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1,200 HP FOR 2020 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500 PLANNED BY HENNESSEY

The Big Numbers Texas Tuner Has Its Sights On The New Shelby Snake

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These are uncertain and strange times. Thankfully, there is still some consistency in the world if you look hard enough. And if there’s just one thing you can count on, it’s that Hennessey Performance Engineering will upgrade the power on a new American performance car. The latest being the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Out of the gate, the new Shelby is rated at 760 horsepower, which is already a Hellcat-beating seismic accomplishment. But gluttony for more horsepower never ends, and Hennessey says will offer the Venom 1200 package, which will give this cobra enough bite to produce as 1,200 horsepower at the crank, with 1,000 lb-ft of torque to go with it.

Pricing is not yet available, and there’s no telling yet how many of these HPE plans on building. Then again, it’s also odd that the tuning company is already making such proclamations when the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 has yet to hit the market, as they have to wait in line for one like everybody else.

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Along with the the HPE1200 package, the Texas tuning company plans on offering a Venom 850 and Venom 1000 packages for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 as well. All of the packages vary, with the Venom 850 largely being bolt-on upgrades such as an exhaust kit and a smaller supercharger pulley to produce 850 horsepower and 725 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel. The Venom 1000 package is expected to add a 3.0L supercharger upgrade (up from the stock 2.65 liter unit), a fuel delivery upgrade, transmission upgrade, and more.

The Venom 1200 package is highlighted by a set of twin-turbos strapped to the engine as opposed to the supercharger. This also tunes the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to run on either E85 or 109-octane race fuel in order to produce the four-figure power numbers. And whereas the Venom 850 package has a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty, the Venom 1000 and Venom 1200 GT500 packages have only 1-year, 12,000 mile warranties. Below is a full breakdown of what Hennessey says it will do for each package.

Venom 850:

850 bhp @ 7,000 rpm (93 octane Shell V-Power fuel)
725 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm
Stainless steel long tube headers
High-flow catalytic converters
CNC Machine-ported factory supercharger
Supercharger pulley & belt upgrade
High-flow air induction system
Hennessey embroidered headrests
Hennessey & Venom 850 exterior badges
Serial numbered dash plaque signed by John Hennessey
Serial numbered engine compartment plaque
Includes professional installation
Chassis dyno testing before and after modification
Vehicle to be test driven up to 150 miles
3 year / 36,000 mile warranty

Venom 1000:

1000 bhp @ 7,000 rpm (93 octane Shell V-Power fuel)
850 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm
3.0L Supercharger system upgrade
Upgraded intercooler system
Fuel system upgrade
Stainless steel long tube headers
High-flow catalytic converters
Transmission upgrade
Supercharger pulley & belt upgrade
High-flow air induction system
Hennessey embroidered headrests
Hennessey & Venom 1000 exterior badges
Serial numbered dash plaque signed by John Hennessey
Serial numbered engine compartment plaque
Includes professional installation
Chassis dyno testing before and after modification
Vehicle to be test driven up to 150 miles
Limited 1 year / 12,000 mile warranty

Venom 1200:

1200 bhp @ 7,000 rpm (E85 fuel or 109 octane unleaded race fuel)
1000 lb-ft torque @ 4,800 rpm
Twin Turbo system
Upgraded intercooler system
Fuel system upgrade
Stainless steel exhaust system
Upgraded pistons & rods
Transmission upgrade
High-flow air induction system
Hennessey embroidered headrests
Hennessey & Venom 1200 exterior badges
Serial numbered dash plaque signed by John Hennessey
Serial numbered engine compartment plaque
Includes professional installation
Chassis dyno testing before and after modification
Vehicle to be test driven up to 150 miles
Limited 1 year / 12,000 mile warranty

GT500

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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