If it feels like we’ve been waiting on the debut of the Ford F-150 Lightning EV demonstrator for a long time now, well, that’s because we have. Ford originally teased this one-off, high-performance pickup back in February 2023 – nearly one year ago – and we haven’t heard much about the project since, save for a heavily-covered prototype sighting. That teaser gave us a tiny sneak peek at the truck’s front end at Ford’s design studio, where CEO Jim Farley was showing it off to Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, just after the company announced that it was teaming up with Red Bull Oracle Racing to return to that series. Now, Farley is once again teasing the Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator – this time, presumably as the automaker is ready to fully reveal it.
What’s particularly interesting about this teaser is that the Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator seen here doesn’t look anything like the one that was teased last year. While that truck sat low to the ground with road-ready wheels and tires and white paint with blue and purple graphics, this one is clearly more focused on off-road activities, given the presence of its beadlock wheels, chunky tires, a tubular front bumper, and wide fender flares, coupled with Farley’s comment – “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”
Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. ⚡️⚡️
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) January 17, 2024
In terms of performance, the Ford F-150 Lightning demonstrator vehicle will likely offer plenty of that, judging from what we’ve seen in the past with the Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400, Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, Ford Pro Electric Supervan, and 1978 F-100 Eluminator Concept – each of which truly push the envelop of all-electric performance. And that’s precisely what this new hi-po F-150 Lightning will most likely do, too – show us what’s possible with the popular EV pickup, at least in terms of all-out, desert blasting all-electric performance.
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