Generally, when it comes to the vehicles in the Hennessey Performance stable, the ones that get the most attention are the Ford F-150 and Raptor VelociRaptors, the forthcoming V8-swapped Ford Bronco, and the various Ford Mustang models the Texas-based tuner soups up. But Hennessey also builds and sells a VelociRaptor Ford Ranger, which a buyer recently took delivery of and offered up his impressions of in this video.
Interestingly, the new owner owns a ranch in Austin, Texas, as well as a Ford F-150, but has quickly discovered that his full-size pickup doesn’t fit too well in a lot of parking garages around town. Thus, the Ford Ranger provides a utilitarian solution to that problem. Taking it to Hennessey for a VelociRaptor conversion, well, that’s just icing on the proverbial cake.
The VelociRaptor Ford Ranger, like its bigger brethren, comes with a variety of performance modifications for the pickup’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 that make it quite a bit quicker than stock. They include a performance exhaust, engine management software update, and dyno tune, which help the Ranger make 360 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. That shaves the truck’s 0-60 time down from 7.4 seconds to 4.9, and catapults the pickup down the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds – a 1.3-second improvement.
In addition to the performance mods, the VelociRaptor Ranger also comes equipped with a Stage 1 Icon coilover suspension, 18-inch Hennessey wheels, BFGoodrich KM2 tires, unique front and rear bumpers with LED lighting, a Ranger Raptor grille insert, fender flares, exterior badges, and embroidered headrests.
The new owner comes away impressed with the truck’s performance and aesthetic upgrades, and we imagine that it’ll be a fun, well-rounded, around-town cruiser. Plus, it’ll be pretty easy to park in those crowded downtown parking garages, too.