If it walks like a Raptor and looks like a Raptor, but has a Supercharged 5.0L V8 under the hood – is it still a Raptor? We drive a 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum V8 truck that has been converted into a Raptor using Ford’s parts. This 5.0 Coyote has a Whipple supercharger sitting on top of it for a claimed 758 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque at the crank. How does it perform in the dirt and at 0-60 MPH near Houston, TX? Check this out!
Do you like the new second-generation Ford Raptor, but are missing the sound and power delivery of a 5.0L V8? PaxPower of Houston, Texas has a few options for you to consider. The proposition is to take practically any 2015-2018 Ford F-150 and convert it into a Ford Raptor using Ford’s factory components and hardware. The customer brings in a stock F-150 with a 5.0L V8, and PaxPower converts into and off-road ready truck in several stages, depending on the budget and preferences.
Customers can start with a full Ford Raptor suspension upgrade, including control arms, axle shafts, steering links, sway bars, leaf springs, and FOX shocks for $7,500. Take a look at the images below. Here is the F-150 Platinum with Ford Raptor suspension setup and platinum wheels. The suspension itself makes the truck wider and taller, but not as wide as you may think. The Ford Raptor 35-inch tires and wheel offset bring additional width.
Due to the front shock tower mount height difference between a stock Ford Raptor and a standard F-150 (the stock F-150 mounts are lower), PaxPower is using first generation Ford Raptor 2.5-inch diameter FOX shocks in the front to make the geometry work. The rear shocks are the second generation 3.0-inch FOX shocks.
According to PaxPower, the stock F-150 frame rails are the same as those on the stock Raptor. The difference comes in with the front suspension mounts. Ford currently says that the Raptor frame is “fully boxed”. Ford initially said that the second-generation Raptor frame was reinforced.
Full Raptor Conversion
If you want the Raptor suspension and the wider stock Raptor body, then PaxPower can do this as well for a total of $25,000. They purchase the Raptor front clip (hood, front fenders, bumper, grille, marker lights, and headlights) and the rear bed components to turn the F-150 into a Raptor look-alike.
Naturally, the truck you see here has other aftermarket components such the bumpers and LED light bar. The customer can specify whether they want stock Raptor bumpers or not. The wheel and tires selection is also up to the customer. The same goes for the exhaust. The truck you see in the video is using a dual-tip CORSA Performance Exhaust. It’s the loudest setup that PaxPower is currently offering. You can also choose several other exhaust options.
After driving the truck for a couple of hours, I can say that the CORSA performance exhaust is not loud from the driver’s seat perspective. You can definitely tell there is V8 power coursing through the truck, but it never gets overwhelming or annoying. On the other hand – pedestrians, bystanders, and other motorists will know the V8 Raptor is near. This thing sounds very mean from the outside.
You can go to the next level with a Whipple supercharger and engine/10-speed transmission tuning for a claimed 758 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
This much power will simply spoil you to the point where you will not want to drive a truck with anything less. Yes, the stock EcoBoost Raptor is quick, and there are other very quick stock trucks out there – but the Supercharger adds effortless power and does it with no delay. The 10-speed transmission is ready to kick down several gears in an instant – and the supercharger provides power with no lag.
Will the stock transmission handle this much power and torque? PaxPower says that the engine/transmission tuning has torque management in mind so that it avoids certain situations where all the torque is unleashed all at once.
Check out the video right here!