With all the talk of going green and all-electric, it’s nice to know there’s still some gear heads who are into high-octane gasoline performance. Hennessy Performance in Texas is all about internal combustion engines (ICE) and knows how to get the most out of them. What’s their next fun project?
Hennessy Performance is upgrading a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE to their HPE850 spec for a customer, but before they dial it up, they “scrub in the tires and test the rear wheel hp and torque” on their Dynojet chassis dyno.
In the video below, John Hennessy, owner of the high-performance shop outside of Houston, Texas, has a little fun with the Camaro ZL1 1LE. With its racing-based suspension and aero technologies, the ZL1 1LE represents the most extreme track-focused Camaro to date. But John Hennessy isn’t satisfied with the factory settings.
In stock form, the ultimate Camaro track-day model ZL1 1LE uses the 650-horsepower and 650 lb. ft of torque, supercharged LT4 V8 engine. Hennessy Performance is getting ready to upgrade the performance car with their HPE850 upgrade, but before they do, they do a quick burnout, and check the stock motor out on the dyno.
With the HPE850 upgrades, Hennessy says the 2018 ZL1 Camaro will dial up 735 RWHP and 706 rear wheel lb-ft of torque (858 HP/830 lb-ft Torque at the motor factoring a 15 percent driveline loss through factory manual transmission) running on Shell V-Power 93 octane fuel. How about 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, 10.4 seconds in the quarter model with a top speed of 210 mph? Yes please!
John Hennessy just recently took the bone stock Camaro ZL1 1LE for a test drive before they get busy with the HPE850 upgrades and says, even without any modifications, the track-day model, “Is a great performance value.” This ICE machine is about to get a lot more fun.
Watch 2018 ZL1 1LE Camaro Dyno Testing & Burnout video
Photo credit: Hennessy Performance