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Hennessey Performance has released a short clip on Instagram of their 1,000 horsepower 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray blasting down a Texas highway at speeds that are likely way more than double the posted speed limit – with hoards of Texas State Troopers gathered around to watch the super-tuned C7 in action.

Hennessey Performance Engineering has been building some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world just a stone’s throw from Houston Texas since 1991 and after 22 years in business – the company has acquired an obvious measure of “pull” with the local community. In fact, Hennessey has enough local connections that Texas State Police were willing to temporarily shut down a stretch of Texas toll road SH-130 to see how fast Hennessey could get their new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray moving on a public road.

The irony of this whole situation is that if a “normal person” was caught driving a 2014 Corvette Stingray in a similar fashion to the Hennessey C7 shown – or even at a fraction of the speeds exhibited by the Hennessey Corvette – they would be quickly thrown in jail and the car would be impounded…provided that the local fuzz could catch them. However, since Hennessey obviously knows people who know people in the Texas law enforcement community, the well-known tuner shop was able to put this little stunt together for gearheads to enjoy. Is this a responsible use of taxpayer money with countless police officers and what appears to be pretty significant number of construction workers standing around watching the bright white C7 scream down the highway? No. Does that make this short clip any less awesome to watch? Also no. After all, if these cops and road workers weren’t standing around watching a 2014 Stingray travel at speeds that are likely well over 200 miles per hour they would likely just be standing around drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and causing traffic problems so while the anti-performance car movement will gripe about this video being bad on a variety of levels – it is still an impressive piece of automotive action.

Unfortunately, Hennessey hasn’t stated yet just how fast their tuned and turbocharged 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was traveling as it blasted down the Texas toll road, but after the Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V Coupe with the VR1200 twin turbo package topped 220 miles per hour; I would guess that the lighter and more aerodynamic Corvette achieved similar speeds – if not greater speeds. The details on the Corvette in action are also not specified just yet but considering that Hennessey was quick to promote their 1,000 horsepower package for the 2014 Stingray shortly after it was introduced, we would guess that this Corvette could have very similar power specs to those of the 1,226 horsepower Caddy that helped Texas State Troopers test their speed camera system last October.

After that incredible high speed run in the 1,200+ horsepower Cadillac CTS-V Coupe last October, Hennessey issued a nice, well produced video showing the 220 mile per hour run from the inside and out. Provided that the Hennessey Corvette Stingray hit the numbers that the company was expecting as it rocketed along SH-130, I would expect to see a similar video including better footage, more information on the car and – of course – a better idea of just how fast this wicked twin turbo C7 got going under the watchful eye of the Texas State Police.

Go to the original source to see the video.

Original source: Hennessey C7 Corvette Stingray Shatters the Speed Limit While Surrounded by Texas Troopers - Torque News
 

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200.6 righteous MPH - Per Motor Trend. Link with video below. Ye- haaaaaa! :D

A 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with the Hennessey HPE600 upgrade is the first C7 Corvette to break the 200 mph barrier. Driven by company founder John Hennessey, the tuned Corvette Stingray hit 200.6 mph on a closed section of Texas highway. Hennessey 2014 Chevrolet Corvette 03 Rear “The road is perfectly smooth and the Corvette was very stable and easy to drive at 200 mph,” said Hennessey, in a release. “I’d put the Texas highway system up against any other highway in the world, including the German Autobahn. Our roads have proven to be smooth and safe at speeds well above 200 mph.” Read more about 200-mph runs: Gunning for 200 mph in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Verified by a VBox GPS-based data acquisition system as well as radar from Texas DPS State Troopers, the 200 mph run was made on a newly completed section of Texas State Highway 99, which connects Interstate 10 with Highway 290. The new toll road opens to the public later this weekend. Hennessey 2014 Chevrolet Corvette 19 2014 Chevrolet Ss Crew Where the 2014 Corvette Stingray with the Z51 package packs 460 hp, the Hennessey HPE600 package boosts power to 600 hp. The package includes long-tube headers, ported factory cylinder heads, high-flow cats, HPE camshaft and HPE tune. A Nitrous Express 100-hp nitrous oxide system bumped the record-setting car’s power up to 700 hp. While the 200 mph run was made with a modified engine and a nitrous kit, the tuner is set to release the HPE700 supercharged package that boosts power up to 700- hp without nitrous. The HPE700 supercharged kit includes a TVS2300 supercharger, HPE custom camshaft, air induction system, high-flow heads, long-tube headers and HPE tune. That kit is expected to cost $22,500 including installation. Hennessey 2014 Chevrolet Ss 21 Head On The first HPE600 supercharged Chevrolet SS sedan hit a gear-limited 164.2 mph on the same stretch of highway, which is also referred to as the Grand Parkway. This isn’t the first time Hennessey has used a newly finished section of Texas highway to reach top speed. Last year, the 1000-hp Cadillac CTS-V VR1200 hit 220.5 mph on the SH130 toll road between Austin and San Antonio. That car featured a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V-8. Check out the video below of John Hennessey’s record setting run in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray HPE600 plus nitrous. Source: Hennessey Performance Engineering

Read more: Hennessey?s 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Hits 200.6 MPH - Motor Trend WOT
 

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One thing I did find interesting (and relevant) is that the OEM speedometer display was right on the money throughout the entire run with the GPS based test equipment. I was also a bit surprised that he decided to hit the nitro around the 160 mark rather than later towards the 180 mark. :cool:
 

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I would like to see the data from the RaceLogic box. I am pretty sure they were collecting tons of data; including the time it took to get to 60 mph, 100 mph, etc. I sent an email to Hennessey and hopefully they will share -
 

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I don't get it. Stock Z51 top speed is 190 mph, but need 700 hp to reach 200? Should reach 225?

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Well C6 Z06s and 427 convertibles go in the 193-197 range with a claimed 505 SAE flywheel horsepower and the ZR1 get about 209-210 with 638. Remember that drag goes up proportionally with the square of velocity. Also, 700 is what Hennessey claims. They don't publish a dyno sheet showing RWHP.
 

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I don't get it. Stock Z51 top speed is 190 mph, but need 700 hp to reach 200? Should reach 225?

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It all depends on the distance you have to do it in. They haven't released what the distance was.
 

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It all depends on the distance you have to do it in. They haven't released what the distance was.
Yelp, if you watch the video you will see he had less than 60 seconds to do it in. I was wondering the same thing myself of why he pushed the button so soon, then I saw that the toll reader "finish line" came up not too long after that.

RE-EDIT (math error the first time) just rewatched the video. From a standing stop, 22 seconds to 148 MPH. Hit the button. 34 seconds after that, he hit 200 MPH. 2 seconds after that, he went through the toll reader "finish line" and was going 200.6 MPH. 58 seconds total run.
 

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For example the ZR-1 stock, runs about 177 in the mile.
 

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I just watched the vid again, the run is just under one minute. A 175-180mph pass at the mile takes about 30 seconds depending on the car and if its a strong launching car or a high end charging car. Keep in mind the mile is a trap speed and not a radar/gps speed, so the car is actually traveling a bit faster than the trap speed.
 

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Fixed my previous math error.
 
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