Ford’s SVT Raptor is my favorite truck right now, and comfortably sits in my Top 10 Trucks of All Time lounge. It’s fast, strong, durable, and able to go off of jumps without sending the tires through the hood and the driver to the grave. It is what I would want someone to build if I could design my own truck. The only thing it needed is more power. Ford answered that request by adding an extra option box to the dealer sheet, offering a 6.2 liter engine producing 411hp and 434 ft-lbs of torque.
But maybe you already bought your Raptor with the 5.4L, or maybe you had to get it because the lie “It’s a small engine so it gets good gas mileage” was the only thing that got your significant other to co-sign the loan. Either way, if you want more power without opting for the 6.2, you just have to call Hennessey Performance. Named the Hennessey VelociRaptor 500 ($10 says John Henessey loves Jurassic Park) this truck will eat trails and sports cars alike.
Hennessey fitted a Whipple supercharger to the 5.4L engine, along with an intake, fuel system and custom ECU tune. The result is 500hp and 520 ft-lbs of torque at only 3,200 RPM. Who would have thought the 6.2L Raptor would become the option known as “medium.” With 500hp the truck gets ever closer to the trophy trucks from which it’s inspired. And even though it’s a big, heavy truck, with the new supercharger it barges through the 1/4 mile in only 14.09 seconds. That kind of speed is competitive with many sports cars and sport sedans alike. I don’t think I’d be as interested in 1/4 mile times, as I would how much further I could jump the sand dunes at Pismo Beach. Whatever you use the Hennessey Performance VelociRaptor 500 for, it’s sure to be an exercise in excitement. The throne for “Truck of the Year” was just given a 6″ inch lift.