PaxPower’s V8 Raptor Flexes its Muscles in Place

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Looks like a Raptor, but it is actually a standard F-150 with an elaborate conversion package and a supercharger.

A great many people are bummed that Ford has not offered a V8 engine in the current generation of the Raptor F-150. The EcoBoost V6 does a terrific job of providing gobs of power, but some performance truck lovers demand the V8 rumble, so for those folks, PaxPower has developed a series of Raptor-like upgrade packages that afford non-Raptor F-150 owners to enjoy the look and capabilities, but with V8 power.

In the video above from the PAXPOWER YouTube channel, we get a look at the supercharged F-150 V8 Raptor conversion in action with a nice, smoky burnout.

V8 Raptor

PaxPower Raptor Details

At first glance, the truck in the video above may look like a factory-built Ford Raptor, but it is actually a standard F-150, which came from the factory with the 5.0-liter V8. PaxPower offers three different upgrade packages for the standard F-150 with the V8, one that adds the Raptor suspension, a second which adds the unique Raptor body parts and a third that adds a supercharger to the 5.0-liter engine. This particular truck has all three of those packages, so in addition to the look and off-road capabilities of the Raptor, it also delivers 758 horsepower thanks to the 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger.

PaxPower Logo

For those wondering, PaxPower doesn’t simply upgrade the suspension of the standard F-150 to handle and ride like a Raptor; they install every OEM part from the Raptor and this applies to the body conversion as well. The full conversion without the supercharger costs $24,950 because it includes literally every piece of the factory build that varies from the standard F-150 as well as installation, while the supercharger package adds $12,450 on top of that.

V8 Raptor

It is an expensive conversion, but for someone who wants an actual Ford F-150 Raptor with a Ford V8 and all Ford parts, with the exception of the Whipple supercharger, this is the best option on the market today.

Smokin’ the Big Tires

The video above begins with a close-up look at the Toyo Open Country R/T tires, which are big, beefy and not meant for burnout action. Some trucks would struggle to continuously roast a set of tires this big, but with 758 horsepower from the supercharged V8 on tap, the PaxPower conversion has no problems.

V8 F-150 Burnout

After the short close-up, the driver rolls into the throttle and the blown F-150 immediately begins to smoke the rear tires. Within a few seconds, the rear end is hidden in a cloud of smoke and while the action only lasts about 15 seconds, this custom-built performance truck makes lots of smoke and leaves two nice trails of rubber on the pavement.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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