Supercharged Raptor V8 Powers Ken Block’s Badass Boat
Turns out a blown, first-gen Raptor V8 makes a pretty amazing marine engine with only a few mods.
When you’re Hoonigan and professional race driver extraordinaire Ken Block, you don’t do anything the conventional way. Even your wife’s daily driver has to be something extra special. And you don’t drive anything that isn’t Ford-powered, of course. Block has crammed numerous V8s into all sorts of rides over the years, but his latest didn’t require any fancy fabrication. In fact, this badass Supra vessel already comes equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter 1st gen Raptor mill modified by Roush Performance.
The boat, by itself, is a pretty darn impressive machine. But the beast that lies under the hood tops even that. The Raptor V8 is converted for marine use by a company called Indmar, but it’s also far from stock. A host of upgrades bump output up to 510 hp and 580 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to generate some serious wake out on your local waters.
It might seem like an odd combo, but this blown Raptor engine makes an ideal inboard powerplant. Low-end torque comes in waves (pun intended), which is where you want it on something like this. It’s also rather fuel efficient for a marine motor, thanks to its multiport EFI setup. Plus, the overhead cam design makes it smoother and quieter than traditional boat engines.
To make a Raptor V8 suitable for the water, other mods were obviously necessary. They include things like a closed cooling system, dual aviation-grade spark plugs, and a marine-grade oil pan. And that’s pretty much all it takes to turn a regular old Ford powerplant into one badass boat motor. To top it off, this thing looks so good you’ll want to show it off just as much as your sweet new boat. So it’s no wonder that the eccentric Block loves his new aquatic ride so much!