This is how America does British super cars.
It’s not often that you see a US-based tuning company that specializes in good ol’ ‘merican muscle take on a British super car. Well, that’s exactly what Hennessey Performance did by designing a new McLaren MP4-12C tuning program that transforms the super car into an 800 horsepower chariot.
The new McLaren MP4-12C looked to shake up the super car world by taking down the longstanding marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche. In stock form, the MP4-12C does a superb job of mastering the everyday super car formula and giving drivers phenomenal performance figures.
But Hennessey Performance, the muscle car wizards of forced induction wanted more from the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine sitting behind the cockpit in the McLaren, so they developed and designed the HPE800 McLaren MP4-12C tuning program for the British super car.
“We’ve been taking fast cars and have been making them faster for over twenty years,” said company founder and president John Hennessey. “I spent a lot of time around the new 12C at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed and was very impressed. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take a great car and give it our own special performance touch while giving 12C owners a uniquely aggressive appearance”.
The HPE800 McLaren MP4-12C tuning program mainly focuses on the engine and exterior of the car. The 3.8-liter V-8 receives upgraded intercooler and intake systems, ball-bearing turbochargers, external wastegates and blow-off valves, a new Hennessey Performance exhaust system, and dyno tuned upgraded fuel and engine management systems as part of the HPE800 package. The upgrade sends output skyrocketing all the way to 800 horsepower, an increase of over 200 horsepower. To handle the added power, Hennessey Performance also installs an upgraded transmission cooler and clutch system.
With all that added American horsepower churning the rear wheels and rocketing the British super car to otherworldly speeds, Hennessey Performance created a new aerodynamic kit out of necessity. A new CarbonAero kit can be fitted as part of the HPE800 MP4-12C tuning program and helps to improve cooling, downforce, and high speed stability. In addition to the body kit, Hennessey Performance also offers monoblock wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
Customers can also choose to outfit the interior with an array of leather, alcantara, and carbon fiber.
The Hennessey Performance HPE800 McLaren MP4-12C tuning program will be available as an entire package with optional individual parts from their facilities in Texas and California. Pricing has not been released.
Hennessey HPE800 McLaren MP4-12C Tuning Specifications
• Upgraded intercooler system
• Upgraded air intake system
• Upgraded ball-bearing turbochargers
• Hennessey titanium exhaust system
• External wastegates
• External blow-off valves
• Upgraded fuel and engine management system
• Upgraded transmission cooler
• Upgraded transmission clutch system
• Custom dyno-tuned engine calibration
• Hennessey Warranty
• Maximum Horsepower: approx 800
• Hennessey CarbonAero body upgrade
• Hennessey Monoblock wheels
• Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
• Hennessey custom interior upgrades including carbon fiber, Alcantara and leathers
Hennessey HPE800 McLaren MP4-12C Tuning Gallery
Source: Hennessey Performance