RE: VelociRaptor 6x6 gets 602hp

RE: VelociRaptor 6x6 gets 602hp

Thursday 21st December 2017

VelociRaptor 6x6 gets 602hp

Hennessey's latest Frankenstein gets 100hp per wheel from Ford's fantastically amenable V6



You've got to hand it to hand it to the Americans; they don't do things by half. Only yesterday PH was collectively marvelling at the first image of the Boeing MQ-25, a drone large enough to carry out refuelling duties when launched from an aircraft carrier. Today, we're looking at the details of the VelociRaptor 6x6 - Hennessey's latest attempt to make something massive move unreasonably fast.

"Does my bum look big in this?"
"Does my bum look big in this?"
We've seen the six-wheeled truck before, of course - it was revealed at this year's SEMA show, where the idea of stretching a Ford F-150 Raptor so that it might incorporate an additional axle is almost par for the course. Now though the tuner has enlightened us with some more details, including the identity of the engine responsible for making Goliath move.

And while it isn't quite as regal as the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 powering Mercedes-AMG's equally bonkers G63 6x6, the heavily modified 3.5-litre V6 Ecoboost unit (shared with the standard Raptor) is unlikely to disappoint given that Hennessey has extracted 602hp and 622lb ft from it via new wastegates, intake, intercooler, exhaust and ECU.

Consequently, despite the 300kg weight penalty associated with the conversion, the firm claims a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds. It's not all about the performance on deserted black top though; Hennessey has made all three axles lockable, too - which ought to make for a fairly diligent amount of traction should you choose to smash the countryside into submission.

'Murica, truck yeah and so on
'Murica, truck yeah and so on
To that end the VelociRaptor's suspension is upgraded, the 20-inch wheels get proper off-road tyres and the bumpers and lights are clearly at the try-hard end of scale. Everything about the 602hp, six-wheel truck is try-hard - and it needs to be when Hennessey is charging customers at least $349,000 for the pleasure of owning one.

Production - occasionally a relative term at Hennessey if its detractors are to be believed - has apparently begun, although the 6x6 will ultimately be limited to just 50 examples. Making it slightly more likely that you'll see a Boeing MQ-25 before encountering one in the UK.

 

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cib24

Original Poster:

590 posts

81 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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$349,000 for a Ford F250...Hennessey makes some cool stuff but that's just a stupid price.

Gameface

1,827 posts

5 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Pull your finger out PH. Sort a twin test between this and the AMG.

soad

28,545 posts

104 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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At least AMG features a V8...

unpc

1,861 posts

141 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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I'd much rather have the standard Raptor. Definitely one for my lottery garage but no doubt that garage wouldn't be in the UK.

cookie1600

864 posts

89 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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I mean Hennessey (again). Where do we stand with him these days after past alleged misdemeanours, is it all good?
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Nanook

30,621 posts

115 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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cookie1600 said:
I mean Hennessey (again). Where do we stand with him these days after past alleged misdemeanours, is it all good?
The guy's name used to be mud around here, didn't it?

Then overnight, all was forgotten. Strange.

cookie1600

864 posts

89 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Nanook said:
The guy's name used to be mud around here, didn't it?

Then overnight, all was forgotten. Strange.
Yep. Type his name into Google and the Jalopnik and Car Throttle articles come up before his own website. Even Wiki has a paragraph about the controversy and some of these articles are only from the middle of last year.

I have no experience either way of course so can't call it, but there is a lot of stuff on the web that makes interesting reading.

si_xsi

856 posts

123 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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A red-necks wet dream come true.

je777

216 posts

32 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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There's no way I'd drive a car with fewer than eight wheels.

unsprung

1,588 posts

52 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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article said:
Does my bum look big in this?
laugh

si_xsi said:
A red-necks wet dream come true.
I believe that this vehicle was designed primarily with the Middle East customer in mind.


NotFromSomerset

11 posts

29 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Test between this, G wagon and defender 6 wheeler please PH!

TooMany2cvs

23,818 posts

54 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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NotFromSomerset said:
Test between this, G wagon and defender 6 wheeler please PH!
IIRC Project Khav were lying out their back teeth about the number of driven wheels in their Flying sman silliness.

Scottie - NW

763 posts

161 months

Thursday 21st December 2017
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Does this run 4.5 bar of boost as well?

PhillipM

5,312 posts

117 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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Only 100bhp per wheel? Pfft, a 530D will beat that by miles - even without the remap!

ash73

14,471 posts

149 months

Friday 22nd December 2017
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You'd have to have an incredibly small penis to drive one of these.