Based on the Ford F-150 Raptor, the team from HPE transforms SVT’s super crew cab pick-up truck into a full-sized sport-utility vehicle (SUV) with seating for up to 8 people.
“Over the past three years we have built nearly 400 upgraded Raptor trucks for enthusiasts around the world”, said Don Goldman, CEO of Hennessey Performance. “We are now very excited to be able to offer the VelociRaptor SUV to those who like the Raptor but want more seats and space.”
All of the factory Ford Raptor truck components and systems are kept in tact.
The VelociRaptor SUV base price is $159,500 and production is going to be limited to just 30 units per year. The same 6.2L 411 bhp Ford V8 powers the entry level SUV while Hennessey also offers their VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade at an additional cost. Other optional upgrades include: Brembo front brake upgrade, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting upgrades, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades. Security and armoring systems are also available.
While vehicle weight is increased by approximately 600 lbs, the standard 411 bhp SUV is able to achieve 0-60 mph times of 7.5 seconds. Bumping power to 600 bhp with the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade will drop the 0-60 mph time to 5.9 seconds. AMG G-Wagon and Range Rover owners beware.
The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV can be ordered directly from Hennessey Performance or through select Hennessey / Ford dealers.
Courtney’s featured ride this weekend on PowerBlock is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Owner David Nelson bought it three years ago already fully restored. The “Vitamin-C Orange” Mopar is classic muscle car powered by a 440 that makes around 500 horsepower. David swapped out the wheels to Magnum 500’s with BFG rubber; the way they came in ’69. The interior has been restored back to like new with the rare bucket seat/console setup. The four-speed was swapped for a five-speed Tremec and this 44 year old Plymouth only has 72 thousand miles on it.
This weekend on PowerBlock, Courtney will feature this sleek, black ’65 Bel Air. It looks harmless, but this baby has some mojo under the hood! It’s packing a Chevy 502 big block with a 850 Holley carb and lot’s of GM Performance parts. It makes 510 horsepower! The unsuspecting color is DuPont “Croma-One Black.” The stock red cloth interior is clean and crisp, but the original three on the tree was swapped out for a Tremec TKO five-speed. It rolls on stock Chevy wheels and BFG’s, the way they looked back in the day. The car was originally restored by Ron Lynch. New owner Donald Brinson says driving it makes him feel like he’s 16 again. Now what more would you want form a car?
Check it out on PowerBlock May 25 & 26.
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You’ll be seeing green this weekend as Courtney features “Jaded,” the 1966 Mustang restored by our very own Kevin Tetz from Trucks! He got the car back in 2002, and for a while thought it was beyond rescue, but look at it now! It has an ’04 Cobra supercharged 4.6 engine with an Eaton blower that makes around 600 horsepower. Kevin wanted to marry modern performance and styling cues into his classic pony car and he did with great success! It has a custom wrap around bumper and custom Shelby-styled rear body panels. It sits on a Schwartz Performance full frame chassis and Forgeline Wheels with BFG rubber. Kevin enlisted the help of T.C. Penick of Bay One Customs as well as a lot of his friends to finish the car to make the SEMA show last year in the Heat Shield Products booth. It’s one gorgeous muscle car you need to see May 18 & 19 on PowerBlock.
Courtney welcomes AutoZone Senior Vice President for Commercial Larry Roesel to PowerBlock for an announcement you Jeep guys will especially love! Ian Johnson and a team of 16 AutoZone commercial customer shop techs will tear down and build a ’99 Jeep TJ in four episodes. Larry will also explain how their Commercial Shop referral program works. Ian Johnson will pop in for some extra build details and our Xtreme 4×4 special begins June 1 & 2nd. Plus, this weekend we’ll feature a father-son build of a ’66 C-10 by Joe and Aron DuRard. Aron, who is only 13, was involved in every aspect of the resto.
This may be the rarest, most expensive car we’ve ever had on PowerBlock! This weekend Courtney features the only 1967 Shelby GT500 convertible ever built! Brian & Samantha Styles got the car and hired Shelby specialist Jeff Yergovich of R & A Motorsports to transform it back to its original state when Carroll Shelby owned it. But not one nut or bolt was touched until a year’s worth of research was done on the history of this pony car through photographs and interviews of former Shelby employees. The Styles created a website for Shelby enthusiasts and Shelby employees to contribute ideas. Jeff’s team had to duplicate the prototype fiberglass pieces by hand. It’s got a 428 Police Interceptor with two four barrel carburetors. It has unique 10 spoke wheels with Goodyear tires that Carroll loved. And the interior is show car worthy and it later became the ’68 styling prototype and photographic car. Some of the firsts for this rare car: It’s the only 1967 Shelby GT convertible built, it has the only big block GT convertible built by Shelby American, Inc, it is the only dual-quad carbureted Ford Mustang convertible and/or Shelby GT convertible built, and it’s the first big block Shelby GT convertible built.
This weekend on PowerBlock, Courtney welcomes from the School of Automotive Machinists, Linda Massingill – she’s one fast lady! Linda is now a member of the 200 mile-an-hour club at the Texas Mile with a speed of 200.4 MPH. Her fast car was prepped by students from SAM, with an engine built by the students, and this naturally-aspirated 427 cubic-inch LSX powered 1998 Camaro joined the record books in the one mile run at the old airport in Beeville, Texas. Linda and her family own SAM, a Houston, Texas, based school where you can get a degree in high performance and more. It’s education at full speed! For more go to SamRacing.com
Off-road stadium truck racing is back! Robby Gordon has resurrected something very similar to the old Mickey Thompson Stadium Series, but he’s taking it to another level. Race truck driver Jesse Johnson will join Courtney this weekend to tell you all about Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series. Jesse is the younger brother of five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Racing up to 40 identically prepared 650 horsepower trucks, some of the world’s top racers will compete at 12 of the biggest stadiums in the U.S. These trucks weigh only 3000 lbs., so you’re guaranteed to see fast, furious, door to door racing action. The next event is April 21 in Long Beach, CA, followed by a race at the L.A. Coliseum April 27. Meet Jesse Johnson on PowerBlock April 13 & 14. For more on the series visit StadiumSuperTrucks.com
There’s so much going on this weekend on a NEW episode of HorsePower! In addition to showing you some budget tech tips, we explore some of the new LS engine innovations in a ZL1 Camaro. Plus, we take a look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s new-old, reproduced 1970 Chevelle that gets its power from an LSA Crate powertrain system! Then we highlight some of the power and performance at Holley’s LS fest, which includes a high-pressure LS engine swap competition.
You can catch this episode of HorsePower at 9:30 a.m. EST Saturday and Sunday on Spike TV!