The automotive world has been anticipating a new generation of Chevrolet Corvette for quite some time. In January, 2013, they finally got their wish as General Motors unveiled the all-new C7 generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The American sports car is all new and follows the successful V-8, rear wheel drive formula while making progress in a number of different aspects compared to the previous C6 generation models. The new sports car may not be on dealership lots yet, but the team at Hennessey Performance has already created a full aftermarket tuning program for the C7 Corvette Stingray. The new upgrade program includes a full rebuild of the new 6.2-liter V-8 engine, some body work, chassis components, custom Corvette wheels, and interior pieces to set it apart from the new models on the market.
The first and biggest part of the upgrade program besides the chassis, custom Corvette wheels, interior, and exterior was the full engine rebuild for the Corvette Stingray. A team of professionals disassembles the engine completely and given a new forged block and balancing. The naturally aspirated V-8 gains a set of forged aluminum pistons, forged steel rods and crankshaft, custom camshafts, high flow cylinder heads, high flow fuel system with injectors, dual air induction filters, and stainless steel inlet piping. The engineering team then installed a set of ball bearing turbochargers along with stainless steel inlet piping, electronic boost controller, dual wastegates, air-to-air intercooler, and a full stainless steel exhaust system with downpipes, catalytic converters, and mufflers to optimize backpressure. All of the new components are tied together with a new ECU management system and tested on a dynometer for reliability and performance. The end result is a total of 1,000 horsepower being sent to each of the rear custom Corvette wheels for blisteringly fast acceleration and top speed.
The exterior was also modified to handle the top speed and acceleration that the new HPE1000 Corvette Stingray is capable of achieving. The front was outfitted with a new carbon fiber diffuser while the rear end wears a carbon fiber spoiler lip and diffuser setup to generate downforce. Each of the factory rims were removed and replaced with custom Corvette wheels that measure 20 inches up front and 21 inches at the rear and sport a red pinstripe and polished chrome finish. Behind the wheels sit a new set of high performance springs to ensure proper handling. Bringing the sports car to a stop is a new high performance Brembo brake setup.