Hennessey, Texas company known for building some of the world’s fastest cars, transformed Ford’s Raptor pick-up truck into Limited Edition Sport Utility Vehicle. Hennessey Performance (HPE) transformed 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.”
“Don’t plan on pre-running Baja or negotiating Rubicon with our SUV – that is not why we built it”, said company founder, John Hennessey. But, if you’re looking for the ultimate vehicle to drive from Aspen to Telluride in January, the VelociRaptor SUV would be perfect.”
The VelociRaptor SUV base price is $149,500 and production is going to be limited to just 30 units per year, announced the company. 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.
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.
Hennessey also operates Tuner School, the world’s first (fully state accredited) school dedicated to teaching and training future performance vehicle tuners.
Hennessey Performance’s stable includes Cadillac CTS-V, 2010 – 2013 F-150 Raptor, 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS & ZL1, Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Chevrolet Corvette C6, Z06 & ZR1, 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang, 2013 Hennessey Venom GT, 2013 Boss 302 Mustang, Chevrolet, GMC & Cadillac, to name just a few.