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There has been an in­ter­est­ing trend start­ing to take hold in the of­froad spe­cial ve­hi­cle's mar­ket, the ad­di­tion of an ex­tra axle to cre­ate a 6WD. It’s not ex­actly an easy thing to do and re­quires mod­i­fi­ca­tion of just about ev­ery sys­tem in a 4WD ve­hi­cle. Body, frame, chas­sis, driv­e­train and even the en­gine must all be ma­nip­u­lated in some way to take a 4WD and make it 6WD.

Both Mercedes AMG and Kahn De­signs have al­ready cre­ated high­horse­power ver­sions of al­ready iconic Euro­pean 4WDs, but there are few ex­am­ples of any do­mes­tic 6x6 op­tions on the mar­ket.

En­ter Hen­nessey Per­for­mance who are well known for tak­ing North Amer­ica’s most in­fa­mous off-roader, the Rap­tor, and shov­ing hor­rific amounts of power un­der the hood with a su­per­charger and tweak­ing both the chas­sis and aes­thet­ics to cre­ate the Ve­loci­Rap­tor. Well, it seems as though for some, the Ve­loci­Rap­tor just isn’t enough truck, so Hen­nessey has re­cently come up with this jaw-drop­ping pack­age of over-the-top off-road in­san­ity, the Ve­loci­Rap­tor 6X6.

Like the reg­u­lar Ve­loci­Rap­tor, this 6WD ver­sion will be based on the 2017 Ford Rap­tor, which the team from Hen­nessey will trans­form into a 6-wheel drive off-road ve­hi­cle with 600+ horse­power, thanks to more ef­fi­cient turbo up­grades.

It starts at $295,000 USD, which in­cludes the base 2017 Rap­tor 4-door truck, 6X6 lock­ing rear axles, up­graded Fox sus­pen­sion, up­graded 20-in wheels and off-road tires, spe­cial front and rear bumpers, roll bar and LED lights. HPE will also be of­fer­ing its Ve­loci­Rap­tor 600 twin turbo up­grade for the 6X6, for own­ers seek­ing even more power and per­for­mance. The 600+ hp up­grade in­cludes up­graded twin tur­bocharg­ers, stain­less steel ex­haust mod­i­fi­ca­tions, up­graded front mounted air to air in­ter­cooler and plumb­ing and re-tuned fac­tory com­puter. Other op­tional up­grades in­clude: Brembo front and rear brake en­hance­ments, larger wheels and tires, im­proved LED light­ing, be­spoke in­te­ri­ors, aug­mented elec­tron­ics, and ar­mour­ing sys­tems.

“Over the past five years we have built over 800 Ve­loci­Rap­tor mod­i­fied Rap­tor trucks for en­thu­si­asts around the world”, said John Hen­nessey, Founder and CEO of Hen­nessey Per­for­mance. “We are now very ex­cited to be able to of­fer the Ve­loci­Rap­tor 6X6 as well as our Ve­loci­Rap­tor 600 twin turbo en­gine up­grade to those who want even more power, per­for­mance and of­froad ca­pa­bil­ity.”

The Ve­loci­Rap­tor 600 twin turbo up­grade with 600+ horse­power will be avail­able to new Rap­tor own­ers at the cost of $22,500.

“Our Ve­loci­Rap­tor 6X6 is pure ag­gres­sion on wheels – all six of them”, said Hen­nessey. “The new 2017 Rap­tor is go­ing to be one of the best all-around trucks ever built. We are ex­cited to help take it to the next level both in terms of per­for­mance and ex­clu­siv­ity”.

The Hen­nessey Ve­loci­Rap­tor 6X6 can be or­dered di­rectly from Hen­nessey Per­for­mance or through se­lect Hen­nessey / Ford deal­ers.

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