Ever since 2009 when the engineering geniuses at GM brought back the Corvette ZR1 the name has been paralleled with speed. With well over 600 horsepower under the hood and speeds that would make even the raciest of people drop their jaws it only makes sense. But with 2010 comes a chance to make that ZR1 even faster.
For those with the need for ultimate speed and the pockets deep enough to afford it Hennessey Performance Engineering has developed their version of perfection; the Z700.
This limited edition upgrade will see the already stout 2010 Corvette ZR1 now pump out 705 bhp with 717 foot sounds of torque to go with it. So what does that mean to you?
Well if you are indeed one of the lucky few who will be able to get your hands on this limited upgrade then you will enjoy lots and lots of speed. The Z700 is capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds and will do 0 to 100 miles per hour in 6.4 seconds. Remember when 6.4 seconds was fast just for 0 to 60 miles per hour? You also get an amazing 10.6 second sprint in the quarter mile at top speeds in excess of 134 miles per hour. All and all this is one fast ZR1.
To accomplish their goals the folks at Hennessey start by upgrading the air induction system, the exhaust, and the super charger of the stock ZR1. After some rather complex tweaking they dyno test the engine to make sure it will get peak performance.
However, the engine is just the beginning of this Ultra-super Vette. The Z700 has many other upgrades both inside and out most notably:
- Wheels: Carbon fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires grace the special Corvette ZR1. The end result is a reduction of rotating weight by some 60 pounds.
- Z-Aero: Hennessey also puts on their trademarked Z-Aero package that adds to the overall down force of the Vette. This package includes carbon fiber canards, rear spoiler, and a front splitter for and addition of 300 pounds of overall down force.
- Interior: Carbon fiber seats are put into this monster machine as well as an Alcantara shift knob and steering wheel.
While these features merely scratch the surface of the ZR1 super upgrade they give a taste of just what is going into the Z700.
For the entire model year Hennessey is only planning to produce 24 of these street legal race cars. As an added bonus, the company has stated that ever driver who purchases the package will get a day of one on one performance driving school free of charge. That is probably so the buyer can learn how to drive something so fast without losing control.
Total cost including the ZR1 purchase will be just over $207,000 and while this price may seem outrageous by many consider how much some of the foreign name plates cost straight from the factory. With a Hennessey Z700 Corvette ZR1 limited edition a driver will be getting a vehicle capable of performing as well (if not better) than many of the Porsches, Ferraris, and other foreign name plates that still will end up costing twice as much or more.