The VelociRaptor Ranger package is priced at around $20k - not too shabby for that kind of power.
Ford doesn't make the F-150 SVT Lightning any more. As the F-150 grew ever larger and heavier throughout the 2000s, Ford eventually came to the difficult conclusion that it had simply grown too massive to practically turn into a high-performance road missile. Still, while Ford has no intentions of bringing the Lightning back, super-fast versions of Ford's best-selling vehicle do exist; some speed shops and dealers have taken it upon themselves to build the modern-day Lightning that the Blue Oval refuses to make, and of course, Ford's own F-150 Raptor is no slouch.
But what if you're in the market for something a bit more modestly sized? Hennessey's got you covered.
The Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger is an up-tuned, super-high-performance version of Ford's factory mid-size truck, with 360 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque on tap courtesy of the same 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder that powers the stock truck, buoyed by an upgraded exhaust and a dyno tune. That puts it 90 hp short of the stock F-150 Raptor, but incredibly, the VelociRaptor Ranger can still outrun Ford's hardcore off-roader in a straight-line, scooting to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and tearing through the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds. That's not on-road tires, mind you; the VelociRaptor Ranger ships with a set of BFGoodrich T/A KM2 mud-terrain tires installed.
The video above, put out by Hennessey Performance Engineering just this week, allows us to go along for the ride as a customer's truck is put through its paces at Hennessey's Texas facility.
"It's fantastic. It's kind of everything I thought it would be, and then some," says Hennessey customer Mr. Pizinger. "Aesthetically, it's gorgeous. Everything from the sound of the exhaust to the performance is - it's going to be fun."
Mr. Pizinger makes the point that if he'd bought a Raptor straight from Ford, he "would have loaded it up, and I would have spent more money than this." That's a valid point; the VelociRaptor Ranger starts at around $65k, including the cost of the donor truck, which is a not-unreasonable price for something that can outrun a Raptor. If a customer already has a Ranger to convert, the cost of the upgrade is around $20k.