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

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

Horsepower was not in short supply

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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.

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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.

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  • Aric Stone
    November 23, 2018, 4:59 PM

    You said " VelociRaptor makes 758 horsepower. It runs the quarter-mile in just 4.1 seconds."

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  • Daniel Houck
    November 23, 2018, 6:29 PM

    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.

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  • Matt Sampson
    November 23, 2018, 9:01 PM

    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.

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    • Jim Latham@Matt Sampson
      November 24, 2018, 6:44 PM

      0-60 mph, maybe, but not quarter mile.🤔🙄

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  • Mike pellegrini
    November 24, 2018, 3:47 PM

    Have a Fart{Heart) people, Have you ever made a mistake….

    Hey Classic Cars….
    Thanks for all the great articles

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  • Mike James
    November 24, 2018, 4:32 PM

    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!

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