1000-Plus HP Ford F-150 Lightning Concept Previewed by CEO
Ford will likely build a high-output F-150 Lighting concept based on a recent teaser, as first reported by Motor Authority.
Part of a larger infographic, the specific teaser showed a pickup truck silhouette with "coming soon" in the middle.
The mystery truck was surrounded by 1000-plus-hp EV concepts like the seven-motor Mach-E 1400 and the SuperVan 4.
UPDATE 2/9/23: Ford CEO Jim Farley posted a photo to Twitter that shows him revealing a bit of the F-150 Lightning concept to Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. We can see a blue and white color scheme, aggressive-looking wheels and tires, and a similar headlight to the production EV pickup. Look for more details to come soon.
.@FordPerformance has built some really special EV performance demonstrators. I gave @danielricciardo a sneak peek of the latest concept at our design studio today. More soon! pic.twitter.com/Bq1CoJihZR
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) February 9, 2023
Ford believes in the high-performance potential of electric vehicles. Look no further than the seven-motor Mustang Mach-E 1400 race car or the 1972-hp SuperVan 4. Both of those one-off concepts are rolling billboards for the blue-oval brand's vision of EV performance, and now it appears they'll be joined by a hi-po version of the Ford F-150 Lightning.
Last week, around the time Ford officially announced its return to Formula 1 racing, the company also released an infographic illustrating how some production models influence its race cars and vice versa. One of the graphics (shown below) featured the Lightning's silhouette with the words "coming soon" in the middle.
How do we know it's the silhouette of the electric F-150? Well, the title says "EV Performance Demonstrators" and the Lightning is currently Ford's only EV pickup, so we'd say that makes it pretty obvious. We also think the high-powered concepts surrounding the mystery Lightning suggest it could make more than 1000 horsepower. After all, the Mach-E 1400, the SuperVan 4, and the 1400-hp Mustang Cobra Jet electric dragster also shown on the infographic all have four-digit horsepower figures.
While it's true that the 480-hp Ford F-100 Eluminator concept that's also featured on the infographic fell well short of the 1000-hp mark, let's not forget how powerful the regular F-150 Lightning already is. In its most potent configuration, the EV pickup's dual electric motors generate 580 horses combined.
Now imagine the Ford Performance team is charged with building an electric F-150 that'll shock people even more. That's why we think a 1000-plus-hp Lightning is more than likely.
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