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Texas Snake Oil Strikes Again

Twin Turbo C8 Corvette

Hennessey Performance Engineering shared a video late last night of a new C8 Corvette fitted with a pair of turbochargers. The gullible and the uninitiated would perhaps assume that this would mean that Hennessey was able to – with little to no effort at all – penetrate the cybersecurity fortress of the car’s ECU and Global B electronics architecture. This would effectively silence any and all naysayers. Except the opposite has happened when HPE released its video of the twin turbo C8 Corvette. They’ve been vindicated.

Keen eyes were quick to point out some of the discrepancies with the twin turbo C8 Corvette.

“The car only has the turbos mounted to the exhaust headers. No intercooler, the car is still NA with exhaust whistles,” noticed one commenter. “It’s not tuned at all and the turbos aren’t plumbed to the intake. This is literally just to make cool turbo spooly noises on YouTube,” wrote another.

The below video of the twin turbo C8 Corvette shows only the vehicle starting up, followed by a couple of throttle blips to get a spools to make noise. The car is able to roll under its own power. But any real demonstration – a dyno test, a speed run, or hot lap – seems far, far away.

A well-placed source of ours described that this C8 Corvette can likely “run and putz around.” But with any high-power pulls, the setup will cause “serious damage” without tuning. We’ve seen the first examples of what that looks like earlier this week, with some cowboy drag strip efforts involving the C8, a tank of nitrous, and a snapped rear axle.

Previously, Hennessey mentioned that it will likely need help from General Motors to actually access the 2020 Corvette Stingray ECU and perform any kind of actual tuning. And despite the dubious video, we can think of a few more upstanding tuning companies that are closer to the front of the line than HPE when it comes to who GM wants to work with.

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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