Raptor On Steroids: Hennessey’s 2017 VelociRaptor


Hennessey Performance has been known to take a powerful vehicle like the Ford Raptor and pump even more power into it. It was only a matter of before they got their hands on the 2017 Ford Raptor.

“Our last VelociRaptor 600 was very popular with our V8 Raptor customers”, said John Hennessey, Founder & CEO of Hennessey Performance. “We are very excited about our latest upgrades for the twin-turbo Ecoboost V6 engines and for our clients upgrade who want even more power, performance and off-road capability from their new Raptor trucks.”

The VelociRaptor shown here has both the VelociRaptor 600 package and the stage one off-road kit installed. In our opinion, this is how the Raptor should have looked from the factory!

Power is increased by additional airflow coming from higher flowing twin turbochargers which breath through a lower restriction intake system. The compressed air, at higher boost pressure (21 psi vs 18 psi stock) is fed through a larger, more efficient air to air intercooler system and then into the intake tract and motor. Exhaust from the turbos exits via a free flow true dual stainless steel exhaust system.

The package for the 2017 Raptor includes a high-flow air induction system, high-flow factory twin turbocharger system upgrade, air to air front mounted intercooler upgrade, intercooler piping upgrade, stainless steel exhaust system, Hennessey and VelociRaptor 600 twin turbo, exterior emblems, hood plaque, and engine management computer software upgrade.

The VelociRaptor badging and package can be seen on in and out of the vehicle. From the exterior badging to the logo on the seats everyone will know that there is a beast under the hood.

After the kit is professional installed and goes on the chassis dyno for calibration and testing it is road tested for up to 200 miles. “We only plan to build 100 units for the 2017 model year,” said Hennessey. “Our customers like having something special and exclusive as well as fast and fun to drive.” The VelociRaptor 600 upgrade costs $22,500 installed at the Hennessey facility in Texas and can be ordered directly from the company or local Ford dealers.

Hennessey also offers a VelociRaptor off-road stage one kit that includes VelociRaptor front and rear bumper, five LED lights in front bumper, 20-inch Hennessey 10-spoke wheels, 35-inch Toyo off-road tires, and front suspension leveling kit with an overall lift of three inches. This kit runs $12,995 and is available by itself or as an additional option to the VelociRaptor 600 package.

With only 100 vehicles being produced with this package, who will be the lucky ones to pick one up?

The power numbers on the new truck are also very impressive. The truck puts out 605 bhp at 6,000 rpm with 622 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The VelociRaptor will go 0 -60 mph in 4.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 110 mph.

For more information on Hennessey Performance and what they can do, be sure to check out their website.


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Steven Olsewski

Steven Olsewski grew up with a true passion for anything with a motor. He loves his wife and kids, and during the year can be found enjoying quality time together. They are a huge part of his life and their passion for God.
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