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.