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2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor - Diamond In The Desert

A Raptor Ready for the Hazards of Mexico

Maxwell Matthewson
Dec 31, 2012
Photographers: Dan Ward, Maxwell Matthewson
Photo 2/17   |   2011 Ford F 150 Svt Raptor fuel Hostage Wheels
For Chris Ross of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, moving south of the border was the only place he wanted to live after visiting there more than ten years ago. Moving to Mexico may not be for everyone, but after living on the Mexican peninsula for a while, Chris realized that he needed a vehicle that could not only handle the roads and drivers of Mexico, but also the inhospitable desert that is all too abundant in southern Baja. When Ford came out with the Raptor, Chris knew that it would make the perfect starting point for a capable on- and off-road truck. He went ahead and ordered a 2011 Ford Raptor SuperCrew equipped with the new 6.2L engine. With over 400 hp and more than 11 inches of suspension travel all around, this truck was no joke, but it just wasn't enough.
Power was Chris' first focal point, and he sent the truck to Hennessey Performance, in Sealy, Texas, where they turned his Raptor into a ferocious VelociRaptor. Hennessey achieved this by installing a ProCharger centrifugal supercharger and a custom tune, bumping the 6.2L up to more than 500 hp. Chris then added a 3-inch Spintech exhaust system for an ear-numbing rumble. Happy with the newfound ponies under the hood and the sound from the exhaust, the next stop was the interior shop.
Chris wanted the very best of everything and after much research, he chose JPM Coachworks, in Smyrna, Georgia. After ripping out the interior, the guys at JPM wrapped just about everything in black Alcantara suede and black leather. To add some contrast to the interior, JPM sent several pieces to be nickel-plated. Before putting everything back together, a Lowrance HDS-5 GPS was installed in the passenger side dash and a pair of race radios was installed to assist in communications when Chris is out of cell range. Next, the truck was off to High Desert Mobile Electronics, or HDME for short, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for an audio overhaul. The first thing HDME did was install a pair of Mosconi amps behind the rear seat. These receive signal inputs from the factory head unit with Ford's SYNC system. The output from the amps goes to a pair of Illusion Audio 8-inch Carbon components up front, a pair of 6½-inch Carbon coaxials in the rear, and two 12-inch Carbon subs under the rear seat. To power this, an XS Power D6500 battery was swapped into the factory location. Knowing that he was going to be doing some bitchin' off-roading, Chris ordered a ChaseCam Diva triple camera package to record his shenanigans and had it installed by HDME. Now the truck was just about ready, the only thing it needed were some body and suspension modifications to make it ready for the southern Baja terrain.
Photo 9/17   |   2011 Ford F 150 Svt Raptor take Off Jump
For the final step in the transformation, the truck was taken to Hi-Tech Collision in Southern California. Chris anticipated needing more breathing room up front, so he ordered a set of Glassworks Unlimited fiberglass front fenders. These were painted and installed in place of the factory fenders. Doing high-speed passes in the deserts of Mexico can do a number on paint, so Chris had an Xpel Stealth paint protection film wrap installed. For protection from wayward cows and Mexicans in the desert, Addictive Desert Designs, or simply ADD in Apache Junction, Arizona, built a front bumper that doubles as a mount for a total of six Rigid Industries lights. ADD also built a Chase Rack for the bed. This houses a 50-inch front-facing Rigid lightbar and a 30-inch rear-facing lightbar. It also holds a spare pair of wheels and tires. Black headlights and taillights from Recon finished off the menacing look. For the suspension, ADD built new boxed upper control arms, rear frame gussets, and custom trailing arms. The front is supported by upgraded 3-inch King shocks, while the rear rides on 3-inch triple bypass piggyback shocks that come up through the bed floor and 4½-inch Deaver springs. Upgrading the stopping power is an Extreme-Plus 15-inch Baer brake kit up front and Baer rotors and pads out back. Finally, a set of 20x10-inch Fuel Hostage wheels were wrapped in 35x12.50R20 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires.
When Chris finally received his truck, he was like a kid on Christmas morning, immediately taking his new toy out and romping with it in the dirt. When we asked Chris if he had anything more planned for his truck, he replied, "probably not." We like his attitude and his passion for building exactly what he wanted. Chris wanted to send a special thank you to all the sponsors that helped him build the Raptor, and his wife for all of her support during the build.

Inside the Build

Year Make Model: 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Owner and City/State:Chris Ross • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Type: 6.2L Boss V-8
Induction: ProCharger D-1SC-1
Exhaust: Spintech 3-inch system
Fuel System: 60-pound injectors
Engine Management: Hennessey custom tune
Output: 479 rwhp, 515 lb-ft torque
Built by: Hennessey Performance
Photo 13/17   |   Turning this ordinary Raptor into a VelociRaptor, Hennessey Performance installed a ProCharger supercharger and a custom tune to pump out more than 500 hp.
Transmission: SelectShift six-speed auto
Front suspension: ADD boxed upper control arms, King Off-road Racing shocks
Rear suspension: ADD custom trailing arms, ADD frame gussets, King Off-Road Racing triple bypass piggyback shocks, Deaver springs
Brakes: 15-inch Baer Extreme+ brakes up front, Baer rotors and pads in rear
Photo 14/17   |   Chris had the factory Fox Racing shocks upgraded to King shocks for superior ride and performance.
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x10 Fuel Hostage
Tires: 35x12.50R20 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2



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