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The Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6: Defying Limits on Six Wheels

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In the vast expanse of Houston, Texas, a city pivotal to America’s quest for space exploration, a different kind of pioneering spirit thrives, embodied by the audacious Hennessey VelociRaptor 6×6 – a testament to American auto engineering.

Houston’s own Hennessey Performance has become the launchpad for the VelociRaptor 6×6, a marvel of automotive ingenuity. Crafted by Jason Geigley, the lead fabricator, this vehicle is more than just a truck; it’s an emblem of innovation.

Geigley and his team take the Raptor’s essence and amplify it, maintaining the soul of the original while elevating its performance and presence. The modifications are extensive: a larger air-to-air intercooler replaces the original, supplemented by a massive cold air intake, a Borla exhaust, and the untouched stock transmission.

What makes the VelociRaptor 6×6 truly remarkable is not just its boosted 600 horsepower, a significant leap from the stock model’s 450, but its six-wheel-drive system. The third axle’s integration is a feat of engineering, designed to maintain the Raptor’s inherent agility and performance despite its increased size and weight.

From a fabrication standpoint, the transformation is a meticulous process. The Raptor’s rear end is completely disassembled and extended, with a custom 30-inch frame added. This extension, coupled with a custom Ford nine-inch pass-through differential, allows power to flow to all six wheels, a critical feature for off-road dominance. The differential, the heart of the 6×6 drive, is a marvel in itself, ensuring that despite its heft, the VelociRaptor moves with equal parts grace and power.

Driving the VelociRaptor 6×6 is an experience that belies its formidable appearance. Despite its six wheels and the complexity of its drive system, it handles with surprising normalcy, retaining the character of a standard pickup, albeit with a firmer ride and an undeniable sense of heft. 

At a price point of $350,000, the VelociRaptor 6×6 stands as a pinnacle of luxury, capability, and sheer audacity. It’s a vehicle that makes a statement with every turn of the wheel. In a world where automotive excellence often comes with an eye-watering price tag, the VelociRaptor justifies every penny with the craftsmanship that goes into its creation.