When modifying a truck, most owners feel that keeping the truck functional on- and off-road is priority number one. Casey Connell, a professional diving instructor from Redondo Beach, California, was no different, and being able to haul his dive gear to and from the water every day was key. However, he also wanted to be able to hit the trails on weekends, so he chose one of the most capable off-roading trucks on the market: an 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

First and foremost, Casey wanted even more power out of the 6.2L SVT motor, so he turned to the mad scientists at Hennessey Performance in Lake Forest, California. To keep the Raptor completely reliable for his daily commute, Casey opted for the lower of the company's three power packages: the Velociraptor 475. This package features Hennessey's HPE air intake, long-tube stainless headers, high-flow cats, a handheld programmer, and a custom dyno tune, all of which yield 475 hp and 485 lb-ft of torque.

Casey also added a new set of flat-black Method Race wheels and BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, giving the Ford a tough stance on its Fox Racing suspension. He also had flat-black vinyl strips applied to the hood, fenders, and rocker panels by SkinzWraps in Woodland Hills, California. Nighttime visibility was improved by way of Spyder Auto projector headlights, LED taillights, and a full array of Rigid Industries LED lightbars. Finally, Line-X bedliner was sprayed in the bed to protect the paint from everyday abrasions.

Casey’s SVT Raptor has no shortage of custom lighting courtesy of several Rigid LED lights and Spyder halo headlights.


Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Owner and City/State: Casey Connell • Redondo Beach, California
Engine
Type: 6.2L V-8
Induction: Hennessey Performance HPE intake
Exhaust: Hennessey Performance long-tube headers and Stainless Works exhaust
Tuner: Hennessey Performance custom tune
Built By: Hennessey Performance • Lake Forest, California
Drivetrain
Transmission: 6R80 six-speed with Select Shift
Rearend: Electronic locker
Chassis
Front Suspension: Factory SVT Fox coilovers
Rear Suspension: Factory SVT Fox shocks
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 17x9 Method Racing 301 Standard
Tires: LT315/70R17 BFG All-Terrain T/A KO