The VelociRaptor 6×6 is Just as Ferocious as it Sounds
Hennessey showed its latest creation at SEMA, which is an even more beefed-up version of the Raptor
Like we all expected, this year’s SEMA event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, brought tons of creativity and power to the table and did not disappoint the thousands of worldwide attendees. Not only did the automotive giants bring style, innovation, and performance-packed aftermarket options, but some of the smaller (and best) tuners from all around the world may have contributed just as much, if not more. One of the most worthy examples of note is the VelociRaptor 6×6 concept by Hennessey that is likely to give most truck enthusiasts a chub (at least Ford enthusiasts).
After first hearing about Hennessey’s 6×6 creation, I wasn’t expecting much more than the traditional old farmer’s dually and got the mental image of black smoke billowing out of control from the exhaust. However, when I began to think about how well Hennessey was able to make the F-150’s look while also packing a ton of power into the trucks (and for an affordable price), my tune started to change. Then, I started getting curious. After seeing the new concept, I’m truly impressed. John Hennessey successfully applied his 6×6 goals/plans to the current Ford F-150 Raptor model and, I’ve got to admit, it’s probably the best looking 6×6 model we’ve seen yet.
Not only does the VelociRaptor look great, it’s likely to perform very well also. The VelociRaptor weighs quite a bit more than it’s inferior analogue (the 4×4 Raptor F-150s) – approximately 700 pounds more, to be more specific. However, they accommodate the mechanics to compensate for this extra weight, and a little more. The twin-turbo engine upgrade puts out about 600 horsepower with 622 lb-ft of torque. So far, they haven’t put these VelociRaptors through any serious testing – probably because they’ve only made a handful of them as of yet. However, Hennessy says that they plan to punish the six-wheeled reptile soon in some serious off-road conditions to see exactly how much they can get out of it as is. They also seek to identify opportunities that they can alter later down the road for a few steps closer to perfection.
Power is not the only thing worth mentioning about the VelociRaptor 6×6 Concept – there is also a (very) long list of upgrades that Hennessey has gifted this monster. The concept is equipped with upgraded 20″ wheels and Toyo Off-Road tires. There are also custom improvements to the exterior, including the front/rear bumpers, roll bar, and lighting. It has a beefed-up suspension as well as an improved brake system & calipers. However, if you were to pick up one of these babies, you’re looking at forking over about $300K – $350K. We’re not sure if we’d pay that much for the additional axle and wheels, but if the need arises to fly through the desert mountains at high speeds while hauling some serious weight (and looking good doing it), then we’ll probably reconsider that investment. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing Hennessey’s next project as well as the first run of the Venom F5. Now that Koenigsegg is officially on the board, John is excited to see how things will play out.