When you need a predator that is stronger, faster, tougher, and sharper than an ordinary Ford F-150 Raptor, talk to Hennessy Performance about a 6x6VelociRaptor. They can set you up with a limited edition off-road beast that snacks on ordinary pickups.
At the 2017 SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, John Hennessy unveiled “pure aggression on wheels — all six of them.” The company took a 2018 Ford Raptor and infused it with a serious dose of ridiculous and awesome.
The Mercedes-Benz G636x6 isn’t the only three-axle luxury-performance behemoth on the market anymore. The Hennessy Performance team took the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which was already good for 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, and took it even further. They added bigger turbos, bigger intercoolers, a new exhaust, and a reprogrammed ECU to push the output to over 600 horsepower.
The VelociRaptor also gets a roll bar, an extended bed, custom heavy duty bumpers, a beefed-up suspension, 20-inch Hennessy signature wheels, and a ton of LEDs. The dual rear axles feature locking differentials to get all that power directly to the dirt. Standing a few inches taller, it will conquer even rockier stuff than a standard Raptor.
You can get all that, including the donor truck, for $349,000. Another $22,000 will get you a Brembo brake upgrade. For the interior, the sky’s the limit. Hennessy’s designers have access to a crazy range of luxury, technology, and probably wizardry options. Of course, if you’re feeling extra-special, you can get it armored, too. Order directly from Hennessy Performance or select Ford dealerships.
Hennessy also builds the VelociRaptor SUV. This four-wheel, four-door machine is based on a Lariat F-250. Choose either a 650 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 or an 880 pound-feet 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V8.
Based in Houston, Texas, Hennessy Performance has been tuning and retrofitting cars, trucks, and SUVs since 1991. They modify a wide range of vehicles, from Corvettes to Jeeps to McLarens. In 2008, they founded a tuning school to train the next generation of automotive masterminds.
Hennessy is most famous for the Venom GT, a modified Lotus Exige with 1244 horsepower and a 1244 kilogram curb weight. The 7.0-liter V8 pushed the car from 0-300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) in 13.63 seconds and a top speed over 270 miles per hour.
Had the high-speed run been completed in both directions, rather than just one, and if Hennessey had built 30 cars rather than only 12, it would have qualified for the fastest ever production car at the time. The Bugatti Veyron currently holds the world record for the fastest production car with a top speed of 267.856 mph.
Hennessy will shortly reveal the Venom F5, which aims to produce 1500 horsepower and aspire to 300 mph.
The VelociRaptor doesn’t care about road speed, however. It’s all about off-road domination to a foolish extent. Are six wheels and six hundred horses necessary? Hennessy Performance has never been about necessity.