Hennessey Performance takes its 725 HP LS9 HPE700 Camaro to MSR Houston for road course testing.
Engineers ensure a quiet ride by filling a pressurized 2010 Chevrolet Equinox with smoke to test for leaks. And for a little fun they fill it with some other stuff. Weird stuff.
Based in Boston, U.S.A, Rapier Automotive has spent the past five years preparing its mid-engine supercar and is now finally taking orders. Being almost entirely hand-built, the Rapier Superlight Coupe, or SL-C for short, is completely customisable and can provide customers with different powerplant, color and interior options.
In terms of power potential customers can choose from three Chevrolet-derived engine choices, all of which can be dropped under the clamshell bonnet behind the passenger compartment. These include a base 6.2-litre LS3 V-8 with 480 horsepower, a 7.0-litre LS7 V-8 with 505 horsepower and a big dog supercharged 6.2-litre LS9 V-8 with 638 horsepower. The LS9 motor is the same unit from the Corvette ZR1 supercar.
Power is sent to the back wheels through a six-speed Ricardo manual transmission, and with a kerb weight of just 1,077 kgs, the Rapier is in fact Superlite will sprint to 100 kph from standing in less than 3.0 seconds and go all the way to a top speed of 357 kph.
The supercar uses an all-aluminum, monocoque chassis and is finished with composite body panels that gives the car a race look. To stop the beast, brakes with 13-inch rotors in the front and 11.8-inch rotors in the back are used both with six-piston calipers.
Pricing for American customers starts at $179,000 USD and test drives can be arranged through the company’s Boston headquarters.
Here is the baseline chassis dyno test of the 2010 HPE700 Camaro from Hennessey Performance Engineering. 645 rw hp & 653 rw torque from its supercharged LS9 at 14.5 psi boost and 93 octane pump fuel.
Bags sitting in the Malibu. The Bel Air driver would have died instantly
Climb those ramps!
700hp, 210mph, no windshield, and it comes with its own custom-made helmets for the owner
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