There is a point when too much of something is not a good thing. Too much coffee is never good; neither are too many hamburgers. Apparently “too much” is not in vehicle tuner Hennessey’s vocabulary. Next up on Hennessey’s chopping block, or chop shop, is the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor packing the 6.2-liter engine.
The 6.2-liter already manages a stout 411 horsepower, which is more than enough to send the Raptor over almost any obstacle, but Hennessey thought otherwise. In normal Hennessey fashion two turbochargers were strapped to the engine, pushing the horsepower to a mean 622, and torque to 638 pound-feet. This power increase is just shy of turning water into gold. For those who don’t like the inner workers of automotive arithmetic, that equates to about 517 horsepower…at the wheels.
Hennessey claims that with the four-wheel drive mode in the Raptor, now coined the Hennessey VelociRaptor 600, the vehicle will run a 0 to 60 in just 4.9 seconds, smoking the doors off of a good number of sports cars.
Don’t go clamoring for your Raptor to be reworked by Hennessey just yet; the numbers speak big, but any improvement will have to be analyzed on (or off, rather) the track. Also, the turbochargers are packed into the front bumper, not the most ideal place for high performance equipment on an off-road vehicle.
With Ford taking an early lead in a one car race, it would seem General Motors would have something up their sleeve. Rumors of their own off-road vehicle have been mentioned, but we will just have to wait to see if GM squares off with Ford.