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Friday, 9 January 2009

Hennessey creates a mix of Camaro and ZR1 with HPE700

Hennessey has presented a Chevrolet Camaro most fans would like to see mass produced. It has called the car HPE700. As this beast's name suggests, the new car is a Camaro on the outside, but it has 715 bhp (526 kW) and 810 Nm of torque under the hood thanks to an upgraded LS9 engine, used by Corvette ZR1.

Besides the powerful engine, Hennessey has also made changes to the car suspension and brakes. Optionally, this special Camaro can be equipped with the same 15-inch carbon brakes that are fitted to ZR1. HPE700 also presents HRE lightweight wheels with Michelin PS2 tyres.

Considering the high speeds this vehicle can reach, Hennessey has created an aerodynamics package that improves downforce at high speed. Called Cam-Aero, it has most of its itens made of carbon fibre, for resistance and low weight, such as the rear lip spoiler, side rocker panels and front splitter. The company will also offer HPE700 buyers a 1-day performance driving course at Lonestar Motorsports Park, in order to make sure they will take the most of their new toy without hurting themselves. Just as ZR1, HPE700 proudly allows its engine to be seen through its transparent hood.

With a base price of US$ 109,500, this limited series Camaro (Hennessey does not inform how limited it is) will be available in selected Chevrolet dealers in the USA and directly at Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), in Texas. The first one, anyway, will go to the house of the proud bid winner at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction.


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Source: Hennessey Performance Engineering via AutoBlog

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