For those less than impressed with the Ford F-150 Raptor’s switch to 3.5-litre turbo V6 power for the current generation, Hennessey has an answer. The Texan tuner will drop in a supercharged Coyote V8 to create the latest ‘VelociRaptor’, so long as you’re happy to part with $147,950 including the cost of the donor vehicle.
Another Ford that’s caused consternation for some over its loss of a couple of cylinders is the latest GT. It too uses a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, so will Hennessey be ‘doing a VelociRaptor’ with the race-bred supercar? The answer is a resounding ‘no’.
Speaking to Motor Authority company founder and boss John Hennessey - a GT owner himself - said that in his “qualified opinion,” a V8 simply won’t fit. At least, not without dramatic alterations to the bodywork that would completely mess up the aero side of the equation, which for the function-led GT is a bit of an issue.
Having been developed side-by-side with the LMGTE version, the GT fits the description of ‘racing car for the road’ better than pretty much any other supercar. So would you really want to muck around with the formula?
Even if you dropped a big pile of cash at Hennessey’s door, that wouldn’t change the man’s mind. “If a customer came to me with a bag of a million dollars and said, ‘Would you put a V-8 in the back of my Ford GT?’ I won’t do it,” he concluded.