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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Hennessey SRT600?

SRT600

This might look like an ordinary Jeep Grand Cherokee, but with a uniquely located turbo (underneath the transmission) courtesy of John Hennessey, it’s now a Super Cherokee. Though Hennessey was just featured on DYH’s Tuner Tuesday for his 1000hp Viper, it’s hard to not give him a repeat showing with vehicles like this. The $27,900 SRT600 package turns an already powerful 420hp V8 into a ridiculously powerful 620hp monster, complete with a two year warranty. Seeing as the Jeep already pulls a .9 on the skidpad, has four wheel drive, and comes with all of the luxury any SUV owner could desire, Hennessey kept things simple and focused on the engine. Upgrades include:

  • Forged Pistons (9.5:1 compression ratio)
  • Forged Steel Connecting Rods
  • Ported & Polished Cylinder Heads
  • Balanced & Blueprinted Assembly
  • Single Turbocharger
  • Stainless Steel Turbo Headers
  • Single 44 mm Wastegate
  • Stainless Steel Dual 3 in. Exhaust System with Polished 4 in. Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips
  • Front Mounted Air-to-Air Intercooler
  • 3.5 in. Polished Inlet Tube with Blow-Off Valve
  • Upgraded Fuel Pump & Fuel System

So what does all that give you? How about:

  • 0 – 60 mph: 3.5 seconds
  • 0 – 100 mph: 8.9 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 11.9 seconds @ 116 mph

Just to put that in perspective, your Hennessey powered grocery getter will now beat a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S in the quarter by more than a second. But the Cayenne is just another SUV, what about cars? Glad you asked. The SRT600 will also win in a quarter mile drag if you go against any of the BMW M cars, all of the Mercedes AMG cars except for the SL65, the Audi S6, the Corvette, the Porsche 911 S, and even the Lamborghini Gallardo. The only cars that manage to best the beast are the 911 Turbo and the Corvette Z06, though they only manage to do it by a half of a second (and their trunks are just about big enough for a pair of swim trunks).

Fast is good.

[Hennessey SRT600]

[Car And Driver – Hennessey SRT600]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Saleen?

Saleen History

Steve Saleen started out like any other Mustang tuner, adding more horsepower, more handling, more good looks, and more sexy to an already potent platform. Since the mid ‘80s, he’s been testing, tuning and tweaking his cars to get every last bit of performance out of the blue oval.

Saleen S7

Then, in 2000, Saleen did something that few others in the car world have been able to master: he designed and built his own car. The jump from bolting parts onto an existing car to designing your own car from the ground up is huge, but the S7 quickly dominated both the track and the street, proving that Americans can play the supercar game just as well as the Europeans can.

Saleen Mustang

Saleen’s current line-up includes the S7 (with 1000 twin turboed horsepower), the S281 Mustang (including a 550 horsepower Extreme version), the S331 Sport Truck (including a 450 horsepower supercharged version), and the new Parnelli Jones limited edition collaboration Mustang. If it’s fast, and it’s American, chances are, it’s Saleen.

[Saleen, Inc.]

[Wikipedia – Saleen]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Hennessey?

Hennessey Engine

Hennessey is the self-proclaimed “Home of the World’s Quickest, Fastest & Most Powerful Vipers”, and after seeing their latest creation, I have no reason to doubt that claim. The 2007 Venom 1000 Twin Turbo SRT is a force to be reckoned with, featuring 1000 hp and 1100 lb-ft of torque from the 8.4 liter (522 cubic inch) stroker motor.

Hennessey Front

Hennessey Rear

With 0-60 times of 2.9 seconds, 0-100 times of 5.8 seconds, and a top speed of 255 mph, the number of cars that will outperform this beast can be counted on a single finger. Power comes from twin Garrett ball bearing turbos and a host of other engine tweaks including a front mounted air-to-air intercooler. Aesthetic modifications include a VenomAero body kit comprised of a front airdam, rear diffuser and a spoiler.

Hennessey Wheel

Traction (or what’s left of it) is improved with a lowered suspension featuring adjustable coil over shocks, a Brembo upgraded brake system, a differential upgrade, and Hennessey Venom 7R forged aluminum wheels (19×10 in the front, 20×13 in the rear) sporting Michelin Pilot tires.

Hennessey Interior

Inside, you’re treated to Connelly leather seats, 5-point racing harnesses, a DVD navigation system, and custom floor mats. They even throw in a 2 year, 24,000-mile warranty (though it probably doesn’t cover the damage you’ll do when you park it around a tree). Thankfully, to aid in your survival, each purchase comes with a 1-day private track session with famed instructor Brian Smith (who, being a Viper test pilot, might just have the best job in the world). If looks to kill for and performance to die for don’t get your heart pumping, just consider the fact that you’re getting better performance than a Bugatti Veyron for 1/7 the price. At just $225,000, you better hurry your little millionaire ass off though, as they’re only going to let 24 lucky buyers in on the chance to solidify their place in the automotive history books.

Super Car Comparison:

Hennessey Venom Twin Turbo SRT Coupe

  • 1000 hp
  • Top Speed: 255 mph
  • 2006 Production: 24 units
  • Cost: $225,000

Bugatti Veyron

  • 1001 hp
  • Top Speed: 253 mph
  • Worldwide Production: 300 units
  • Cost: $1.7M

Ferrari Enzo

  • 660 hp
  • Top Speed: 225 mph
  • Worldwide Production: 349 units
  • Cost: $1M

Porsche Carrera GT

  • 605 hp
  • Top Speed: 205 mph
  • Worldwide Production: 1200 units
  • Cost: $484,000

Mercedes McLaren SLR

  • 617 hp
  • Top Speed: 208 mph
  • Worldwide Production: 800 units
  • Cost: $570,000

[Hennessey Performance Engineering]

[Via: Serious Wheels]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: You?

Edit: Somehow this didn’t make it out on Tuesday, but here it is anyways.

Are you the type of person who lives in your garage, trying to squeeze every last drop of horsepower and handling out of your grocery getter? Do you think speedy and sideways are much better ways of driving than slow and safe? Are you hoping to one day be featured on DYH’s Tuner Tuesday? If you answered yes to any of the above, then today is your day. That’s because tuning is all fun and games, but seat of the pants feel for improvements can only take you so far. Eventually, you’re going to need some cold hard numbers to back up your claims of monster horsepower and dangerous drifting. Enter: DriftBox and GTech-Pro. These devices are designed to spit out more data from your windshield than you ever thought possible. So what makes these things tick?

DriftBox

DriftBox

The DriftBox is “a powerful GPS based Performance meter that can also measure the drift angle of your car and your lap time”. Designed for the sliders, it’s a professional level tool based on the same system the judges of the Japanese D1 Grand Prix series. It measures time, distance, speed, position, g-force, lap times, and drift angle 10 times a second using a high performance GPS engine and sophisticated motion sensors. If you’re looking to slide your ride but you want to know more than just “Hey, that felt right”, then pick up a DriftBox and put a judge on the inside.

G-Tech Pro

GTech-Pro

Since 1994, GTech-Pro has been the leader in the performance meter market. Their current lineup, the SS and RR, give you more information than you ever thought possible from one little box. They measure horsepower, torque, 60 ft. times, 1/8 and 1/4 mile times, 0-60 and 0-100-0 times, handling Gs, and even serves as your tachometer with a built in multi-stage shift light. Using three separate sensors, GTech claims accuracy of +/- .4 mph, +/- .01 seconds, and +/- 2% for the power figures, and has over 10 years of experience to back up those claims. If you’ve always wondered just what that new air filter or exhaust system did to your power, the GTech system has your answer.

So if you’re the type of person who is looking to build the ride of your dreams with your very own hands, there’s no better way to test and tune than with a DriftBox or a GTech-Pro (or both) by your side.

[DriftBox]

[GTech-Pro]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: STRUT?

Strut

Today’s tuner is a little different. STRUT doesn’t do engines, suspensions, or transmissions. STRUT does automotive accessories. This isn’t just any old mom and pop accessory business that sells the latest glue on grills through your local Pep Boys though. Oh no. STRUT caters to a higher end clientele. You may have seen their stuff on Unique Whips, and obvious devotee of the STRUT line. That’s because STRUT is the name to trust when you want to add a little bling to your Bentley, luxury to your Land Rover, or class to your Cadillac. They don’t even like to call the products they sell accessories, preferring the words “automotive jewelry” instead.

Strut 2

Their automotive jewelry collection is “designed for discriminating automotive enthusiasts who demand the height of sophistication and style in all of life’s passions”. Each piece is handcrafted from chromed 316L stainless steel, hand-polished, then signed by the artisan, and is designed to provide “ongoing luster and a superior appearance” through any weather condition.

Strut 3

I definitely like the look STRUT is going for, with very clean lines and a smooth, subtle appearance. STRUT specializes in grilles, hood vents, side vents, replacement badges, and accessory plates, with a focus on turning your everyday ride into a STRUTmobile, and I definitely wouldn’t mind having one of those.

[STRUT]

[Unique Whips]