Hennessey VelociRaptor 600 Takes on a Stock F-150 Raptor

Once upon a time, Ford built a baja-ready F-150 SVT that put out 411 hp and equipped with a highly capable 4 wheel drive.  That day ended with the new 2015 model of Raptor – with Ford’s renewed efforts to push the envelope on fuel efficiency rather than raw, rugged performance.  Unfortunately, Ford has decided to take a hiatus from producing these lean, mean turf grinders for the sake of aforementioned efficiency.

Major Differences Between the Stock 2014 Ford F-150 and the VelociRaptor

•    Engine Performance
Without shedding unnecessary tears, we’ll take a look at the last Raptor to come off the line and see where Hennessey improves it.  Starting with the regular unleaded 6.2 L 380 V-8 engine, the 2014 Raptor pushes out 411 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 434 lb ft of torque at 4500.

The VelociRaptor 600 keeps the 5.0 L Super Crew V8 that initially set this light-duty vehicle apart from the pack.  Giving it a super-charged boost that brings this beast to over 600 hp and stripping off non-essentials to lighten it some 700 lbs, Hennessey has taken a serious light-duty and brought it back to the pedestal it so rightly deserves.

•    Suspension & Handling

However, where the Hennessey really takes off is in the improvement of Ford’s signature double wishbone suspension.  While great for a variety of terrains, double wishbone certainly has its short falls.  Hennessey sought to improve the suspension with after-market favorite – Fox Racing Shox.  These are the same shocks used in baja-racing buggies and offer a unique independent versatility not found in the stock Raptor SVT.

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•    Manual Shift Controls