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    • Why has the automotive world forgotten what a piece of shit John Hennessey is and how is he still in business?

      Hennessey. You have read the name. You have heard the name. The name almost markets itself and Hennessey should probably be thankful it sounds similar and is practically spelled the same as the world's largest Cognac producer. If Hennessey was judged solely on his automotive work he would not be in business.


      Yet he is in business. Why? Well, you can thank the car magazine era in the late 90's that existed before forums became the main information source regarding the automotive aftermarket. Back in those days Road and Track, Car and Driver, MotorTrend, etc., would fawn over Hennessey and his reputation for powerful Vipers.

      Hennessey played the game with the magazines well. He would deliver strong Vipers to them for testing even if the Vipers had a myriad of issues during said testing. The magazines wanted to sell magazines and they never bothered to check if Hennessey was delivering to his customers. He wasn't.

      There are stories of lawsuits, parts sold off cars, missed delivery dates, empty promises, arrests, terrorist threats, and even John Hennessey getting his ass kicked by a certain customer.

      So what happened? Well this is what John Hennessey says happened:

      Quote Originally Posted by John Hennessey
      I have never filed bankruptcy. And I have taken care of every single past problem that I had back in the 2000 - 2002 time frame. 8 years later our company builds and delivers $8-10 million dollars worth of parts and upgrades each year. We have a professional staff of 25 dedicated employees, we operate from a 30,000 square foot facility with 2 chassis dyno and we own and operate our own 1/4 mile dragstrip. Yes, I did a poor job of running a business 10 yrs ago. Thankfully I was given a second chance and I made the commitment to do things right and take care of each and every customer. If any of you are ever driving across I-10 west of Houston I invite you to come and see who we are and what we do. For those who have an open mind and who understand what I just said, thank you for listening. To the punks, haters and guys who are currently battling their own problems in life while they bash others to make themselves feel good, your day will come sooner than later.
      He says he had some problems from 2000-2002 and that he 'fixed' all those issues and was given a second chance. How does that explain the 'F' rating from the Better Business Bureau in 2016?


      Why are there unresolved complaints from as recently as a few months ago?


      Why in the hell are there so many complaints anyway? If he's never declared bankruptcy, why the name and location changes:

      He's local to me. I've seen him change locations and/or shop names at least three times.

      • Hennessey Motorsports @ 18000 Groschke Rd, Houston, TX 77084
      • Hennessey Performance @ 29334 McKinnon, Fulshear, TX 77441
      • Hennessey Performance Engineering @ 9281 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, Sealy, TX 77474
      Probably because the man screwed up big time as he said he did by his own admission. Here's what a former customer had to say:

      Quote Originally Posted by Taig Stewart
      Five years ago I bought a brand new 2001 Viper GTS and sent it to John [******]--along with $142,500--to build what I hoped would be one hell of a Viper. Many of you will remember that fiasco. I won’t revisit any of that history here, not because I have any moral or legal compunctions restraining me from doing so but because I lost interest in fighting this fight quite a long time ago.

      So why this post? Simple. To tell the rest of the story and more importantly to give credit to a couple of exceptional guys who took up the fight for me and who fought until the end without any expectation of a reward other than the feeling that comes from helping someone out. Also, since expressing that gratitude here wouldn’t make much sense without at least a brief conclusion to the story of my experiences with John [******], I need to make that happen. Along with the good, of course, there were a few other guys who deserve credit of a very different nature too, but they know who they are so we’ll just let that pile go unstepped-in.

      Just to recap my story, I sent $142,500 and a brand new Viper to John [******] after reading Motor Trend’s gushing article on [******]’s Venom 800 in April 2001. It took three years to get my Viper back from [******] in a “dynoable,” if not “drivable” condition. In fact it ran just long enough to make a strong run on the dyno in Salt Lake City in September of 2003 (for which I was not present) before the first turbo blew 50 miles later. The car was also missing over $85,000 of parts and upgrades I’d paid for two years earlier: Brembos, Penske suspension, HREs, Quaife, etc. Without going into specifics, a legal “settlement” was reached which stipulated that I was to receive the missing parts over the course of the next several months with the promise that the car would be tuned to actually run.

      Well, to make a very long story very, very short, I spent a total of $315,000 (the new Viper and [******]’s fee plus the attorney’s take of 33% on everything recovered from [******]--including the car itself--plus miscellaneous expenses) for a Viper made up of parts from at least two different cars that wouldn’t even start. I confess, at this point I simply gave up.
      This guy saw the MotorTrend story, sent his car to John Hennessey, and ended up spending $315k to try to recover what he could from Hennessey when at a certain point he just gave up and went to somebody else to get the car running. Does MotorTrend even remotely care they played a part? Nope. They sold magazines.

      It doesn't end there. Not even close. It's a pattern:

      I am sure many of you know who John Hennessey is? He is a reputable performance car builder who has built several "legendary" Viper, Corvette, and some other vehicles. But he is also known for scamming some rich folks. Many has warned to stay away from him. Hennessey have been sued by FedEX, UPS, and past clients for unpaid debts
      Hennessey has a tendency to take the vehicle and the cash, and then never give the vehicle back. Or if he does, nothing has been done to it. I read one account where Hennessey pulled parts off a guy's Viper, sold the parts, and then put the car in the corner of his shop and never touched it again
      Come on! Isn't it obvious to everyone out there yet? Hennessey scams the little guys and the out of staters who are less likely to show up at his door with a bat and sucks up in a major league way to the magazines. They're free advertising for him! Of course he builds great cars for the reviews
      This point is almost not worth talking about anymore, but since it was brought up here goes. I have found John to be a crook, liar and have the worst customer service I have ever witnessed in any company. Can he build a fast car? Of course. With a competent staff most shops can. Does he have his customers best interests at heart? Just listen to so many of his former customers and you will know the answer. Does he know how to get his face in the mags? It's the one thing he's personally good at. Hopefully due process will take over and HMS will be a thing of the past.
      This one takes the cake:

      This tops it all Viper fans.... I'm the customer of John Hennessey's that paid for a Venom 650 package plus Brembo Racing brakes, a Penske 2 way suspension , and roll bar but only received about $11,000 of a $38,000 order in an 8 month span. I know you all are tired of the posts but please read on, it gets pretty interesting.

      I planned a trip to California for pleasure on a private jet and was told we had to stop in Houston for fuel so I thought I might stop in at HMS to see for myself the man that ripped me off and what his plans to settle up were face to face.

      I called ahead of time and left a message under a different name as a new customer so John would show up, when we got there his mechanic said to come back in an hour so we went for lunch and came Back. I brought a video camera so I could get the meeting on tape, when John showed up he saw new customers and $$$$$ so he put on his "Good Ole Boy" smile and welcomed us in.

      Once inside he notice the camera and asked me to turn it off , I said no and then told him who I really was and that I wanted a straight up answer what he planned to do. You should have seen his face, like deer in headlights he had nothing to say except get out or he would call the police. I refused and demanded an answer but John just stood there like a gutless man and would not talk and called the cops for trespassing.

      So after repeated non-threatening attempts to get him to talk he asked me and my brother-in-law if we were gay , I replied "Yeah and I'm gonna throw you over that car and f*ck you up the azz like you have been f*cking me for 8 months" , little did I know that comment would be considered a "TERRORISTIC THREAT" , (one of John famous claims) anyway we decided to wait for the police so I could report him for theft , we waited 40 minutes for the cops to come and when they finally came I ran out of tape in the camera and missed the most unbelievable part.

      The cop listened to John’s side of the story first and said he would hear us after, that didn't happen once John told him about the so-called "Terroristic Treat" within minutes we were both in cuffs in the back of the police car under arrest for trespassing and terroristic threat. The cop would not hear our side and told us we were going to jail and wouldn't even watch the tape, we tried to reason with him but his last name was Walker and he thought he was Chuck Norris Texas Ranger," you’re in cuffs, in my car, I'm writing, and you’re goin to jail".

      After sitting outside HMS in cuffs for over 30 minutes we were on our way to the Houston City Jail, my camera was taken by the arresting office and we were sent to booking. Two white boys from Florida with a Bull**** arrest , we were shuffled around , stripped of our belongings , finger printed and sent to a holding cell full of non- white- non Florida boys that were all under arrest for real crimes , drug dealers , buyers , thieves , assault , and a murderer to top it off.

      After 10 hours in jail and a few phone calls later we posted bail for $1,500 and back on the street at 2 in the morning with an impounded rental Car, no change of clothes and no bed. It is now 12:30 pm and we are in flight to California looking back at the day and planning our next trip back to Houston.

      We went from the Penthouse to the ****house in less than 3 hours but now were back in the Penthouse and Hennessey bought some time but the fact remains Johnny still owes $27,000 and if it costs me 10 times that in lawyer fees I will make sure Hennessey gets the same smelly *** cell that I got.

      Go to Viper Club of America and type in Hennessey in the search and read all the stories...If youre thinking about getting this Hennessey turbo kit Id definitely read up on some of these stories...
      Does this still sound like someone who just made a couple mistakes? Finally after these stories were popping up left and right Car and Driver wrote something about it in September of 2002. About time the magazines that made money off testing Hennessey's cars and were responsible for sending him more customers did something:

      Quote Originally Posted by Car and Driver
      For example, in April 2001, according to a detailed Internet posting, one eager buyer sent his Dodge Viper GTS, with a check for $122,500, to Hennessey Motorsports in Houston. The check was for converting his stock Viper into a Hennessey Venom 800 Twin Turbo, and it was supposed to be delivered in 12 weeks. Later, the buyer sent an additional $20,000 to pay for a further horsepower boost to 1000. But the owner didn't get the car back in 12 weeks. In fact, some 10 months later, in February 2002, no work had been done on the car-and worse, according to the buyer, several parts had been removed from his stock Viper and sold off! This owner has since filed a lawsuit against Hennessey seeking the return of his car, his $142,500, and the usual "punitive damages."

      Another customer with a long-overdue Venom says he went armed with a video camera to confront John Hennessey at his Houston shop. Hennessey reportedly had the customer arrested for making "terroristic threats."

      There is, of course, no place in the world where talk is cheaper than on an Internet message board, and a few lurid posts hardly constitute proof of wrongdoing. So I went to the Web site of the Houston Better Business Bureau (www.bbbhou.org) and searched for Hennessey Motorsports.

      The BBB reported 12 complaints filed against Hennessey in the past 36 months, of which seven were in the past year. Of the 12 complaints, only one was listed as resolved. To put this performance in context, I ran checks with the local BBBs of every participant in our Supercar Challenge. Just one other complaint turned up, against AutoThority, and it was described as "resolved."

      Then I went to Dun & Bradstreet, the financial research firm, where for $117 I purchased a comprehensive report on Hennessey Motorsports. For comparison, I also purchased a report on the well-known Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The report indicated that LPE was financially sound, with no liens, lawsuits, or judgments pending against it. In contrast, the Hennessey report revealed that courts have four times ruled against the company and that there are 10 lawsuits currently in various stages and three liens. The D&B report also provided a "Financial Stress National Percentile" rating, measured on a 1-to-100 scale, with 100 being the best possible score. Hennessey's company had a rating of one. (LPE had a 79.)
      It's not just internet message boards folks. It isn't just stories. Hennessey had the worst possible business rating back then and Hennessey Performance still has the worst possible F rating from the BBB today.

      How in the hell is this guy still in business? Why in the hell are the major blogs like Jalopnik and Autoblog posting his garbage? They do not even bother to look into it. Hennessey says he has some X amount of horsepower car with nothing to back it up but some computer renderings and they post it as if it's gospel. It's a complete joke.

      Here's an example:


      Get a guy good with photoshop, write it has 800 horsepower, and send it to the blogs. They put it up as if it's real without any proof whatsoever. He does this all the time and it's a vicious cycle. Blogs needs content though, right? Who cares if it's fiction? Put it up and watch the hits grow. Hennessey could say he was tuning aircraft carriers and they would eat it up.

      Don't think Hennessey is above taking credit for the work of others either. Here's Hennessey taking credit for Whipple's supercharger as if it was his own on a Mustang:

      Quote Originally Posted by BoostAddict
      The issue we have is that the press release gives all the credit to Henessey and none to Whipple. Read this, "I'm very happy with this first test of our specially tuned Ford Mustang GT. The aerodynamic stability of the stock bodied car gave it a balanced and predictable feel at speed. We are also very happy to have the ability to demonstrate the daily driveability of our HPE700 along with the durability. Our supercharged 5.0 V8 ran flawlessly at high rpm and high speeds."

      It is surprising he did not take credit for the Ford engineers' work on the Mustang aerodynamics in addition to the credit he took for the supercharger system. Yes, Hennessey 'engineers' installed it but it's nothing more than a 2.9 liter Whipple system.
      Here's Hennessey claiming to tune a Mercedes AMG GT S when it's actually Eurocharged doing the tuning. He even recycled the Eurocharged photo of the car on the dyno for his own press release.

      The guy is so delusional and drunk on his name at this point he is willing to charge $295k for a 1000 whp Cadillac CTS-V. You can go to any number of tuners and get more power than that for a fraction of the cost. You won't have the Hennessey name attached but what you will have is the knowledge you aren't a moron lighting money on fire.

      What does Hennessey have to say about all of this? Well, this.




      He's right. He has cars in the shop and money in the bank. He's laughing all the way to the bank.

      It's not that Hennessey should not be in business. He should be in prison.


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      Comments 57 Comments
      1. spool twice's Avatar
        spool twice -
        i chuckled out loud when I read on C&D that he is releasing twin turbo kit for the Hellcat twins on top of the stock S/C....poor people who purchase this kit...
      1. Sticky2's Avatar
        Sticky2 -
        Why is Car and Driver still promoting this guy? Wtf?
      1. godmachine's Avatar
        godmachine -
        I actually remember reading about all those stories back in the day while they was happening.
        I have been to the guys facility and seen him talking on camera during a tx2k event. He is absolute joke in my eyes.

        One part brought up in your article is about him just installing a whipple supercharger and taking all the credit for it . That is something I see all to much of in the performance tuning world and it makes me laugh every time. Its the reason most stage 2,3,4,etc packages make the same power. They are all using the same real manufacturing parts and calling them custom.

        I feel bad for the viper guys. They seem to really get the short end of the stick with aftermarket performance. RSI , Hennessey and the countless other fly by nights.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky2 Click here to enlarge
        Why is Car and Driver still promoting this guy? Wtf?
        Is that even a question Sticky? You know the answer.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        Is that even a question Sticky? You know the answer.
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        What money do they get from it though any longer? When you had to sell magazines, ok, fine, but what does it matter now? Is Hennessey putting up full page ads or something?

        Look at this horse$#@! from Autoblog:

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        There's no dyno there. There's no picture of turbo work. There's no 1/4 mile timeslip.

        So there's literally NOTHING there to corroborate anything Hennessey claims yet they say Hennessey builds a 1032 twin turbocharged and supercharged Hellcat that gets to 60 in 2.7 seconds and through the 1/4 in 9.9@142 based on what? Hennessey's credibility?

        How is this news? How can they even make that an article after everything Hennessey has done? Argh... and how are they a bigger news source than this site with this kind of crap?
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        What money do they get from it though any longer? When you had to sell magazines, ok, fine, but what does it matter now? Is Hennessey putting up full page ads or something?

        Look at this horse$#@! from Autoblog:

        http://www.bimmerboost.com/images/im.../WPT6NNT-1.png

        There's no dyno there. There's no picture of turbo work. There's no 1/4 mile timeslip.

        So there's literally NOTHING there to corroborate anything Hennessey claims yet they say Hennessey builds a 1032 twin turbocharged and supercharged Hellcat that gets to 60 in 2.7 seconds and through the 1/4 in 9.9@142 based on what? Hennessey's credibility?

        How is this news? How can they even make that an article after everything Hennessey has done? Argh... and how are they a bigger news source than this site with this kind of crap?
        I assumed that yeah he gives MT money and those are basically full page ads.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        I assumed that yeah he gives MT money and those are basically full page ads.
        I don't think he pays them I think they put that stuff up voluntarily which makes it even more sad.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I don't think he pays them I think they put that stuff up voluntarily which makes it even more sad.
        I guess I didn't really think about it but now pretty much all auto blogs/magazines have gone to the Gawker style of editorial pieces written by a ton of random people with clickbait titles and filled with bull$#@!. The only explanation is the Hennesey is a catchy name and most people have heard it so it gets them more hits?
        There is no real journalist who would skip the most basic research on the guy to find out hes a scumbag snake-oil salesman before writing positive things about his imaginary projects.
      1. j_hynson's Avatar
        j_hynson -
        I don't know why it matters that he used Eurocharged for tuning.. I'd rather my AMG GTS (if i had one) get tuned by Jerry at Eurocharged Houston than him trying to figure it out himself if he knows someone that's more experienced in tuning that platform...I mean Jerry just set the Quarter mile record in his C63s AMG and has many other records with Mercedes... Its called outsourcing. Many companies do it and advertise it as their own throughout all kinds of business.
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        I'd have to imagine 99% of his customers are folks that know nothing about cars, but have heard Hennesy's name (courtesy of the idiots that keep promoting 'his' products) and want to be able to say they have an xxx HP ________.

        I've also read hes litigious as F. Please let us know when the take down notice shows up!
      1. emil's Avatar
        emil -
        I love these types of articles Sticky... the world should know with who they can make business.
        Now, is there any way you can link Hennessey to your friend Steve Dinan...Click here to enlarge
      1. Saca135i's Avatar
        Saca135i -
        Do you have the link to where Hennessey got his ass kicked by a customer?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by j_hynson Click here to enlarge
        I don't know why it matters that he used Eurocharged for tuning.. I'd rather my AMG GTS (if i had one) get tuned by Jerry at Eurocharged Houston than him trying to figure it out himself if he knows someone that's more experienced in tuning that platform...I mean Jerry just set the Quarter mile record in his C63s AMG and has many other records with Mercedes... Its called outsourcing. Many companies do it and advertise it as their own throughout all kinds of business.
        Don't you prefer to know the real source? You're right, Jerry is a great tuner and Eurocharged does good work. That is why I investigated who was actually doing the tuning there.

        Outsourcing is fine but claiming you are the source when you are not is lying. It's the way Hennessey goes about it. Rather than saying the supercharger is from Whipple he says it is his supercharger. Come on, why do that?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by emil Click here to enlarge
        I love these types of articles Sticky... the world should know with who they can make business.
        Now, is there any way you can link Hennessey to your friend Steve Dinan...Click here to enlarge
        I personally have tremendous respect for Steve Dinan and what he has accomplished. Steven Dinan never screwed anyone, stole any parts, went on the forums calling people broke ass losers, does not have an F BBB rating, and generally is just a stand up guy.

        He should never be mentioned in the same sentence as Hennessey. Dinan actually delivers and provides quality products. My only gripe with him is price gouging and relying on his name more than actual performance metrics for said products.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Saca135i Click here to enlarge
        Do you have the link to where Hennessey got his ass kicked by a customer?
        Yes: http://acurazine.com/forums/second-g...kicked-416188/

        Coming soon to a website near you. JH getting strummed.
        Two weeks ago in the Jamba Juice/Starbucks parking lot across from the Galleria (Big car hangout). JH and a few of his cronies showed up.

        A certain F-Body owner (who shall remain nameless - for now) and JH got into some smack talk.

        I guess JH didn't appreciate what was being said. Well, at least that is how it appeared when he pulled a blindside sucker punch on the guy.

        Well, he made the mistake of hitting the wrong guy. The got tangled up, and fell into some guys Viper. At which point JH proceeds to take a world class butt whoopin'.

        The owner of the Viper came running over screaming. The F-Body owner thinking he was about to get double teamed by JH and a bunch of his cronies took this opportunity to apply a well placed knee squarely in the middle of JH's face at which point he laid out on the ground and took a short nap.

        Things gotten broken up after that, but the fortunate thing for everyone here is that it was all captured on tape. So, you will be able to relive the magic of this special moment. And that hopefully it will be avaliable for download soon.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        I need to see that footage.
      1. Torgus's Avatar
        Torgus -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        I need to see that footage.
        Seriously, where is the video.
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        I just emailed Sticky the lawsuits against Hennessey found on www.hcdistrictclerk.com.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I have them and I will read through them when I get a chance. Considering they are public record, I don't mind putting them up.
      1. AMGAffalterbach's Avatar
        AMGAffalterbach -
        Thank you for writing this Sticky with all of the above evidence, it needed to be said (again).