It’s often said that everything is bigger in Texas and that’s certainly the case when it comes to Hennessey Performance Engineering. Founded in 1991 by race driver John Hennessey, the company specialises in aftermarket upgrades on an impressive range of high-performance sports cars and supercars such as the Dodge Viper and Ford Mustang.
They own 143 acres near the town of Sealy, west of Houston, which boasts a 36,000 square foot workshop and showroom. It’s also home to their Lonestar Motorsports Park, making them the only tuner in North America with their own test track. Now they’re turned their attention to a smaller but no less tempting performance vehicle.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is the latest model to get the Hennessey Performance treatment, offering upgrades to the air induction and intercooler systems, exhaust, turbo system, wheels, tires and engine management tuning. On the outside the car is fitted with customised HPE400 and Hennessey badges and on the inside, the engine is tuned to give 425 lb-ft torque and 405 brake horsepower. It turns the Focus into a powerful little package that gives the car serious bang for buck.