Hennessey proposal the VelociRaptor SUV, based on the Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck. The full-sized SUV offers seating for up to 8 people and picks up where the Ford Excursion left off (for good reason, some may say).
Although the conversion uses all of the factory Ford Raptor truck components and systems, Hennessey Performance says it hasn’t tested yet the off-road capabilities of the VelociRaptor SUV and recommends customers to use the SUV for on-road as well as light to moderate off-road duties. We imagine this has something to do with the added 600 lbs (272 kg) compared to the Raptor.
Priced at $149,500 (€116,200), the standard VelociRaptor SUV is powered by the same 6.2-liter 411 horsepower Ford V8 engine from the Raptor, while the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged upgrade brings 600 horsepower to the tarmac. The standard model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.5 seconds, while the 600-hp model drops the 0-60 mph time to 5.9 seconds.
Other optional equipment includes Brembo front brakes, larger wheels and tires, LED lighting, bespoke interior and electronic upgrades.
For 2014 the cosmetic touches include a Ruby Red Metallic exterior color (or optionally, Tuxedo Black Metallic) and box-side graphics on the outside, and ‘Brick Red’ seat bolsters with black inserts and cloth honeycomb highlights, console top finish panel, and center stack and door panel appliqué accents, on the inside.
Other than that, it’s the same F-150 SVT Raptor we know powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to an electronic six-speed automatic transmission and a 4WD system featuring electronic shift-on-the-fly capability for the transfer case.
While the exterior design of the Atlas Concept aptly evolves Ford’s current DNA, the devil is in the details with the automaker making use of an assortment of active aerodynamic elements to reduce wind resistance.
These include Active Grille and Wheel Shutters that stay open at low speeds and close on the highway to improve aerodynamics. In addition, self-charging batteries that use energy from the wheels’ motion power the shutters. There’s also a drop-down, front wind spoiler that lowers at highway speeds to improve underbody airflow and detracts at low speeds to improve ground clearance as well as auto-deploying running boards.
According to Ford, it’s designers also enhanced the truck’s functionality, while creating new advanced features such as multiple tie-down points housed within the cargo box walls and load floor, an integrated roof carrying system and hidden extendable ramps.
Inside, highlights include thin, lightweight seating that add extra legroom for rear passengers along with integrated storage for smaller items.
Other key features introduced on the Atlas include a 360-Degree Point-of-View Camera, LED headlamps, tail lamps, cargo box and side mirror lighting, and a new tail-gate design that can also act as a cargo cradle lifting and holding extra-long cargo items above the truck.
Desert Proofing the Ford Raptor! [Dirt Every Day Episode 2]
On this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred Williams up fits and outfits one of the coolest 4x4’s on the market today, the Ford Raptor. Raptors are high performance desert machines, but we found one that earns it’s owner a living each week banging around on an obscure desert compound.
The owner is hard on his equipment and we took this poor bird of prey under our wing for a week to transform it into a more vicious desert predator.