Ford’s Performance division has given no indication that it’s planning a reboot of the beloved, high-performance SVT Lightning F-150 street truck, much to fans’ chagrin. So, as we reported last week, Pioneer Ford of Bremen, Georgia has taken matters into its own hands, crafting a modern take on the classic SVT Lightning that draws its power from a supercharged version of Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8 (the pre-2018 version, meaning no direct-injection).
The truck starts out as a 2017 Ford F-150 XL Regular cab with a 61/2-foot bed, receiving a Roush Phase 2 supercharger that pushes peak output up to 650 horsepower. Exhaust gases are expelled via a 3-inch side-exit system, and the truck sits a tad lower than stock thanks to a suspension lowering kit; a full Bilstein system is planned for 2018 models, according to website Hooniverse.
Greg Kachadurian of Hooniverse got the chance to drive one of these custom Ford F-150 Lightning models from Pioneer Ford recently, testing the truck’s 0-to-60 sprinting and handling on a slalom before giving in to his baser instincts and torturing the tires with some burnouts. You can read all about what the Hooniverse folks thought of the 650-horsepower F-150 Lightning tribute on their website, and see for yourself how well it hoons in the video above.
For an unofficial continuation of Ford’s white-hot performance truck of the early aughts, the Pioneer Ford F-150 Lightning tribute is an impressive and stupid-fun-looking machine.