As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, The Blue Oval is currently working on a high-performance Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator – or a one-off model designed to test and show off the automaker’s latest EV technology. A few days after that revelation, CEO Jim Farley tweeted out a teaser of the new high-performance pickup, giving us just a small taste of what to expect, and just yesterday, Ford Authority reported that the special pickup will be packing some beefy electric motors, too. Now, Ford Authority has spotted the Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator for the very first time, albeit under a thick covering.
Though it’s wrapped up relatively tightly, it’s clear that this is, in fact, the Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator model, as it’s fitted with exactly the same white wheels with a blue stripe as the truck present in Farley’s teaser photo. Additionally, we can see the pickup’s electric motor peeking out from under the rear axle, which is clearly larger than the one fitted to the production version of the F-150 Lightning.
Though additional details regarding this one-off Ford F-150 Lightning are otherwise scant, we do know that it will follow the same formula as the automaker’s other EV demonstrator models – the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, and the Ford Pro Electric Supervan. Each of those vehicles cranks out well in excess of 1,000 horsepower, offering up electrifying performance in more ways than one.
The F-150 Lightning demonstrator figures to follow in those footsteps thanks to the fact that it rides quite low to the ground as one might expect, and it’s wearing what appears to be a set of very large wheels and tires. Finished in white, there is also a unique set of blue/purple graphics adorning the front bumper, as well as the front lip. Though it’s difficult to discern any other details from this heavily covered pickup, we should know more soon, as it seems rather close to a full reveal.
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Whos brilliant idea was this? Bill’s, Jim’s? Kill it. It’s a waste of corporate resources that are needed elsewhere.
Come for the stories, stay for the 2nd guessing of the peanut gallery.
Hopefully FORD AND FORD RACING. Did their Home Work. While GM CHEVY .We’re on Strike. Sad I Like both Chevy Ford’s. Also Chrysler also.Alot of People do not like EV. But is one of Many WHATS OLD IS NEW.Y TECHNOLOGIES. HYDROGEN FUELS. HOPEFULLY OSMOSIS FUTURE CARBON LESS FUELS BIODEGRADABLE RECYCLED BATTERIES THE LIKE. NOW IF FORDS WARRANTY ON THEIR ESCAPES BE GOOD STANDING????. YES FOR GM AND CHRYSLER DODGE ALSO???. PRAY OVER IT HA HE
Wow, seems like the Timbot was a little overclocked on that one.
In other news, Ford stops production and shipment of all F-150 lightnings due to a problem with the battery. SMFH
These things can happen this industry. They do happen. They will happen.
I think maybe “SMSFH” may be more accurate.
Yes. Vehicles catching on fire. Got it. I guess that is why they have 25% more engineers than they need. 100% to design the vehicle and an extra 25% to figure out how to stop it from catching on fire. SMFH
If this F-150 Lightning is as fast as expected, then Tesla’s Cybertruck will be beaten in the performance race even before it reaches production . That is twice Ford’s win in the electric truck race.
At least the headline told me enough to not read any further.
When everything is going great, let’s say when just the Majority of what you do is going great, then you can build this “stuff”.
Bob demonstrating he doesn’t know anything about market preparation, marketing, or sales.
I hope Ford’s competition takes his advice to heart.
Hot off the press, junk Lightning having more problems:
Posted on February 14, 2023
Update 1:46 PM EST: paragraph 3 updated with quote from Ford
Ford is halting production and shipments of the F-150 Lightning, its all-electric version of the best-selling pickup truck in the United States, citing potential battery issues.
The stop shipment order and production halt were issued early last week, Ford spokespeople said.
“There is a Stop Build and In-Transit Stop Ship for F-150 Lightning,” Ford’s Emma Bergg told Teslarati. As part of our pre-delivery quality inspections, a vehicle displayed a potential battery issue and we are holding vehicles while we investigate.