Ford’s Evolution: From Shelby GT500 to F-150 Raptor R

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Ford's Evolution From Shelby GT500 to F-150 Raptor R
Ford's Evolution From Shelby GT500 to F-150 Raptor R

The Shelby GT500 of the S550 generation met its end after the 2022 model year, largely due to the emergence of the F-150 Raptor R. This new iteration of the Raptor boasted several tweaks, notably featuring a 2.91-inch supercharger pulley compared to the GT500’s 3.25 inches.

Ford also opted for cast stainless-steel exhaust manifolds, a valved pass-through muffler, a beefed-up oil cooler with a deeper oil pan, and a broader air intake inlet. To suit its half-ton pickup nature, the Raptor R switched from a dual-clutch transmission to a torque-converter automatic, upgraded with Raptor R-specific enhancements over the previous 10R80 in the standard Raptor.

In 2023, Ford’s response to the now-defunct Ram 1500 TRX delivered 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. The 2024 model year saw a bump to 720 horses, maintaining the same peak torque figure.

Ford's Evolution From Shelby GT500 to F-150 Raptor R
Ford’s Evolution From Shelby GT500 to F-150 Raptor R

Hennessey Performance Engineering recently took a 2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R and pushed it to 1,000 horsepower at the crank, with 782.87 horses reaching the rear wheels. While this falls slightly short of the generally accepted 15-percent loss rule, it’s still a significant increase.

The modifications included swapping out the factory Eaton TVS R2650 supercharger for a larger unit from Whipple, boasting 3.8 liters compared to the original’s 2.7. Hennessey also added a high-flow air induction system, upgraded fuel lines and billet fuel rails, and an air/oil separator.

The off-road package, dubbed VelociRaptoR 1000, introduced 37-inch Toyo R/T Open Country tires on Hennessey-branded 20-inch wheels, along with front and rear bumpers and a leveling kit for both ends. While the exact pricing and production numbers for the VelociRaptoR 1000 remain undisclosed, it’s speculated to be around $60,000, with the Whipple supercharger alone priced at $7,899.99.

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