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This is an armoured Hennessey VelociRaptor

Ford's revealed a new Raptor. And the old one's got something to say about it

Published: 04 Feb 2021

Yesterday, Ford revealed a brand-new F-150 Raptor. Well, it turns out the outgoing one has something to say about it.

This is no ordinary Raptor. If any vastly overpowered monster truck sold from a factory can ever be considered ‘ordinary’. Nope, this is a Hennessey VelociRaptor, meaning it’s been tuned up to 600bhp.

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Crucially, this one’s armoured. After visiting Hennessey, the car then made its way to AddArmor, who fitted armor plating made out of a material called Dyneema – stronger than both steel and Kevlar, apparently – able to withstand the might of an AK-47 or ‘improvised explosive device’.

Atop that you have sirens, an intercom, electrified door handles, a bomb-scanning system and run-flat tyres. There are bigger brakes and retuned suspension to counter its (unquoted) extra weight, but with Hennessey’s might beneath the bonnet, it’ll still crack 60mph in around four seconds. Perfect for that crucial getaway.

It’s relatively good value, too, at around $30,000 all in. Which compared to the mods made to AddArmor’s Ferrari 458 Speciale, ain’t bad at all.

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