Texas is a big state with big ambitions—the home of big trucks with big horsepower. Thanks to John Hennessey, the pride of Sealy, Texas (at a population of 6019, we might point out that’s not so big) the list of bigs now includes his VelociRaptor, a custom-built SUV converted from Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor that will carry up to eight people and produce up to 600 horsepower. Hennessey says that this is meant to be “the ultimate vehicle to drive from Aspen to Telluride in January.” He also points out that his Frankenstein of a truck is meant for the streets and suggests, “Don’t plan on pre-running Baja or negotiating Rubicon with our SUV.”

The crew at Hennessey starts with Ford’s Raptor SuperCrew pickup, keeping as much of the stock pickup as possible, and grafts on an SUV-like tail—much like the one that was fitted to the armored VelociRaptor 575 APV. Base models come standard with Ford’s 6.2-liter V-8, which churns out 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque, and will complete the 0-to-60-mph sprint in a claimed 7.5 seconds. On top of that, there is an available 600 Supercharged package that adds a TVS2300 supercharger, an air-to-water intercooler, improved airflow, and remapped engine management. True to its name, the blower package ups output to 600 horsepower; and while the weight of the VelociRaptor is some 600 pounds heavier than that of the Raptor SuperCrew, this monster, according to Hennessey, will scoot you to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

In addition to the Ford Excursion–lookalike tail end and the optional supercharger, Hennessey also adds Brembo brakes on the forward corners; LED lighting updates; custom interiors with seating layouts for six, seven, or eight passengers; upgraded electronics; and larger wheels and tires.


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There are plans to build just 30 examples of the VelociRaptor each year with a starting price of $149,500. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a VelociRaptor 800, too? If you guessed it produced 800 horsepower, you’d be wrong. Its twin-turbo V-8 cranks out a hefty 810 horsepower. Trucks don’t get much more Texan than that.

By John Lamm

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