Turns out you don’t have to be an astronaut to ride a rocket, as Hennessey proves with its latest tuning project, the Mustang HPE800 25th Anniversary Edition. As its name suggests, the vehicle marks the silver anniversary of Hennessey’s dedication to turning automobiles into absolute beasts. Which is, of course, the perfect excuse to create the most beefed-up Mustang the tarmac has seen.
At the heart of said monster sits a regular 5.0-liter V8 engine with an upgraded 2.9-liter supercharger system, which together with new fuel injectors, a carbon fiber high-flow air induction kit and recalibrated ECU, propels the 804 bhp car from zero to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds, and runs a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds. To put things into perspective, the regular GT only manages 416bhp, which brings the car from nought to 62mph in 4.8 seconds; last year’s Hennessey iteration – the HPE750 – kicked out 774bhp and clocked 3.4 seconds.
But Hennessey isn’t all brawn and no brains. A couple of aerodynamic modifications such as carbon fiber front spliter, rear spoiler, and side sills help boost the car’s performance, along with lower suspension and 15-inch Brembo brakes that reel the car in. Inside, expect anniversary graphics on headrests, a plaque with the build number and a certificate you can frame up at home.
Fortunately, the HPE800 treatment is available on all makes of the Mustang GT – convertible, automatic, coupe and manual so you have choices. Unfortunately, this special edition is only limited to 25 examples so you’d probably have to make that order right about now.