Source: autoevolution.com post
SEALY, Texas – As you all know, Hennessey Performance Engineering likes to supercharge everything from the Ford Mustang to full-size pickup trucks. Of the latter, the Goliath 800 is more than meets the eye.
In addition to the blown engine, the Texas-based tuner can also improve the stopping power of the half-ton pickup truck for the right price.
Over the course of 200 miles (322 kilometers) of road and track testing, each Goliath 800 with the optional Brembos has to prove itself in multiple bedding tests.
The six-piston Brembo calipers and rotors up front take the most abuse, and the first braking test consists of “at least 20 brake applications using medium deceleration” without coming to a complete stop. After cooling down, Hennessey Performance Engineering then tests the Goliath supertruck from 80 to 20 mph (129 to 32 kph) at 80 percent of braking capacity.
Serial number 001 finished the bedding process with flying colors, and frankly, the outcome doesn’t come as a surprise given Brembo’s expertise in all things braking. After all, the Italian manufacturer also supplies Formula One teams such as Ferrari and Formula E team Spark Racing Technology.
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As the name implies, the Goliath 800 packs just as many ponies from a stroked small-block V8 and a high-flow supercharging system. The 10-speed automatic transmission is upgraded to handle the additional torque, and engine internals such as the pushrods and H-beams are beefier as well.
Hennessey can improve on the standard upgrades with a Stage 1 off-road package. It features a 6.0-inch suspension lift kit, 20-inch wheels with a 10-spoke design, LED lights in the Goliath front bumper, 35-inch Toyo off-road tires, special graphics for the exterior, and three years of limited warranty.
Additional upgrades include the Ram Air hood, diamond-stitched interior, stainless-steel exhaust system with a cat-back setup, the Goliath rear bumper, retractable bed cover, and upgraded fold-out steps. Of course, the Brembo six-piston front brake package is an optional extra.