Lethal Performance boosts SVT’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 Performance’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 part—adding more performance.
If you know anything about the Team Lethal bunch, you know that they have no reservations about tearing into spankin’ 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 Fords—especially trucks. So, it’s no shock that Lethal’s Jared Rosen added an SVT Raptor to his driveway.
“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 in our last installment. “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…”
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 Supercharger’s highest volume distributors, it is no surprise that Jared looked no further than the Whipple’s Raptor supercharger system to boost its truck project.
“What would a Lethal project vehicle be without a Whipple supercharger?” Jared quipped. “I mean we have to be fair to all of our vehicles. So if one gets Whipple’d so does the other. We wouldn’t want any of our cars or trucks to feel less than the other.”
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 Headers’ exhaust transformed the performance of Ford SVT’s four-wheel-drive machine.
“The difference after the Whipple install was night and day from stock. I guess that’s what over 170rwhp gains do to a truck that’s already a beast,” Jared explained. “Not 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.”