Lethal Performance sinks its talons into Ford SVT’s four-wheel drive monster
By Steve Turner
Photos by SID297 and StacyStangz
Having worked with the Lethal Performance crew for years, we know they aren’t shy about cracking open a brand-new Mustang and modding it until the car’s performance reaches the stratosphere. These days we can’t limit that statement to just Mustangs, however.
That’s because Team Lethal has already dug deeply into the Ford Special Vehicle Team’s latest cargo hauler, the SVT Raptor. The Lethal crew is also about to embark on a Focus ST project, which you’ll be reading about here as well.
Now the Lethal boys still love their Mustangs, but they have also long been fans of the Ford trucks. They drive Ford pickups around regularly for daily work, and towing those aforementioned Mustang projects. So, when a truck with the performance potential of the Raptor came around, it was inevitable that one would join the Lethal fleet and go under the knife.
So, when Jared Rosen (Black 03) called to see if we were interested in covering the company’s 2012 Crew Cab Raptor project, we jumped at the chance. After all, our leader, Travis Hill (SID297) is also a big fan of trucks. So he headed down to South Florida to document a series of upgrades on the Lethal Raptor.
“The driving force behind it was that we just wanted something to have a good time with. We’d seen videos of people off-roading with them so we said why not. Let’s get one,” Jared explained. “Turns 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 showcase…”
Now we are just getting started here with a few fun basic mods that any Raptor owner might want to add. We know that most of you reading this site are hungry for performance mods as well. Don’t worry, in our next installment we will bring on the performance in a big way. So just stay tuned to the front page for the next installment.