Video: Hennessey Durango races Lambo Aventador, suspiciously
Texan tuning house Hennessey Performance is working on an HPE 1000 power upgrade for the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, and has recently raced its test vehicle against a Lamborghini Aventador S. Shall we cry foul?
The Aventador S packs 740 metric horsepower (730 hp / 544 kW), has all-wheel drive, and needs less than three seconds to get from zero to sixty miles per hour. In order to even have a chance against the lightweight supercar at an acceleration race, Hennessey Performance would have to at least strip the heavy Durango SUV down to the bone, since it weighs all of 2,585 kg (5,700 lbs). Furthermore, the Aventador has a state-of-the-art launch control system and a special drive mode that makes sprinting a breeze. So, why did it fail so miserably in the video? That is a good question.
The first race sees the 1,000-hp Durango blast off the start line while the Lambo barely moves, keeping unnaturally quiet for a supercar. The second race only reaffirms our suspicions that the Lambo driver is not motivated to win: the V12 is never even heard properly, nor do the tires squeal as they are supposed to.
Let’s be clear: we understand that tuners have to advertise their new ‘supercar slayer’ products and need properly tweaked supercars to slay with ease in ad videos. But how about making things less blatantly obvious next time? C’mon, Hennessey, we know you are good – just don’t try too hard, okay?
Editor Andrew Raspopov