New Corvette Stingray, 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray Reaches 1000 Horsepower. Europeans love their performance sports cars and the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 has arrived on Europe’s shores to see how it will stand up against the world’s finest supercars. Patrick Herrmann, technical manager communications at Chevrolet Europe and Cadillac Europe has one of the best jobs in the world. He will get to spend the next couple of months with the new Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray and test drive the new American sports car on Europe’s roads.
Herrmann will be the first European Chevrolet employee to thoroughly test the new Stingray in Europe. The new sports car from GM was designed from the beginning to be a global supercar and it will be sold in Europe and will arrive in European dealerships in late 2013. Chevrolet Europe says that “testing procedures are part of the GM standard quality control program which is conducted for each new Chevrolet model before it goes on sale in Europe.” But Chevrolet has global aspirations for the new seventh-generation Corvette.
The appearance of the C7 will also be altered with Hennessey’s optional CarbonAero (hand-laid carbon fiber) body treatment: an aggressive front splitter, notched rear spoiler, side sills, and a hood that features a deeply drawn power dome and dramatic central vent that works to decrease underhood temperatures and increase downforce through air evacuation. Optional ten-spoke H10 alloys wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports finish off the menacing look.
“We’re only interested in changes that deliver a measurable increase in performance, period,” said company founder John Hennessey of the functionality and sleek appearance of the CarbonAero body treatment.
There are several options that further individualize each HPE700 Corvette. While interior details have yet to be finalized, it is planned that each car will be outfitted with dash and engine plaques displaying the serialized build number. A coilover suspension system utilizing Penske double-adjustable shocks and a Brembo brake upgrade with carbon-ceramic rotors are both on the option list.
Hennessey has also announced the creation of a couple of less brutal versions of the Stingray that will still more than hold their own against competition: a naturally-aspirated HPE500 and supercharged HPE600. All components that comprise the HPE complete cars will be available for purchase individually.
All Hennessey builds are dyno-tested at the Sealy, Texas headquarters, and are performance-validated at the company’s on-site test track, Lonestar Motorsports Park. The HPE700 Corvette comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Hennessey 2014 HPE700 Stingray
You can order your own HPE600 directly through Hennessey Performance Engineering or through any local Chevrolet dealership.