It’s not easy building a competitive drag racing machine out of a pickup truck. Due to the lack of weight over the rear axle, it’s a challenge to put big power down without spinning the wheels, and the largeness brings with it unwanted weight and aerodynamic drag.
Nonetheless, there are those who do build properly fast drag machines out of pickup trucks, like the owner of the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning shown in the video above. The total weight of the truck is around 3,400 pounds including the driver – heavy enough that it has to deploy not one, but two parachutes at the end of the drag strip to help it slow down. Yet somehow, despite its immensity and inherent imbalance, this SVT Lightning consistently manages to blast through the quarter-mile in the low-seven-second range, allowing it to dispatch nearly every single opponent it comes across in this video.
What’s more, it does it all with so little drama, you might think the footage was simply sped up.
According to the owner, this SVT Lightning puts out somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,900 horsepower at the crank, thanks to a 400-cubic-inch Bennett Racing engine with a pair of turbochargers. That engine is backed by a Mark Mickey Turbo 400 transmission, which relies on a Menscer Motorsports suspension to help it put the power down.
Check it out.