New Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6 Is One Angry Mothertrucker

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You know the recipe, now you can see it in action on the latest generation of F-150 Raptor.

Hennessey builds record-breaking hypercars such as the Venom F5 or making any American muscle car pump out more than four figures on a dyno, but this Texas-based tuner-cum-hypercar manufacturer has been known to mess around with all sorts of other vehicles, including trucks.

The company's 6x6 truck builds are world famous and the third-gen Ford F-150 Raptor is the latest model to enjoy the six-wheeled treatment. This third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is a prime example of Hennessey's wide range of abilities and is one of the wildest 6x6 builds we've seen in a long time, and we've seen a few. The best part is that this amazingly badass truck isn't just a bunch of cobbled-together axles and wheels but actually carries a substantial warranty and an extensive parts list that will make most SEMA builds look like backyard builds.

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Hennessey has extensive experience in transforming trucks into monsters; just look at the crazy Mammoth 6x6 TRX and Goliath 6x6 Silverado, and its latest offering is no different.

The Ford F-150 Raptor is a highly capable off-road machine in stock form, but Hennessey takes things to the next level by transforming this formidable off-roader into a 6x6 machine capable of dominating any obstacle. Hennessey starts by lengthening and lifting the stock truck. The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6 features a massive eight-foot load bed (the stock truck gets a 5.5-foot bed), and the advanced Fox suspension setup raises the ride height by three inches along with the extra height gained by a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in 37-inch off-road tires. At the back, you'll find a set of dual-locking rear axles that add 50% more tractive grip.

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The exterior of this beast features a 'Velociraptor' front bumper with a front LED light bar. The rear Velociraptor bumper ties the package together, and the car sits level thanks to a front suspension leveling kit. Hennessey and Velociraptor badging adorn the bodywork, and inside the cabin and under the hood, you'll find a unique serial number for each truck.

Speaking of what's under the hood, the VelociRaptor 6x6 gets an upgraded version of the stock turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. Hennessey fits a high-flow air induction system, a large intercooler and piping system, a stainless-steel exhaust system, an ECU software upgrade, and even takes it on a dyno run and 400-mile road test before delivery. The power increase is impressive: these trucks make 558 horsepower and 672 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

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"Everything is bigger and faster in Texas, and our VelociRaptor 6x6 takes this concept to the extreme!" says CEO and company founder John Hennessey. "Building on the capability, power, and presence of our VelociRaptor truck, our latest six-wheel drive offering will delight customers across the US and worldwide with its power and go-anywhere abilities."

Each VelociRaptor 6x6 comes with a comprehensive 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and can be ordered through authorized Ford dealerships or directly with Hennessey.

You have to pay - a lot - to play, however. Priced at $399,950, including the base truck, the Gen 3 VelociRaptor 6x6 is an expensive toy. For the same money, you could buy the new Ferrari Purosangue "not-an-SUV." But we get the impressions the VelociRaptor could drive straight over that.

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