After a long wait, The Blue Oval recently revealed that the 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R will finally make its debut on July 18th before the V8-powered pickup launches later this year. The big news surrounding this particular pickup is that it will be powered by the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator powerplant, which is expected to make somewhere around 750 horsepower in this guise. and will be mated to a fortified version of Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. However, there’s really no such thing as having too much power, and that’s precisely why Whipple has already debuted its 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R supercharger prior to the truck’s reveal next week.
While it’s intended for racing purposes only and is not legal for road use in California, Whipple’s 3.8L Gen 5 Raptor R blower is a massive unit capable of adding massive power to the Predator-powered pickup. With the same unit already available for the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, it’s unclear what changes Whipple had to make to accommodate the Raptor R, but the company notes that it’s capable of helping that powerplant crank up over 2,000 horsepower in full blown racing applications.
Compared to its other offerings, the new Whipple 3.8L Gen 5 Raptor R blower features a number of changes designed to extract as much power as possible from the pickup, including a new 3/4 asymetrical rotor design, a new housing, a huge 132mm Roval throttle body, a 145mm cold air intake system, and a dual core, dual pass, intercooler design that features dual inlets and outlets to provide more than twice the cooling capacity of the stock intercooler.
Whipple’s Raptor R supercharger kit comes with pretty much everything one needs for installation as well, including a billet idler plate, billet idler pulleys, an intercooler vent system, pre-made molded hoses, -8AN billet fuel rails, a 1/2″ fuel hose, a supercharger belt, and all the necessary hardware. The company hasn’t yet released pricing for this new product, but the equivalent GT500 unit retails for around $7,000, so we can assume that it will land somewhere in that ballpark.