Lethal Performance boosts SVTâ€™s Raptor higher up the food chain with a Whipple supercharger
By Steve Turner
Photos by SID297 and StacyStangz
With any luck you tuned in for our first installment on Lethal Performanceâ€™s 2012 Crew Cab Raptor project. In that story we documented the lighting and skidplate upgrades. However, this time we are getting to the exciting partâ€”adding more performance.
If you know anything about the Team Lethal bunch, you know that they have no reservations about tearing into spankinâ€™ new Fords and launching the performance of these vehicles into the stratosphere. Heretofore, most of these vehicles have been Mustangs, but these guys love all sorts of Fordsâ€”especially trucks. So, itâ€™s no shock that Lethalâ€™s Jared Rosen added an SVT Raptor to his driveway.
â€œThe driving force behind it was that we just wanted something to have a good time with. Weâ€™d seen videos of people off-roading with them so we said why not. Let’s get one,â€ Jared explained in our last installment. â€œTurns out that the Raptor market was growing pretty quickly as we took delivery of it so it was a great opportunity not only to have an awesome time with but to showcase parts that the manufacturers we deal with wanted to showcaseâ€¦â€
Of course, you also know they love forced induction. From nitrous to blowers to turbos, Lethal has thrown everything at new Fords to improve performance. However, as one of Whipple Superchargerâ€™s highest volume distributors, it is no surprise that Jared looked no further than the Whippleâ€™s Raptor supercharger system to boost its truck project.
â€œWhat would a Lethal project vehicle be without a Whipple supercharger?â€ Jared quipped. â€œI mean we have to be fair to all of our vehicles. So if one gets Whippleâ€™d so does the other. We wouldn’t want any of our cars or trucks to feel less than the other.â€
We were on hand to check out the installation and testing of the system as handled at Power by the Hour in Boynton Beach, Florida. After the installation, Ken Bjonnes of Lund Racing dialed in a custom tune to make the marriage between Whipple at Raptor a happy one. So, keep reading and see how the 2.9-liter supercharger and a complete American Racing Headersâ€™ exhaust transformed the performance of Ford SVTâ€™s four-wheel-drive machine.
â€œThe difference after the Whipple install was night and day from stock. I guess thatâ€™s what over 170rwhp gains do to a truck thatâ€™s already a beast,â€ Jared explained. â€œNot only is there a very noticeable difference in power but hearing the sound of a Whipple twin-screw scream when you put the pedal to the floor is music to my ears.â€