The folks at Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) got their hands on the 2019 Ford Ranger, and now the already powerful truck is bigger and badder than ever before. Of course, that’s standard operating procedure at HPE, where they’ve been fine-tuning Ford trucks for over a decade. As with previous efforts, this one goes by HPE’s own brand name of VelociRaptor, and it’s as vicious as it sounds…in a good way.
Power and performance take top priority at HPE, and so the first thing they did was give the 2019 Ford Ranger a boost in the engine department. Specifically, they cranked an extra 80 hp and 75 lb-ft of torque out of Ford’s 2.3L turbo EcoBoost engine. HPE also increased the air flow by way of a new high-flow air induction system. Put it all together and the truck gets from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, representing a drop of 1.3 seconds.
To make Ford’s legendary off-roader all the more adaptive to hostile terrain, HPE implemented their Stage 1 off-road suspension upgrade, lifting the vehicle a full 4 inches. Taking the truck to even greater heights are new 17″ alloy wheels with BFG off-road tires. HPE also threw in a new front bumper with LED lights, while a roof-mounted LED light bar is separately available.
The 2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger costs US$19,950 over the stock model’s standard price of about US$45,000. HPE is making just 500 units and backing each one with a three year and 36,000-mile warranty. Adventure awaits.