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Ford F-150 Lightning EV Demonstrator Will Boast Beefy Motors

As Ford Authority reported last week, The Blue Oval is currently working on developing a high-performance demonstrator variant of the Ford F-150 Lightning, a vehicle that CEO Jim Farley teased just a few days later. Not much is known about this new one-off project at the moment – other than the fact that it will follow a handful of predecessors by serving as a showcase for Ford’s EV technology, however. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the forthcoming Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator will feature at least one big difference when compared to the regular, road-going model.

That difference is an array of noticeably larger electric motors than the production version of the pickup, which is an indication that the Ford F-150 Lightning EV demonstrator will also pack quite a bit more power. At the moment, the extended range variant of the pickup churns out 580 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque from its two electric motors.

Judging from what we’ve seen in the past, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to how much power Ford could ultimately pack into its one-off, performance-focused F-150 Lightning. Both the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 and Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 crank out an astounding 1,400 peak horsepower, with the latter utilizing a grand total of seven motors to reach that level of output – three on the front differential and four in the rear. There’s also the the Ford Pro Electric Supervan, which makes 1,973 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-62 miles-per-hour in two seconds flat.

The Mach-E 1400 is also equipped with an array of special one-off components such as lightweight composite materials, different setups for the track and drifting, an electronic brake booster, a hydraulic handbrake system, Brembo brakes from the Mustang GT4 racer, and a 56.8-kilowatt-hour battery made up of nickel manganese cobalt pouch cells for ultra-high performance and a high discharge rate.

Given Ford’s reentry into Formula 1 with an eye toward developing its electrified technology in that series, it’s quite likely that the Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator will serve as a true technology – and performance – showcase, no matter how much power it ultimately lays down.

We’ll have more on the F-150 Lightning performance demonstrator soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 newsF-150 Lightning news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Thurston Munn

    Geez, what a bunch of B/S. Give us better quality vehicles!!

  2. Billy

    Monies could be better spent fixing damaged brand Lincoln!

    1. RWFA

      Wait for two years.

  3. David Pickford

    Just a couple of days ago F1 driver Daniel Riccardo was invited by Farley to drive a few of Ford’s performance vehicles which included the performance Lightening which according to Riccardo’s comments has “2000 horsepower”


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