The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a menacing truck to say the least, but one might consider that its V8 engine a bit antiquated compared to the EcoBoost V6 available in some of Ford’s other F-150s, but not on the current Raptor. Enter, Super Duty Head Quarters (SDHQ); an Arizona based company, that found the V6 Ford EcoBoost engine was capable of just as much power as the current Raptor’s V8 but with far better gas mileage and toque figures.
SDHQ built a custom Ford F-150 with an EcoBoost V6 engine, completing a frame and engine swap to make it all look like a standard Ford Raptor. Surprisingly, they found it performed better in fuel economy, torque figures, and also in horsepower. SDHQ also fitted the vehicle with some upgraded suspension components from ICON, and installed an AFE air intake, exhaust, and a computer chip, all to boost power and torque figures. This modified truck, known as SDHQ F-150, tested by Matt Ferrara averaged 16.8 mpg in real world driving compared to 11.5 mpg by the stock Ford Raptor, under similar conditions.
However all these ‘upgrades’ comes at a price of about $80,000. Nonetheless, Matt Farah seemed quite impressed by the SDHQ F-150. He stated that he would soon have a Craigslist ad sporting his own 2010 Ford Raptor.
To summarize, the SDHQ Raptor Ecoboost V6 puts down around 410 hp and around 500 lb-ft of torque. The stock Ford Raptor’s V8 puts out 411 hp /434 lb-ft of torque, and this makes the V8 seem unnecessary by comparison. It’s not easy to out-do Ford’s Special Vehicle Teams, but SDHQ seems to have pulled it off. Well done.