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A Dyno Test Confirms What We’ve Been Saying

Twin Turbo C8 Corvette

Hennessey, once a tuning company turned YouTube channel, has been baiting the world into thinking they’ve created a viable twin-turbo C8 Corvette Stingray. They haven’t, and every video that has been uploaded so far proves it. Or, at minimum, suggests that things are very, very far from being anything close to done. And until that pesky ECU is figured out, so it will remain.

Despite this, the internet is full of mouth breathers that are just as gullible as they are stupid. Unfortunately, they seem to think that Hennessey has silenced the naysayers in a cult-like fashion. In fact, it’s reflective of those worshiping at the alter of God Emperor Musk. But we do our best to keep things more secular over here.

If you’ve been following us long, you hopefully have noticed our efforts in reporting on the anticipated troubles that aftermarket companies will have when it comes to tuning the ECU of the C8 Corvette. In effect, we also have to watch for any tuning company that may mislead people into thinking that they’ve got it figured out. Hennessey, for example, has made a lot of noise with regard to a a twin turbo C8 Corvette project. But ultimately, the company has even gone as far as to admitting that it will likely need help from General Motors itself to access the vehicle’s ECU. Despite this, HPE has gone to make three videos now of a “boosted” C8, because clicks matter more than facts in this post-truth world.

The third video, posted today, has a 2020 Corvette Stingray strapped to the dyno. With a pair of Precision Turbo 62mm turbochargers affixed just off the ground and behind the catalytic converters, the C8 started rolling. Power claimed from the dyno pull was 643 horsepower at “6,200” RPM. Although it appears in the video that the twin turbo C8 Corvette cuts power well before reaching anything close to that rev count. As if the (stock) ECU detected that things have been tampered with. And yes, according to Hennessey itself in a social media post, the ECU remains stock and locked. In other words, nothing to see here, folks. Just noise.

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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