2020 Hennessey Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 gets up to 1,200 horsepower


News / Friday, August 30th, 2019

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has not yet landed in showrooms, but as mentioned by Texas-based tuner Hennessey and initially discovered by Motor1, the company already has packages ready to make the super Mustang more powerful. In fact, the company will be able to add the power of a Mustang GT to the unsuspecting powertrain of the pony car.

While the GT500 is proud to be the most powerful factory-built street legal Mustang ever released by Ford, Hennessey & # 39; s Venom 1200 blows it out of the water with a V8 dual turbocharger that delivers 1200 hp at 7,000 rpm. To add context, the stock GT delivers 760 hp.

Hennessey couples the maximum torque of the eight to 1000 pound feet when the tachometer indicates 4,800 rpm. Reaching those numbers was easier said than done. The tuner explained that his engineering department has upgraded a long list of components, including the intercooler, the fuel supply system, the induction system and, crucially, the pistons and connecting rods. In addition, the Venom needs 1200 E85 or 109-octane racing petrol

The V8 spins the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission with double clutch that is also reinforced. Hennessey has not yet released performance specifications, but the 440 horse hump should turn the Venom 1200 into a force to be reckoned with on the trail lane.

If 1200 horsepower is too much to handle, Hennessey also offers 850 and 1,000-horse variants of the GT500. The Venom 850 relies on a ported version of the stock supercharger with a different pulley plus a different inlet and new headers for its power. It also delivers 725 pound-foot torque. The Venom 1000 gets a completely new supercharger, upgraded fuel system and intercooler in addition to the upgrades of the 850. In addition to the 1,000 horsepower, the Venom 1000 makes 825 pound-feet of torque. Both the Venom 850 and Venom 1000 operate on 93-octane pump gas.

The visual changes are largely limited to specific emblems, embroidered headrests and a numbered plaque signed by John Hennessey on the dashboard. The winged and ventilated GT500 has not been restrained in any way, but the Venom 1200 is eligible for sleep status in our book. It even holds the stock of carbon fiber wheels.

Hennessey promised to test every Venom 1200 he builds up to 150 miles and buyers get a 12,000-mile warranty for a year of extra peace of mind. Price information has not yet been released. The GT500 costs around $ 74,000 once a $ 1,095 zoning charge and a $ 2,600 gas suction tax elbow their way into the equation, so there's a good chance that Hennessey exceeds $ 100,000.