If you are a fan of the “Jurassic Park” movie franchise, you probably know a whole bunch of stuff about different dinosaurs. For instance, you probably know that Brontosauruses, the massive water-loving beasts, were herbivores – they ate plants – while Tyrannosaurus rex ate Bronto-burgers because they were meat-eaters or carnivores. And, then there are those “playful” little dinos, the Raptors, or to be more precise, Velociraptors. They are speedy, hunt in packs, and they are supposed to have a degree of intelligence that is incredible – according to the movies.
What Does This Have To Do With Ford F-150 Pickups?
So, what does this have to do with Ford F-150 and other trucks? It’s simple. Did you know that, if you can afford it, you can have your very own VelociRaptor? Okay, it's not a real dinosaur, but it still is a Raptor. In this case, though, it is a Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) Velociraptor, outside your house? Of course, it’s not a dino, but it’s still a pretty neat piece of work. HPE, one of the country’s leading tuners, has taken a 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor, the automaker’s nicely mannered desert-runner, and turned it into earth-ripping Velociraptor. The outline of the vehicle has remained the same but, take our word for it; it’s not the same vehicle at all.
Hennessey used the base Raptor’s 802a electronics package. The 802a electronics consist of blind-spot assist, adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled seats, navigation, and more. The pickup also included the Raptor Technology Package, LED headlights and taillights.
Indeed, here’s the rest of the story on this Ford F-150 Raptor. When it arrived at Hennessey, it was your standard-issue Ford F-150 Raptor. It had the stock High-Output 3.5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 under the hood. The twin-turbo engine puts out 450 horsepower and 510 pounds-feet of torque. Hennessey’s first move was to pull out the twin-turbo mill and replace it with Ford’s Coyote 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. The V-8 engine was supercharged using a 2.9L Whipple Supercharger. That change alone boosted the horsepower output from what was now becoming a Hennessey VelociRaptor to 750 horsepower.
Hennessey Techs Upgrade The Ford 10-Speed Tranny
During the conversion, Hennessey upgraded Ford’s 10-speed automatic tranny. Also, they installed a custom Ford wiring harness and ECU. Also, the engineering team installed an air-to-water intercooler into the engine bay. In the meantime, the team added a high-flow air-induction system as were upgraded fuel injectors. As you can tell, the Hennessey engineering team went above and beyond in its conversion. Indeed, to make sure that the fuel flow was more than adequate to the upgraded injectors, the team installed an upgraded fuel pump system.
Continuing the changes, the team added a stainless-steel cat-back exhaust system. The crew also performed an engine management calibration and put the now-VelociRaptor onto the chassis dyno.
The engine bay wasn’t the only part of the Ford F-150 Raptor that was changed. The Hennessey engineering team also installed Hennessey’s Stage 1 Off-Road Kit. The kit includes the VelociRaptor front bumper with five Rigid Industries LED lights, the VelociRaptor rear bumper, 20-inch Hennessey Off-Road Wheels fitted with 35-inch off-road tires. A 2.5-inch front suspension lift kit made the wheel-tire upgrade possible. Hennessey upgraded the amenities with the addition of a full black leather interior.
A three-year/36,000-miles limited warranty covers the Hennessey VelociRaptor.
Ford F-150 VelociRaptor Has Huge Price
Torque News found this particular “dino” on eBay. The price for this conversion vehicle is – hold onto your steering wheels – is $154,995. Of course, the pricing does include a pair of plates on the dash panel and the engine that indicates tells you where in the limited production plan for these pickups your VelociRaptor falls.
If you’d like to look more closely at the VelociRaptor, go over to eBay and search for Hennessey VelociRaptors. You’ll see at least four of them, including a 6X6 monster going for $375,000. You can contact HPE at 979-885-1300 for more information.
Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as Fixya.com and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Most of Marc's stories can be found at Torque News Ford coverage. Check back again and search for Torque News Ford F-150 news for more F-150 truck news coverage.