Hennessey Performance unveils the Ford Taurus SHO MaxBoost 445

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2013

Hennessey has just the thing for you if you have the need for speed but are on a limited budget. Hennessey is now offering more options for you aside from the Vipers, CTS-Vs and Raptors, and the Venom GT. Hennessey has given additional power to the Ford Taurus SHO. Not a lot can be done about the weight, except for a jettisoning of the back seat much like Car Craft, some door panels and other “unnecessary” ballast.

However, turbocharged engines can be easily tuned so Hennessey worked on the Ford Taurus SHO and gave it a boost from 365 to 445, while its torque rose from 350 to 405 in its MaxBoost 445 transformation. As a result, its performance improved from good to excellent, placing the MaxBoost Taurus in the same level as the contemporary BMW 550i.

It’s also faster than iconic models like the 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo, 1990 Lamborghini Diablo, and the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. Hennessey has released a video that shows off its previous work done on a Lincoln MKS.

So if you want a MaxBoost package, there are several packages available for the Lincoln MKT, MKS, and the Ford Flex and Explorer as the transverse 3.5 EcoBoost is now available. The MaxBoost 445 package costs $4495. But for that price, the driver feels the excitement of getting 80 hp and 55 lb-ft of torque power from the vehicle.

When talking about the quality of the Ford Taurus, it all starts with refining the design. Using the redesigned 2010 model as the basis, the new Taurus now reveals a more muscular hood. Its stance has been made sportier as well mainly due to the wheels being made larger, which when combined with the tires, managed to fill out the whole openings of the wheel-well.

By raising the quarter panels in the rear, this allowed the full LED taillamps to be larger. All of these meant that the new Taurus is more athletic, substantial, and streamlined. This was done without any added weight or increase in the vehicle’s overall dimensions. A new feature in the Taurus is the curve control. This is a unique innovation from Ford which helps with the brake control.

What it does is that when the system determines that the driver appears to have entered a curve too fast, it immediately slows the vehicle down. Through the four-wheel smart braking, the speed of the vehicle can be lowered by as much as 10 mph within a second. One innovative feature that enthusiasts will surely love is the torque vectoring control.

In addition to being able to experience the dynamics benefit, customers are likely to be happy to know that this will be included as standard. Typically seen in high-ticket sports cars, the torque vectoring control will be exclusive to the Taurus. What this feature offers is that when the vehicle is accelerating and going through a corner, a small amount of braking force is applied to the outside front wheel.

While the brake force is indeed minimal, the effect is the same as what one would get from a limited-slip differential. Thus, the new Taurus gives a more maneuverable feel to it, in addition to also feeling small. More control is also offered when going quickly through curves. As such, this feature can help build confidence especially for less seasoned drivers.

There is no question that when it comes to quality, enhanced driving dynamics is one that the driver will feel. A lot of components have been tuned, aside from a sweeping transition to EPAS, to make this possible like optimizing the dampers and spring and putting in a hard-mounted steering rack having faster ratio. This not only improves the vehicle handling of the Taurus but also mixes it with a ride quality that is enhanced.

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