Picture it: you’re speeding down the highway, with no one else on the road for miles, eventually speeding past the Texas Highway Patrol who clocks you at nearly 200 mph. Then they… do nothing. This is the stuff dreams are made out of, that is unless you’re John Hennessey.
Hennessey Performance Engineering is no stranger to making fast cars go even faster. Most recently, HPE has been hard at work developing performance packages for the 2014 Corvette Stingray, like the HPE600 package, which includes high-flow cylinder heads, long-tube headers, custom HPE camshaft and an HPE engine management calibration.
HPE decided to see what their HPE600 Corvette can do by taking it for a top speed run on a wide open Texas-toll road. The Texas Department of Transportation closed down the Houston Grand Parkway for Hennessey to test the car, while simultaneously testing out their new EZ Tag System. The system allows for electronic toll collection without motorists having to stop at a toll booth. In case you’re wondering, yes, it still managed to capture the license plate of the car, even at 200 mph. Those of you who watch Myth Busters may have already figured this.
HPE performed a similar stunt earlier this year with a tuned Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
John Hennessey himself strapped into the car for the full-tilt freeway blast. With a helpful 100 shot of nitrous, the HPE600 Corvette was able to hit 200.7 mph, making it the first C7 to break the mighty 200 mph mark. Check it out in the video below.