Hennessey dyno tested a 2019 Ford Raptor in preparation for a VelociRaptor 600 upgrade, and the numbers might surprise you.
We all know that power is lost on the way from engine to pavement. When it comes to Hennessey vehicles, they generally get around this problem by having more power than a drive knows what to do with. So what if 20% of that power is lost to the transmission if you have 1,000 horses at the crank?
Before Hennessey performs their upgrades, they always put the vehicle to the test first to see what they’re dealing with. In this case, it’s a 2019 Ford Raptor straight from the factory.
In stock form, the Ford Raptor is still a beast. A 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 engine produces 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 5.2 seconds, which we don’t need to remind you is ludicrously fast for a pickup truck.
But how will the Raptor do on the dyno? After a few minutes gunning the engine, Hennessey engineers found that the Raptor isn’t as efficient at getting all that power to the wheels as other Ford vehicles.
Rear wheel horsepower was down to 353.36, while rear wheel torque was just 397.14 lb-ft. That’s nearly 22% power loss due to the transmission. Admittedly, all-wheel-drive is typically less efficient than two-wheel-drive, but that’s still a lot of escaped ponies.
As we mentioned before, Hennessey has the solution to a few runaway horses: just get more. This Raptor is slated for the VelociRaptor 600 upgrade, which as the name implies will give the pickup a whopping 600 horses and 622 lb-ft.
Getting to that point involves a bunch of upgrades to the stock 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost engine, which includes new turbo wastegates, a new front-mounted intercooler, a new stainless steel catback exhaust, and various tweaks to the engine management software. There's also a bunch of graphics applied and a numbered plaque is installed in the cabin.
How much power is lost on the VelociRaptor 600 upgrade is anyone’s guess, but even if it’s 30%, it’s still more power than a stock Raptor.