Earnhardt Auto Centers is known around Arizona and the Southwest for selling and servicing reliable cars and trucks with a “No Bull” approach. If you’re a Ford fan, you can find a range of models and options at Earnhardt Ford in Chandler. See what happens when Hennessey Performance Engineering pairs a Ford with top-flight upgrades for a unique ride.
Based in Texas, Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) develops track-tested engine upgrade packages and parts to turn vehicles into performance machines. The team test drives parts and options on HPE’s own test track, located adjacent to their workshop and showroom in Sealy, Texas.
The Hennessey group debuted the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8, its upgraded version of the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor, at the 2018 SEMA show, according to an article in The Drive. Each year, the SEMA trade show brings together leaders in the automotive specialty products market.
Hennessey’s changes to the Raptor included a specially built 5.0-liter V-8 engine, upping it to 758 horsepower. Also a 2.9-liter supercharger allows the engine to reach even higher output, according to the article.
Other upgrades to the Raptor include a high-flow induction system, fuel system upgrade, stainless steel catback exhaust, and custom tuning, notes The Drive article. Stage 2 suspension provides 6-inch lift, with 20-inch alloy wheels and 37-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires. Hennessey also swapped the bumpers for custom versions, along with upgraded exterior lighting. The upgraded truck reaches 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, according to Hennessey. It can also drive a quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at 115 miles per hour.
Only 100 of the Hennessey VelociRaptor trucks will be made, with a consumer price tag of $147,950 each according to the article in The Drive. Learn more about the Hennessey VelociRaptor V8, including detailed specifications, on the Hennessey website.
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