Atelier Hennessey introduced a 1200-strong version of the new Ford Shelby GT500August 30, 2019
Texas-based Hennessey tuning studio is ready to offer owners of the Ford Shelby GT500 2020 model year three levels of increased engine performance. If in the first case, the power of the V8 rises to 850 hp, then in the most powerful, this figure is 1200.
Just a couple of months after Ford unveiled the specifications for the new Shelby GT500 2020 model year, Hennessey has presented three different power-up packages for the sports coupe. While the most powerful supercharged V8 ever installed in a production car boasts 760 horsepower (847 Nm) in standard form, the American tuner can bring this value to 850 hp. and 983 Nm. This “package” of upgrades is called the Venom 850.
This is followed by the Venom 1000, which is able to increase the engine power to 1000 hp, while the moment will increase to 1152 Nm, but we have the feeling that most customers will be interested in receiving the flagship version of the Venom 1200.
If you set this level of productivity increase, then the 5.2-liter unit is quite capable of competing with the engine from the French Bugatti Veyron Super Sport hypercar. In this case, the Ford Shelby GT500 will be able to produce 1200 hp. and already at 7000 rpm, provided that the engine runs on E85 or racing fuel. The maximum torque will be 1356 Nm.
How Hennessey can extract an extra 440 hp and 508 Nm? Two turbines were added and the fuel system was replaced. In addition, more powerful pistons and connecting rods, a special stainless steel exhaust system, an upgraded intercooler and a high-pressure air intake system are installed. To ensure that the seven-speed two-speed automatic transmission can handle all this extra power, Hennessey modified the car’s gearbox.
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