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Texas tuner Hennessey adds a dash of Le Mans to the Ford F-150

Texas tuner Hennessey adds a dash of Le Mans to the Ford F-150

Dejan Jovanovic 4 weeks ago
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Hennessey Performance has boosted a Ford F-150 to over 750 horsepower and given it a whole new look inspired by a 1967 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40… 

When Enzo Ferrari pissed off Henry Ford II in the 1960s, he took on the wrong adversary – Ford came up with the GT40 to fight the scarlet cars from Maranello and Detroit swept all before it at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning four times on the trot from 1966. The blow was so big, the Italians never really recovered and Ferrari hasn’t been seen at the top level of endurance racing for the French classic ever since.

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In 1967 this Ford GT40 Mark IV beat two chasing Ferraris to the line at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt the winning drivers…

One of the most iconic Ford GT40s just happens to be the 1967 Le Mans winning car, driven driven by Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt, beating a pair of Ferrari 330 prototypes after 24 hours of racing. The car was immortalised with its red bodywork and two white racing stripes along the whole streamlined shape.

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Cashing in on that kind of heritage, Texas tuner Hennessey Performance has been turning out some special editions in the famous colours, giving the treatment to hot Fords such as the Mustang, and the new and old mid-engined GT supercars.

To complete the Hennessey heritage family, the Texans have now released the new F-150 version decked out in Gurney’s and Foyt’s colours, and appropriately, the truck also comes with more than 750 horsepower from a supercharged V8 engine.

This 2019 Hennessey Heritage F-150 packs the factory 5.0-litre V8 with a 2.9-litre blower bolted on top, plus bits like a high-flow air intake and new exhaust system to free up precisely 758bhp and nearly 900Nm of torque, which begs the question – once it gets going, how the hell do you stop this thing? The Texans thought of that, and fitted big six-piston brakes, 22-inch wheels, and performance tyres.

If you spec the truck in the available off-road variation, you get 20-inch wheels and 33-inch Toyo all-terrain tyres, but either way you’re only getting started from AED349,000, or $95,000.

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Hennessey says the Heritage F-150 will run from zero to 100km/h in four-and-a-half seconds and do the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds. It’s enough to make the Italians twitch.

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