Based on a Bronco with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 under the hood, HPE plans to massage extra power out of the power unit, plus attach some new off-road equipment for an even slimmer SUV in the dirt. In particular, this Bronco VelociRaptor should include 35-inch tires with 18-inch HPE wheels. New front and rear bumpers look like they can help with off-road tasks, but the company did not mention any extra lift or other equipment. Still, a Bronco that goes from 0-60 km / h in 4.9 seconds sounds pretty good.
What remains unclear is whether HPE gained access to the Broncos’ intense cybersecurity systems. This is actually the second time it announces intentions for a faster horse. In October last year, HPE also announced plans for one, which sounds great, but maybe a tough job. Jeff Seaman, Broncos’ program manager at Ford, has previously said that the carmaker must “be careful” when it comes to .
Vehicles, even rough and bare bones like the Bronco in some cases, are much like rolling computers. Giving someone access to the ECU and cybersecurity can be problematic for Ford and drivers and open to vulnerabilities. Ford did not respond to a request for comment then, and did not immediately return a request for comment now when setting up a Bronco. HPE mentions a “comprehensive R & D process” in its announcement of the Bronco VelociRaptor, which retains all SUV engine modes and off-road systems.
If all goes according to plan, HPE will build 200 of these soup-up Broncos this year. You’re looking at $ 80,000 to start, which includes the cost of a donor to the Bronco Wildtrak.