How quick is Hennessey's ultimate pickup truck?
The Ford F-150 Raptor is, without question, one of the hardest of hardcore trucks on the market. With a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque and unparalleled off-road capability, few modern-day trucks are the Raptor's equal. But even still, some buyers crave even more performance from their off-road pickup, which is why tuners like Hennessey remain in business.
Hennessey will happily boost your Raptor up to 600 hp, but if that's still not good enough, it'll stuff a supercharged V8 under the hood good for 750 hp. The result is the VelociRaptor V8, which can hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and Hennessey couldn't wait to show off the truck's performance.
What better way to show off the VelociRaptor V8's performance than a drag race against a V8 sports car? Since Hennessey has a drag strip right in its back yard, it was easy to arrange an exhibition race against a V8 Chevy Camaro SS. Hennessey initially posted a video of the race but it was later taken down at the Camaro owner's request.
The Camaro used in the race was a convertible model, which is heavier and slower than the coupe, but just remember, the stock Raptor weighs over 5,500 pounds and this V8 model is likely even heavier. Using a convertible evens the playing field on weight ever so slightly, despite the Camaro tipping the scales at under 4,000 pounds.
Aside from each having V8 engines, these two vehicles could not be more different. But with an estimated 0-60 mph time of around 4.4 seconds, the stock Camaro's performance figures look pretty close to the VelociRaptor V8's stats on paper. With an unlimited stretch of runway, the Camaro would undoubtedly walk away with the victory but over a shorter race, the VelociRaptor V8 is able to hang in there. The race was remarkably close but the VelociRaptor managed to squeeze out the victory.
Hennessey will only build 100 units of the VelociRaptor V8 for 2019 starting at $147,950, which includes the cost of buying a stock Raptor. Each one comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a supercharged V8 conversion.