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New supercharged Hennessey Venom 775 truck uses Ford F-150 as its base

Hennessey has taken the Ford F-150 up a notch (or two) with its new truck.

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Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has give a typical Ford F-150 a power and style boost, resulting in their new Venom 775 Supercharged Truck.

"At Hennessey Performance we continue to push the envelope and crush the competition, The Venom 775, is the culmination of what the perfect F-150 should be," explained Founder and CEO John Hennessey.

Hennessey Venom 775

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At the heart of the truck, HPE added a 2.9-liter supercharger system to the truck's standard 5.0-liter V8. That boosted the engine to 775 horsepower (from 395). That power gets the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.0 seconds.

The engine bay is enclosed with a Hennessey paint matched Ram Air Hood. There's a cat-back exhaust to help you let your neighbors know that you're home.

The truck rides high thanks to a six inch lift. It has 20-inch wheels that wear 35-inch Toyo tires. It's equipped with Brembo 15.1-inch rotors and six-piston caliper brakes.

The front and back of the model feature Hennessey bumpers that are illuminated with LED lights. Automatic drop-down steps aid with ingress and egress.

Each model has a fresh interior with customized Hennessey Venom badging. The cabin is upholstered in leather and features suede inserts and custom stitching.

Hennessey will sell each Venom 775 with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty for all upgraded parts from HPE.

Just 100 of the models will be made.

Brown Lee Ford in Morrison, Tennessee, will be the exclusive seller of the model.

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The Rivian R1T is undergoing final testing in Arizona.

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Four new performance testing videos featuring the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup truck have dropped on YouTube. Three of the videos show a specific area of performance while the last wraps it all up showcasing a trail ride. Whether you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, truck fan, or someone who enjoys the road less traveled (or a combination thereof), there's something for everyone.

The first video hones in on the launch performance of the truck. The R1T, like other electric vehicles, has power at all four wheels, giving it instant torque when the driver presses on the accelerator. The wildly wrapped R1T rapidly gains speed as it heads down a dirt path. Watch the video below.

The second video features the R1T drifting around a series of corners at a controlled facility in the Arizona desert. With the dust kicked up, the effect is dramatic. Late last year, Rivian showcased its model's ability to complete a tank turn. The company has already trademarked the phrases "Tank Steer" and "Tank Turn". You can see the drifting video below.

The third video Rivian posted features an off-roading adventure with the R1T speeding down a desert trail. The drive is a test for the dynamics of the vehicle which will have to compete with the suspension and handling capabilities of traditional trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and GMC Sierra when it comes to market. Watch the video below.

Rivian says, "Last weekend, we grabbed our cameras and chased a few engineers around the desert as they put the R1T through its paces." The video shows off trail riding, rock climbing, and some on-track driving. Let's be honest, this one is the most exciting - especially the rick climbing bit. You can watch the full video below.

Rivian is looking to start deliveries of the vehicle in 2021. Production was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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