All Ahmad Ali wanted was a Chevrolet Corvette souped up to have enough horsepower to defibrillate God.

The shop in Sealy, Texas between Austin and Houston pumped obscene levels of power into Dodge Vipers, Chevrolet Camaros, Corvettes and more, and even built what is technically the fastest production car in the world: the Venom GT.

But for a long time, Hennessey has been dogged by claims that he s not trustworthy, that his tuning business isn t on the up and up.

Ali agreed, but when the 2015 Corvettes were released, no car was purchased by HPE, as documented in the email chain.

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When that first ex-Hennessey employee contacted me, he was familiar with Ali s plight and a number of other foreign clients in essentially the same position.He personally knows of five times this has happened, and they included buyers from the UAE, South Korea and other countries.

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These days Hennessey s Sealy facility includes a 1/4-mile drag strip, though it was recently offered up for sale.

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