Pax Power is taking aim at other Raptor conversions with their own special off-road beast based on the Ford F-150 Platinum.
While other aftermarket truck makers focus on taking the 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost engine out of the Raptor and then swapping it with a 5.0-L V8, Houston-based PaxPower has taken a different approach. Rather than start with the Raptor, they’re starting with a Ford F-150 Platinum and then giving it Raptor-levels of performance.
Or should we say Raptor-beating-levels?
Starting with the F-150 Platinum means the pickup already comes with a lot of great standard features such as dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated & vented front seats, automatic headlights, an optional moonroof, and a leather interior. It also gets Ford’s 5.0-L V8 attached to a 10-speed automatic transmission with a rear-locking differential and four-wheel-drive.
However, instead of the plain Platinum exterior, PaxPower replaces the body panels with those found on the Raptor including the iconic grille and tailgate. Everything then gets wrapped in black satin vinyl while the roof gets a row of LED lamps.
Under the hood, the 5.0-L V8 gets a 2.9-L supercharger kit with two power options. Stage 1 boosts power to 700 horses which is legal in all 50 states and comes with a 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty. Stage 2 gets 758 horses, but is not legal in California and doesn’t get the great warranty.
But let's not forget the off-road goodies, starting with the suspension. The Platinum pickup ditches the stock shocks for King 3.0-inch adjustable internal bypass shocks and Deaver rear leaf springs. A set of 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires wrap around 17-inch wheels, while a Borla dual exhaust provides an iconic note.
Called the PaxPower Ultimate Gen 2 Raptor, this V8-power beast will set you back a cool $125,000. However, the truck tuner seems to be aiming at other Ford-tuning companies like Hennessey and Roush, noting that their V8-conversion Raptor is cheaper than the competition. You can order yours direct from PaxPower or from your local Ford dealer.