The VelociRaptor is based on America’s bestselling vehicle, the Ford F-150. But horsepower-crazy tuner Hennessey had transformed this humble workhorse into something more fit for a horseman of the apocalypse. Assuming he opted to drive, of course.
The main weapon in Hennessey’s armoury is a 2.9-litre supercharger system, backed up by an air-to-water intercooler and tweaked engine management. The result is 0-60mph in just 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 110mph (limited by chunky off-road tyres).
Hennessey being Americans, they also timed the truck over a standing quarter mile – dispatched in a swift 13.6 seconds. Not bad for something the size of a suburban semi.
Clarkson’s seal of approval
Jeremy Clarkson is a big fan of the VelociRaptor after he drove it through deep Canadian snow in series 22, episode 6 of Top Gear. Richard Hammond, meanwhile was relegated to a tent.
The Stig also drove a lap of the Top Gear track in the truck. However, weather conditions were very poor and VelociRaptor didn’t set an official lap time.
Accessories on this particular pick-up include a custom yellow wrap, tinted windows, a loud Magnaflow exhaust and a 10,000lb winch – just in case you go off at Gambon and end up in a ditch.
The VelociRaptor is available direct from Hennessey in the USA. Asking price? A cool $150,000 (£96,000).
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