Ford F-150 Lightning electric pick-up gets wild off-road upgrades

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The electric Ford F-150 Lightning has been treated to a range of off-road modifications – but don’t expect it to come to showrooms.


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Ford’s performance division has continued its charge of turning its electric models into wild demonstrator vehicles, uncovering a jacked-up and off-road focused version of the F-150 Lightning pick-up.

Dubbed the F-150 Lightning Switchgear, this is no ordinary Ford pick-up – rather one with the go-fast bits from the US car giant’s off-road performance arm, all while retaining its creature comforts.

Built in collaboration with professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Junior’s ‘RTR’ (or Ready to Rock) company, the F-150 Lightning Switchgear’s aggressive stance comes courtesy of 37-inch tyres within wider wheel arches and new carbon-composite bodywork – such as the sides of its bed and rear bumper cover.

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Under the skin there are now Fox off-road shocks – giving up to 28cm of wheel travel at the front and 33cm at the rear – which are connected to a custom double-wishbone front suspension setup, with a multi-link layout for the back axle.

There are no changes to the F-150’s dual electric motors, which provide outputs up to 433kW and 1050Nm, with power supplied by a 131kWh battery pack.

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Inside, the F-150’s cabin now incorporates a half-roll-cage, five leather Recaro sports seats – each with a six-point racing harness – and what appears to be a hydraulic handbrake, making it easier to get the back end sideways when off-road.

Unfortunately there are no plans to put the F-150 Lightning Switchgear into production as an electric sibling to the petrol-powered Raptor, though it will join Ford’s fleet of battery-powered show cars – alongside the Transit Custom SuperVan, Mustang Cobra Jet 1800 and the Mustang Mach-E 1400.

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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