Say hello to the VelociRaptor 6X6 Concept from Hennessey Performance (HPE)! HPE essentially picked out a base 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor truck and transformed it into six-wheel drive off-road vehicle boasting of an output of over 600 horsepower.
The VelociRaptor 6X6 concept – with a starting price of $295,000 – has the base 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor four-door truck, upgraded Fox suspension, 6X6 locking rear axles, special front and rear bumpers, roll bar and LED lights as well as upgraded 20-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires. For customers seeking a more powerful version, they could avail of HPE’s VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo upgrade, which includes upgraded twin turbochargers, upgraded front mounted air-to-air intercooler and plumbing and stainless steel exhaust modifications, as well as re-tuned factory computer, electronic upgrades and armoring systems.
Moreover, Hennessey's VelociRaptor 6X6 concept is also specified with larger wheels and tires, upgraded Brembo front and rear brake, upgraded LED lighting and customized interiors. This twin turbo upgrade could be availed by new Raptor customers at $22,500. John Hennessey, founder and chief executive of HPE, quipped that the company has built over 800 VelociRaptor modified Raptor trucks for clients around the world in the past five years.
Now, HPE is offering the VelociRaptor 6X6 truck and the VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo engine upgrade to customers seeking better performance and better off-road capability. He described the VelociRaptor 6X6 as pure aggression on wheels. He noted that the new 2017 Raptor would be one of the best all-around trucks built, and HPE is excited to take it to a whole new level both in terms of performance and exclusivity.
Interested clients could order the VelociRaptor 6X6 from HPE or from select Hennessey or Ford dealers. Meanwhile, Ford’s latest Raptor now comes with a purpose-built fully boxed frame considered as the strongest in the F-150 lineup. After all, the new truck employs more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
The core of this new F-150 Raptor is the second-generation 3.5-liter Ford EcoBoost engine that could deliver a higher level of power and higher degree of efficiency than the current model’s 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 411 hp of max output and 434 lb.-ft. of peak torque.
Further efficiencies and performance enhancements are achieved by mating this high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with an all-new 10-speed transmission as well as four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case with advanced off-road mode driver-assist technology.
This new transfer case blends the best qualities of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive and the durability of mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. In addition, the new Ford F-150 Raptor has the all-new Terrain Management System that allows drivers to pick certain modes to optimize driving dynamics according to environmental conditions.
The Raptor could also be fitted with an available Torsen front differential that could significantly hike grip on the front end to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades. As standard, the Ford F-150 Raptor is equipped with the new FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology could dampen and stiffen suspension travel when managing rough terrain. For this version of the F-150, Ford enlarged the diameters of the front and rear shock canisters from 2.5 inches to 3 inches, allowing more suspension travel than the current Raptor (11.2 inches on the front and 12 inches at the rear).
The chiseled appearance of the new ford F-150 Raptor is evocative of Trophy Trucks, which are regarded as the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. For a higher level of off-road stability, the F-150 Raptor is around six inches wider than the standard model. Further off-road enhancement comes courtesy of a new dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels wrapped in next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.