The first C7 Corvette Stingray that breaks the double entry speed mark (200 mph) was driven by company founder John Hennessey.
There are a few cars in the world that can actually pass the 200 mph speed mark. And Hennessey's Corvette C7 is also included in the short list of these super cars. The new Corvette Stingray C7 by Hennessey has now entered in the exclusive double figure club.
Hennessey CEO, Don Goldman said: “We’re thrilled to have validated our upgraded C7’s performance at one of the best possible venues not only in America, but the world.”
The company has recently launched a new Corvette Stingray that is upgraded in terms of horsepower from Hennessey Performance (HPE). And the company founder John Hennessey has driven this car on new Texas toll road on December 11, 2013. This toll road is actually a closed section of the newly completed segment E of Texas State Highway 99 that is located in west of Houston. This new toll road section connects Interstate 10 with Highway 290 and it will open for the public tomorrow.
The C7 Corvette achieved a record speed of 200.6 mph on that new toll road, also known as the Grand Parkway. VBox GPS-based data acquisition system and radar courtesy of Texas DPS State Troopers have also verified this record run. Hence John Hennessey makes this first C7 Corvette that breaks the double-century mark.
“The road is perfectly smooth and the Corvette was very stable and easy to drive at 200 mph,” said driver and company founder John Hennessey. “I’d put the Texas highway system up against any other highway in the world, including the German Autobahn. Our roads have proven to be smooth and safe at speeds well above 200 mph. Of course, under normal driving situations, drivers should observe speed limits that have been determined to be safe for travel on the road.”
Hennessey not only tested the 200 mph C7 on new toll road, but also brought out its first HPE600 supercharged Chevrolet SS too. And the Chevrolet SS easily achieved 164.2 mph on the Grand Parkway despite being gear-limited.