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 |  Jul 26 2011, 6:00 PM

Hennessey, the famous Texas tuner of Corvettes has just created the Frankenstein of Cadillacs. It’s called the V1000, and the 1000 stands for 1000-hp.

The twin-turbo CTS-V Coupe is fitted with a 427 cubic-inch LS V8 featuring upgraded internals like forged low compression pistons, forged steel connecting rods, forged steel crank and ARP main studs and head bolts. The Cadillac is also fitted with a set of dual ball bearing turbochargers packs compressed atmosphere into the combustion chambers, assissted by high-flow cylinder heads.

Additional goodies include 15-inch carbon ceramic brakes, a fortified transmission, lowered suspension and Hennessey’s CarbonAero widebody kit. The turbos will boost torque to 950 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Hennessey has stated the V1000 can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 230 mph. It will run an outrageously impressive quarter mile time of 10.9 at 136 mph.

Only 12 of these cars will be built and the lucky buyers will also receive a one day track experience with retired General Motors test driver supreme John Heinricy.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  May 25 2010, 5:01 PM


As we reported earlier today, this weekend’s World Challenge action at Mosport International Raceway saw Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows take the GT class win in the Cragar Wheels C6 Vette on Sunday, but that wasn’t the only glory claimed in the name of the General’s all-conquering sports car. Retired Director of GM’s Performance Division and SCCA Runoffs dominator John “The HeinRocket” Heinricy won both rounds of the Mosport double header in his GTS class Torvec/Phoenix/Hawk C5 Chevrolet Corvette.

After taking the Race 1 win over Tyler McQuarrie’s LPL Lotus Exige S and Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing Acura TSX, Heinricy started the second race from the same position (2nd) in the No. 35 Corvette. Passing polesitter Tyler McQuarrie up the long back straight, Heinricy fought hard in the first half of the race to hold the lead and then pulled away to a dominating win with a 14.201-second gap over McQuarrie’s Lotus.

“The biggest difference today was that Tyler [McQuarrie] got a really good start, and I couldn’t get a jump on he and Peter [Cunningham],” Heinricy said. “Then, it was a matter of staying close to him through the early laps. I knew if I stayed close I could get by him on the straight, and if I didn”t do that it was really going to be a tough race. I did get by there, and I kept watching my mirrors. Every time I got to Turn 5a, I looked in my mirrors and he was right there. He’d fade a little bit, and then catch back up, and I had to just keep pushing. I used up my car more than I did yesterday, so I was concerned about that. I had to keep it smooth, and try to maintain that gap. When he fell off, it was a relief.”

When asked about the new class system for World Challenge, Heinricy had this to say: “This GTS class is a great move for the series. The cars can be relatively inexpensive, because they’re already prepared for another series. I appreciate the change, and appreciate the opportunity to bring the Corvette out here and get to race with these guys.”

McQuarrie ran second early in the No. 19 Lotus, but dropped back to third behind Cunningham’s No. 43 RTR Acura when his car began to lose power. On lap 24, presumably after allowing the engine and tires to cool down a bit, McQuarrie worked his way past the five-time WC Champion for good to take the runner-up spot on the podium.

Cunningham’s third place finish extended his Championship lead over teammate Nick Esayian, who finished fourth in the No. 34 RealTime Racing Acura TSX. Cunningham holds a 67-point advantage over Esayian. McQuarrie is now third in the Championship, with 359 points. Acura maintains a commanding Manufacturers Championship in the GTS Category.

[Sources: World Challenge, HeinRocket]

 |  Apr 06 2009, 4:50 PM


Looking for a real piece of American automotive history? Sure, you could saunter down to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Fla. this weekend and bid on a classic Corvette that speaks to all that General Motors once was, or… you could bid on a vehicle that was made just last year and is one of the greatest products to ever roll off a GM assembly line.

Yup, a Cadillac CTS-V.

Wait… not “a” CTS-V, but “the” CTS-V; the very car that John Heinricy piloted around the Nürburgring to a record-setting 7:59 lap time. With a 556hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8, this all-American sedan trounced its German competitors (the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63) in their native land.

Oh, and like any great American car, it knows how to hustle in a straight line with a 3.9 second 0-60 mph time.

See our review of the CTS-V here:

2009 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive

GALLERY: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]