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Hennessey VelociRaptor goes Jurassic with the Ford Ranger

Hennessey VelociRaptor goes Ju...
Hennessey, being from Texas, likes things big, so the fact that the company would figure out how to not only make the all-new Ford Ranger more powerful but also larger is not a surprise
Hennessey, being from Texas, likes things big, so the fact that the company would figure out how to not only make the all-new Ford Ranger more powerful but also larger is not a surprise
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Hennessey, being from Texas, likes things big, so the fact that the company would figure out how to not only make the all-new Ford Ranger more powerful but also larger is not a surprise
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Hennessey, being from Texas, likes things big, so the fact that the company would figure out how to not only make the all-new Ford Ranger more powerful but also larger is not a surprise
Hennessey's changes result in the Ranger’s little 2.3-liter turbocharged engine jumping from an already-respectable 270 horsepower (201 kW) to 350 bhp (261 kW) in output
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Hennessey's changes result in the Ranger’s little 2.3-liter turbocharged engine jumping from an already-respectable 270 horsepower (201 kW) to 350 bhp (261 kW) in output
Off-road gear and suspension lifting are also included in the Hennessey Ranger VelociRaptor
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Off-road gear and suspension lifting are also included in the Hennessey Ranger VelociRaptor

Hennessey loves making VelociRaptor models out of Fords. The latest is a pumped up 2019 Ford Ranger, boosted to shave more than a second off its 0-60 time by juicing it with 80 more horses and 75 more foot pounds. The VelociRaptor Ranger costs a mere US$65,000 and there will only be 500 of them.

If this sounds crazy, it's not the first time Hennessey has mega-tuned a pickup truck. The Raptor is a singular favorite for the aftermarket tuning company. Back in 2013, Hennessey boosted horsepower and modified the Ford Raptor to make it into a VelociRaptor SUV. Three years later, it added an extra axle and more horesepower to make the six-wheeled VelociRaptor 6x6. Now there's a new take on the Hennessey VelociRaptor.

Hennessey's changes result in the Ranger’s little 2.3-liter turbocharged engine jumping from an already-respectable 270 horsepower (201 kW) to 350 bhp (261 kW) in output
Hennessey's changes result in the Ranger’s little 2.3-liter turbocharged engine jumping from an already-respectable 270 horsepower (201 kW) to 350 bhp (261 kW) in output

Hennessey, being from Texas, likes things big, so the fact that the company would figure out how to not only make the all-new Ford Ranger more powerful but also larger is not a surprise. The auto tuners added larger tires, fender flares, a light bar, and Hennessey-branded wheels, suspension (with lift), exhaust, and airflow induction. Plus some reprogramming of the stock Ranger's engine management software.

These changes result in the Ranger's little 2.3-liter turbocharged engine jumping from an already-respectable 270 horsepower (201 kW) to 350 bhp (261 kW) in output. Torque was also improved from 310 pound-feet (420 Nm) to 385 lb-ft (522 Nm) of twist. This improved output means that the stock 7.4-second 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) drops to sports car territory at 6.1 seconds.

Those performance jumps weren't good enough for Hennessey's dream of a US$65,000 truck, though. Off-road gear and suspension lifting also had to be included.

Off-road gear and suspension lifting are also included in the Hennessey Ranger VelociRaptor
Off-road gear and suspension lifting are also included in the Hennessey Ranger VelociRaptor

Hennessey added four inches of lift to the Ranger through an in-house Stage 1 off-road suspension upgrade kit. Then put 17-inch Hennessey-branded alloy wheels on the truck and clad those in BF Goodrich 285/70 All-Terrain Tires. All of this added about six inches (15.2 cm) of height to the Ranger.

A new front bumper with LED lighting and a more aggressive approach angle was also added. An overhead LED lightbar is an option for the truck as well, also a Hennessey special.

There will be up to 500 VelociRaptor Ranger models made for 2019, Hennessey says, at a cost of $64,950, including the truck. Alternatively, already-purchased Ranger models can be upfitted by Hennessey for $19,950 plus shipping costs.

Source: Hennessey

2 comments
guzmanchinky
Very cool, but is pressing that much horsepower out of a 2.3 liter motor reliable off road? Not just at speed, but also crawling?
Koolski2
Sweet!!!