I would haven't raced a raptor yet. But my zilla pulls on the bottom end like a four stroke if you ask me. It wants to throw me off half the time. Just my two cents worth. The zilla has no problem hooking up! !
I have an '88 zilla with a stage four motor and a 2001 raptor both are set up for the sand and have had modifications. My zilla will whip my raptor, but my raptor will whip most others unless highly modified. We mainly ride at the Oregon dunes. Wish my zilla had electric start and reverse.
I guess I finally have two of the best machines out there.