Late last week, a car internet lost its collective hive-mind over the Ford ...
Late last week, a car internet lost its collective hive-mind over the Ford dealer’s plans to resurrect a Ford F-150 Lightning.
Pioneer Ford in Bremen, Georgia lived up to their name by transforming the base model F-150 into the closest thing we have seen to the factory SVT pickup since the last version bowed out in 2004. So to recap, that is the 650-hp, rear-wheel drive, side exhaust short bed. What is the point, really? Burnouts.
Even if you don’t totally buy into the idea of the on-road performance pickup, you can’t deny the video below of Hooniverse news editor Greg Kachadurian throwing 1-of-2 Ford F-150 Lightning homage around the empty airstrip is hilarious fun.
With very little weight over the rear wheels and the 5.0-liter V-8 engine up front, a supercharged truck breaks its back tires loose with ease.
All that power might be too much for the stock F-150—especially in the corners—so the lowering kit keeps everything planted.
In his review, Greg Kachadurian writes that the Lightning was about three seconds quicker than a regular truck through the short slalom course they set up.
The two trucks they have built so far were from the tail end of a 2017 model year production, and future examples (and there will be more) will be built on the 2018 trucks and add the set of Bilstein dampers for even better performance.
The only reported issue was the bit of brake fade. Still, watch this truck smoke its rear tires, try to remember those little inconveniences. You can’t. It is too fun.
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