Back in March 2019, the folks over at Hennessey Performance in the United States took the wraps off their VelociRaptor Ranger. Now they’ve pitted this uprated Ranger against a stock version of the F-150 Raptor.
For the record, the VelociRaptor Ranger hikes the (US-spec) turbocharged 2,3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine’s peak outputs from the standard 201 kW and 420 N.m to a somewhat more exciting 260 kW and 522 N.m.
The Texas-based firm has also handed the Ranger a few choice off-road goodies, including a stage 1 suspension upgrade that lifts the vehicle by more than 100 mm. Add special 17-inch alloy wheels and chunky BFG off-road rubber (in 285/70 R17 size), and the VelociRaptor Ranger stands around 150 mm inches taller than standard.
So, back to the drag race. While the VelociRaptor Ranger is obviously smaller and lighter than the F-150 Raptor, the latter’s turbocharged 3,5-litre V6 petrol unit is more powerful, offering around 335 kW and 690 N.m.
Should make for an interesting race, right? Watch the video above…
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