elements that make a Corvette a Corvette.
As designed, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray repeats no detail from its predecessors. The new sports car, however, still features the characteristic profile defined by a long dash-to-axle ratio, a greenhouse similar to the canopy of a fighter jet, and dual-element rear lamps. Thus, the design language of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is influenced by objects from nature (stingray) and aerospace (fighter jet).
Tom Peters, exterior design director, that a new Corvette could only be called a Stingray if it could deliver an incredible, purposeful visual impact. He noted that this visual impact is evident in stingrays and fighter jets, whose beauty are derived from their purpose – to cut through water or air quickly and efficiently. He remarked that the beauty of the new Corvette Stingray is relevant to its purpose, as made possible by every transition on its surfaces.
Further highlighting the purposeful beauty of Chevrolet Corvette Stingray are its lighting elements, like the indirect white LED units employs for the daytime running lights. These LED units are accommodated in black-chrome lamp housing with standard HID projector headlamps. In addition, the turn signals also employ LED units.