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Raptor. TRX. Names that force smiles on the faces of truck fans. Almost beyond argument, these trucks have enough power to get the job done. However, Hennessey doesn’t believe in “enough power.” No, the Texas-based tuners thing the Hennessey VelociRaptoR 1000 needs to pack four-digit horsepower figures to give it supercar speed.

The mad scientists at Hennessey endowed the VelociRaptoR 1000 ‘Super Truck’ with 1,043 horsepower

Tuning house and car manufacturer Hennessey made a name for itself pushing the envelope. If there’s any doubt, you need only look at the Texas brand’s Venom F5. It’s a twin-turbocharged V8-powered hypercar with 1,817 horsepower on tap and speed records in its sights. However, the Venom F5 is far from the only thing Hennessey dips its toes into. 

If you’ve watched James May describe the 1,000+ horsepower Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as “undrivable,” you’ve got an idea of what Hennessey is all about. Specifically, the brand imbues powerful vehicles like the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 and 760-horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with asphalt-cracking gusto. And that’s exactly what they’ve done with the latest Hennessey VelociRaptoR 1000.

A black Hennessey VelociRaptoR 1000 gets air on a grassy surface.
Hennessey VelociRaptoR 1000 | Hennessey

Like the S550 Shelby GT500 and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Ford F-150 Raptor R is a brute from the factory. However, the 720-horsepower F-150 Raptor R is far from the 1,043 ponies that the VelociRaptoR 1000 produces. John Hennessey, the man behind the marque, likens the “Super Truck” to the iconic Porsche 911. “Our VelociRaptoR 1000 upgrade, with new wheels, tires, and big Brembo brakes takes this amazing, all-purpose vehicle and makes it the 911 Turbo S of trucks. It’s as good as it gets, period.”

Better yet, the supercharger on the new is bigger than most cars’ engines by volume. It’s a cavernous 3.8L supercharger forcing air into the F-150 Raptor R’s 5.2L V8 mill. The result? Hennessey says its “Super Truck will hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds on its way to an 11.4-second quarter-mile. Not bad for a 6,000+ lb pickup truck.