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Hennessey Performance shows off souped-up Demon, Raptor at SEMA


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The Dodge Demon and Ford F-150 Raptor are two vehicles that don’t roll off the assembly line needing help in the horsepower department, but that didn’t stop Hennessey Performance from working its magic under the hood.

“Let’s see how far we can push it,” company founder John Hennessey said of the builds sitting outside the South Hall at the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Hennessey’s Demon is, for lack of a better word, insane. The car is capable of making a whopping 1,200 horsepower. A stock Demon runs the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds. Hennessey’s does it in 9.1.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said.

Hennessey's take on the Demon as one heck of an engine under the hood. | Carter Nacke photo
Hennessey’s take on the Demon as one heck of an engine under the hood. | Carter Nacke photo

So far, Hennessey Performance has upped the power of 24 Demons at its facility near Houston, Texas, where it customizes vehicles, including the F-150 Raptor.

“If I’ve heard from one Raptor enthusiasts, I’ve heard from thousands,” Hennessey said.

Hennessey's take on the F-150 Raptor, nicknamed the VelociRaptor, is just straight up cool. | Hennessey Performance photo
Hennessey’s take on the F-150 Raptor, nicknamed the VelociRaptor, is just straight up cool. | Hennessey Performance photo

His take, the VelociRaptor, elevates the already cool truck to a different level. Ford only offers a V6 EcoBoost from the factory that is capable of making 450 horsepower. In its place, Hennessey drops a Ford 5.0-liter V8. After a long list of engine additions, including a supercharger, the VelociRaptor makes 758 horsepower. It goes from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.

A Stage 2 off-road suspension is added, which gives the truck a six-inch lift. The stainless steel cat-back exhaust gives the truck a signature rumble

“It sounds and drives as God intended it to be,” Hennessey said with a smile.

Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke
Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.


  1. It runs the quarter mile in just 4.1 seconds! Ha ha ha ha ha 👈🤣😂🤣 Yeah right!! That’s right after it farts rainbows. Try proof reading your articles.

  2. I know that the Hennessey VelociRaptor does not run a quarter mile in 4.1 seconds. Up above, you mentioned the demon does it in 9.1 seconds after coming out of his shop. You want me to believe that a almost 3 ton truck does it in less than half of that? Someone failed to proof read this article.

  3. I’m sure they meant 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, but clearly written by a journalist not a car guy!!

    Still two amazing vehicles! Ford makes the coolest truck, Mopar the coolest car, but where is GM? Ever since the Obama bail out they have sucked!

  4. That is a total waste of money & time on the Demon to gain 0.55 seconds on the quater mile.
    Not in the least a Ford fan but this one is 4.i seconds for the quater mile vs Dodge 9.1

  5. Ummm- dude, a 4.1 second 1/4 mile puts a 6400+pound street truck smack in the middle of Fuel, Alcohol, and Funny Car competition, albeit a few years back.
    Lemme get this straight- a purpose built loss leader halo Ford truck, at over 6500 pounds, with advanced electronics, leather interior, an off-road specific suspension, and every hoo-hah Ford can slather on will run a 4.1 second 1/4 mile?
    No. And no one buys these things to race anyway.
    Yeah, I saw the fault. A Raptor couldn’t do a 4 second 1/4 launched from an aircraft carrier’s catapult- but hey, it was fun tasking you for it. Bwahahaha!
    Keep on keeping on!
    Fargo ND

  6. As much as i like "reading the articles" and "don’t really look at the pictures" in some gentlemen’s magazines….It would be nice to see more than just the underside of the hood, a close-up of the rear fin and a cluttered rear face with that huge gap in the tailight, with 4 or 5 different shades of black and grey all within a foot wide section of the rear, and let’s not forget the shiny pieces thrown in here and there, what a mess. and what looks like an artist rendering-the truck. And i could be wrong, but the lift on the truck which i’m sure is awesome running through baja sands and hills, i’m not sure i want 750 horses on an asphalt road with knobby tires, jacked up in the air, -seems like it would launch into the air sideways if you ever went more than straight. Something with that much power should be able to be lowered, for the 99.9% of the time, your buddy, Larry isn’t and never will be shooting through Baja. You know, when he goes to work and then comes home and parks it. (just my 2 cents)

    • Then Stuart you wouldn’t be buying a Raptor, you’d get a Lariat instead. The truck is purpose built for off roading. Driving it to your off roading destination is half the fun; even more fun with the extra ponies.

  7. My 2018 GMC Black Widow came with 495 hp. And I’m told that the 6.2 liter is capable of 1100 hp. For a nominal fee.
    I’m not sure what it does in the quarter mile, but, it definitely will put your head against the head rest. 3 Raptors have tried and failed to even come close to beating it.
    And it’s a gorgeous truck.

  8. It does the Quarter mile in 4.1 seconds with the Marvin Martian/Hennessy Alludium Q35 Earth Demodulator (Horizontal application).


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