Hennessey stacks their new VelociRaptor Ranger upgrade against a stock Ford F-150 Raptor to see which one is the faster truck.
Not everyone wants a big truck. Some of us want a reasonably sized truck that we can take to the mall and still find parking. Some of us just want a nice ride height and a bed so we can help our friends move. That’s not an unreasonable desire.
But everyone wants a fast truck. That’s why Hennessey has created the Ford VelociRaptor Ranger--a reasonably-sized pickup with an unreasonably high velocity.
What started life as a regular Ford Ranger with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque has been given the Hennessey treatment. That means a new stainless steel catback exhaust, a high-flow air induction system, ECU tuning, and 4-inch suspension lift. Add it all together and the VelociRaptor Ranger now gets 350 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque and can scoot from zero to sixty in just 6.1 seconds.
That’s fast, for a pickup, but is it Ford Raptor fast?
On paper, not really. The Raptor has a 450 horsepower twin-turbo V6 that’s capable of launching from zero to sixty in just 5.7 seconds. The Raptor does weigh significantly more than the Ranger at around 5,200 lbs (compared to the Ranger’s 4,300 lbs), but with a third again more horses under the hood, that really shouldn’t matter in a drag race.
And yet we have a surprise upset when Hennessey puts the VelociRaptor Ranger against a stock Raptor. Even more surprising is how the Ranger pulls ahead off the line and keeps accelerating past the Raptor for the entire length of the quarter-mile drag race. By Hennessey’s own numbers, that shouldn’t have happened.
Admittedly, this is a very informal drag race. There’s no lights to tell each driver when to smash the accelerator and instead it’s just someone honking a horn. But the VelociRaptor Ranger seemed far more dominant, and the regular Raptor far more sedate, than any of the numbers would have you believe.
We might need a rematch to verify this particular result. Just saying.