What's the Slowest Car Hennessey Makes? [w/Video]
The automotive world has sung praises of John Hennessey’s Texas tuning outfit, Hennessey Performance, and for good reason. Hennessey cranks out some of the gnarliest, high-powered street machines on this side of the Atlantic – from the Venom GT hypercar to 1,000-horsepower, twin-turbo Camaros. But even the slowest car in his sacred house of horsepower can still mix it up with the typical muscle car royalty. RELATED: Check Out Hennessey's High-Powered Venom F5 Supercar
And this is it – Hennessey’s HPE300 upgrade for the 2012-2013 Ford Focus ST. While the standard ST, which boasts 252 horsepower, is certainly no slouch – the HPE300 is simply more of a good thing.
At a cost of $1,495, Hennessey will ratchet on a custom cold-air intake and recalibrate the ST’s engine management to raise boost for an end result of around 300 horsepower at the flywheel. Its effect is obvious. John notes a slight amount of torque steer, but with the traction control turned off, the HPE300 has no trouble spinning the tires in second and third gear.
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For an extra aural kick, John can drop in a stainless steel cat-back exhaust that adds an additional 7 ponies to the mix.
Think it’s an affront to steadfast rear-wheel-drivedom? So be it. John explained that he actually daily drives his own HPE300 Focus ST. So if it’s good enough for the guy who builds 270 mph rear-drive hypercars, it’s good enough for anyone.
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