When talking about performance cars, what is more fun than adding more horsepower? Improving looks? No, that’s just not as fun. In the world of performance, speed and numbers are almost everything. When it comes to this, Hennessey Performance is one of the best tuners you can trust. Their ever working recipe never changes, although it gives results that vary according to what they specify. But there’s one thing that is most important here, it’s always about increasing the vehicle’s brutality.
Hennessey always pushes a car to go beyond factory boundaries by adding more grunt than the chassis can effectively handle. This time they did it to the already-powerful Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which packs a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 making 707 hp. For some people, this output may be enough, but not for some others who need 1,000 hp to be satisfied, and this is exactly what the tuning house can give to the beast through its HPE1000 tuning kit.
With this upgrade, the Challenger Hellcat gains a bigger supercharger that ups the displacement to 4.5 liter and produces 14 psi of boost, in addition to other new components like a bigger throttle body, new high-flow fuel injectors, high-flow catalytic converters, stainless steel long tube headers and a high-flow supercharger bypass valve. After the modification is done, the car will punch out 1,012 hp at 6,500 rpm and 969 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm, enabling it to dash from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
Of course, such quickness can only be achieved if you’re an experienced driver of fast cars. Because even if you’ve heard many times on the news about cars with 1000 hp, only watching them going fast and actually driving them to the max are two completely different things. The latter is not easy at all to do as a thousand horsepower is a lot to deal with. As you can see in the tuner’s validation testing clip, skilled drivers make sure everything works through extensive on-road testing.