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Only the rev limiter can stop Hennessey’s 195-mph HPE700 Mustang

Few drivers will ever explore the true limits of their cars, and that’s probably a good thing. John Hennessey specializes in doing just that.

We previewed the famed tuner’s HPE700 Mustang last year, which bolts a 2.9-liter supercharger system (among other things) to the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. With the Hennessey badge, Ford’s 5.0-liter ‘Coyote’ V8 makes 717 horsepower and 632 pound-feet of torque at the crank, which allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and quarter-mile figure of 11.2 seconds.

A new video of the car has been posted by Mr. Hennessey himself, and it shows his personal HPE700 performing a top speed run at the Continental Tires Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas.

On the 8.5-mile course, Hennessey was able to hit a GPS-verified 195.2 mph before the rev limiter kicked in. The car sounds like a screaming jet fighter as it flies around the test track, and you can skip to 3:10 in the video for proof. The run starts at 2:20.

“Cruising through the final turn I was trying to maintain 120-130 mph while building some speed as I neared the straight,” Hennessey recounted. “When I hit the straight, I wanted to be around 140 mph and then let all of the Mustang’s horsepower run wide open. The car pulled very strong and just kept pulling. I hit a pretty nasty bump around 170 mph and kept my foot on the gas. Then I hit the rev limiter at just over 195 mph according to the Racelogic VBox display.”

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In October, Hennessey stated only 500 examples of the HPE700 Mustang would be built for the 2015 model year. The package starts at $59,500, which includes the $32,300 base MSRP of a Mustang GT. Options like carbon-fiber bodywork, 20-inch Hennessey wheels, and a Brembo brake package are also available.