Nobody does super trucks the way Hennessey does super trucks.
Ford recently heeded the demands of its fans and shoved a V8 in an F-150 Raptor, calling it the Raptor R. But for some, its 700 horsepower simply isn't enough, so Hennessey has announced a new package called the VelociRaptoR 1000, which, you guessed it, gives you 1,000 hp and more than 850 lb-ft of torque.
To be explicitly clear, this truck is not out yet. Hennessey is simply announcing that it has found a way to make the Raptor R more Raptor and less F-150. Much like its wild Mammoth truck, the new VelociRaptoR 1000 will be just about the most absurd vehicle with a bed that money can buy.
In order to achieve these monumental gains over the stock truck, which was already incredible, Hennessey will swap out Ford's piddly 2.65-liter supercharger for a much more aggressive and hilarious 3.8-liter blower - more than the displacement of the engine in a BMW M3.
Other upgrades assist the supercharger in doing its work, including high-flow induction to get the air in as quick as possible, and a new supercharger belt to make sure it can cope with all the forces exerted on it. More air needs more fuel, so larger fuel injectors and upgraded fuel lines help in this regard. The net result is roughly 40% more power, and we're led to believe the potential exists for even more.
"The Hennessey VelociRaptor is the world's best-selling modified performance truck, of which we've built thousands for customers all around the globe," says John Hennessey, company founder and CEO. "The VelociRaptoR 1000 raises the performance bar significantly in terms of sheer power. Add in the characteristic supercharger whine and the distinctive exhaust note from the unique cross-plane V8, and the package is unbeatable."
That's because Hennessey used its own 1,200-hp version of the Shelby GT500 for the development of this package. Both the GT500 and the Raptor R use a 5.2-liter Predator V8 in stock form with minor variations per application. That's likely why Hennessey hasn't gone full bananas here, but the potential exists, and we're sure that with enough demand, the company might consider a full-fat package for the Raptor R as well.
In addition to development on the Venom 1200, Hennessey has also conducted model-specific testing on its in-house dyno and extensive on and off-road testing. The brand stands by its reliability as well, offering a two-year/24,000-mile warranty.
Obviously, plenty of other changes have been teased too. These include new bumpers, light bars, and 20-inch Hennessey wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires. Naturally, you get an abundance of Hennessey badges and a serial-numbered plaque.
Expect the VelociRaptoR 1000 in 2023.