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Roush & GAS Combine To Give This 2013 Ford Raptor 590 HP

Giving it the GAS

Matt EmeryPhotographer, Writer

Give the customers what they want has been a selling tool since, well … the inception of selling things, we suppose. Car dealers are no different, except that they are limited to what the OEMs are actually building.

Not so at GAS. GAS stands for Galpin Auto Sports, and it’s an offshoot of the many Galpin dealerships. At GAS, they take what there is and turns it into what a customer wants. The GAS crew has done muscle cars, imports and everything in between. Here’s a hint: It usually involves more power, better handling, and an increased fun factor. That’s just what this ’13 Ford F-150 Super Cab Raptor got. That, and a really bright paint scheme.

There have been some famous names historically associated with Ford Performance, but Jack Roush is as big as they come. Roush engines are known for power and reliability, so it comes as no surprise that GAS has a long-standing relationship with Roush and chose to use Roush components in this 6.2L 2V SOHC V-8 engine-equipped Raptor build.

Raptors are no slouches stock, but with the inclusion of a Roush supercharger and cold air intake/air filter, as well as a Roush Performance cat-back exhaust, the horsepower numbers rose appreciably. The truck now puts out 590 hp with 560 lb-ft of torque.

Superchargers compress air/fuel into the compression chambers, which is good, but any pre-detonation is not. Things melt and develop holes under those circumstances. That’s why a Snow Performance Water/Methanol Kit is used. The system gives a shot of water/methanol when the system feels that heat could be a problem. We know, injecting water seems counterintuitive to making horsepower, but the Snow system works.

But as much as GAS wanted this Raptor to fly, they also wanted it to have an off-road suspension that was worthy of the rest of the truck. To that end, they called Icon Performance. Icon installed their Stage 2 Suspension System. It consists of a new billet upper control arms that feature uniballs that are matched with a set of Icon SVT Zeta 3.0 external reservoir shocks.

The rear suspension sees a set of Icon rear springs along with Icon SVT Zeta 3.0 piggyback-style reservoir shocks. The travel is increased slightly, but the Icon system adds more in the way of controlled action and adjustability than just numbers alone.

Replaced also are the stock rims. In their place are 20-inch ADV1 ADV6TFSL off-road wheels (20x10.5) that have been equipped with full off-road worthy Nitto EXO Grappler Tires (35x12.50R20). This combination, especially thanks to the color of the ADV1 wheels, has both the look of a classic racer (think Stroppe Bronco) with the upgraded abilities of modern technology.

GAS wanted to add performance to this Raptor, so they figured that they really didn’t need to do anything to the interior other than items related to performance upgrades, or really: to keep an eye on the performance upgrades. That is done with pod-mounted Pro Sport EVO digital gauges that join the control panel for the Snow water/methanol injection system along the top of the dash.

GAS did upgrade the stereo system too, and that counts as a performance upgrade in our book. They added an Audison Audio system that includes a four- channel amp/sound processor, new door panel speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer that resides in a custom enclosure beneath the rear seat. The system puts out much more boom than stock. Hey, we’re still talking power, and what’s not to like about that.

The neon blue wrap on the originally refrigerator white Raptor may be another matter. We’re not sure why it’s called Conform Chrome Blue Wrap (Avery Dennison material), because conform it does not. It’s more like it jumps out at you. But GAS did build this truck to get noticed.

Some tricks they added were more for go, however; the Road Armor front and rear Stealth Bumpers are there to keep the truck protected while the Lazer Star LED lights are there to turn night into day. The lights, such as the cool custom LED headlights by The Lighting Firm, are more for show, but they do project a stronger beam than stock.

The GAS crew at Galpin have taken what they know—building high-performance vehicles—and done something to this Raptor that many may like and some will find a bit too “hot rod” for their tastes. One thing that can’t be disputed is that the upgrades that they have done to the Raptor enhance an already highly capable off-road vehicle. It is definitely faster than stock, and its suspension has been improved upon. These things are not in dispute. The metallic wrap may be a little over the top, but getting to the top of that hill on your favorite trail will be much easier than before.