Hennessey Drag Races Modded Corvette C8 Against Tuned Jeep Trackhawk
A few weeks ago, Hennessey Performance organized a drag race between its slightly modified Chevrolet Corvette store car and a production Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Now, the SUV features the company’s HPE1000 upgrade package with a reported output of 1,012 horsepower (755 kilowatts) and 969 pound-feet (1,314 Newton-meters). It’s time for a rematch.
In the previous video, Hennessey mentions that the Corvette is fitted with the company’s stainless steel exhaust. The new pipes would increase power to the wheels by 21 hp (16 kW) and 19 lb-ft (26 Nm). The coin also weighs about 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) less than the stock unit.
While the ‘Vette has more horsepower than the stock, it can’t match the output of the tuned Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Hennessey’s upgrades include a 2.65-liter compressor and pulley upgrade. There are also stainless steel long tube manifolds and high flow catalytic converters.
The Corvette is somewhat resistant to the race. The overpowered Trackhawk is finally able to get ahead and leave the Vette in its dust.
Then they organize a race from a roll. The differences between them are even more apparent. As soon as the driver of the Trackhawk lowers the throttle, the SUV pulls away from the Corvette. The C8 has no chance of victory.
A new generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to arrive for the 2022 model year. It would run on the Giorgio platform that currently sits under the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio. There is no information on the return of the Trackhawk version yet. The vehicle might not use the Hellcat V8, however, due to changing evaporative emissions requirements in the near future.