This custom V8-powered F-150 could definitely take on a Raptor, and probably win.
If you wanted to own a teeny-tiny Raptor, you’re out of luck. You can get a Raptor with a short, 5-and-a-half-foot bed, but your only options for the cabin are a double or extended cab. A regular cab is only available on the regular F-150.
So Five Star Tuning owner Mike Butler decided to forgo the big and flashy Raptor and instead bought a 2016, regular cab, short bed, XL-trim F-150. And then he took out the stock motor and replaced it with a 5.0-L V8 and gave it a Roush supercharger for 720 horsepower. At the crank. At the wheels, it’s around 600 horsepower.
That’s a lot more than the modern Raptor’s 450 horses from its 3.5-L twin-turbo V6, and on a truck this tiny, we’re sure that’ll translate into vastly improved zero to sixty times.
Power is routed through a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters to further enhance the truck’s Raptor-fighting abilities. Then it just starts outright stealing from the Raptor by taking the hood, grille, and tailgate off the big Ford and fitting them to (and sometimes in place of) the stock items.
The hood is actually just part of the Raptor’s--it uses the center portion of the Raptor’s hood and then fastens it inside a hole in the stock hood. The Grille is similarly customized to fit the smaller F-150’s frame.
A custom front bumper comes with a custom winch that doesn’t obscure use of the tow hooks, while LED light bars adorn both the bumper and custom chase rack with a custom wheel carrier.
Additional side steps are necessary to get into the truck thanks to a 6-inch lift and 37-inch all-terrain tires. Externally adjustable 8-way Vertex shocks combine with traction bars to give the F-150 the damping it needs to handle all sorts of terrain.
Finally, the interior has a new center console partition and aftermarket seats for extreme comfort.
Check out the video above for an up-close and personal look at the “Road Rash FX5” from Five Star Tuning.