Shadowy Ford F-150 Lightning Graphic Could Be a Powerful Electric Performance Concept

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Ford F-150 Lightning has been on sale for a while now, but it’s still nearly impossible to walk into a dealer and buy one without ordering and waiting a considerable amount of time. Despite rushing to meet demand, Ford’s still busy dreaming up new Lightning variants, including the performance concept it recently teased. 

MotorAuthority spotted the mystery truck in a graphic Ford created for its Red Bull-F1 announcement in New York. The image's shadowy outline looks an awful lot like an F-150’s profile, and it’s positioned among Ford’s other electric concepts, including the F-100 Eluminator, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 drag car, and the insane Ford Pro Electric SuperVan. Given the power output numbers of those vehicles – the van puts down 1,972 horsepower – it’s likely the truck concept will put down mind-blowing power. 

We don’t know when Ford plans to reveal the truck, and it hasn’t offered any details on specs or performance. Some versions of the existing F-150 Lightning blasts from 0-60 mph in under four seconds, so it will be interesting to see how much further Ford can push the truck’s performance. If the concept eventually makes it to production, it would be one of several performance trucks in the automaker’s lineup. There are already two F-150 Raptor models, one with 700 horsepower and a new Ranger Raptor coming in the next year or so. 

[Image: Ford]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Feb 08, 2023

    Over at The Autoextremist, Peter De Lorenzo weighs in on Ford's dismal 2022 performance, and Jim "I'm a genius, just ask me" Farley:

    Rants: A Giant Blue Oval of Not Good

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    • EBFlex EBFlex on Feb 09, 2023

      “Because the existence of EVs at Ford (and GM and Stellantis for that matter) is solely dependent on the profits generated by the ICE vehicles in their fleet.“

      Yikes! Maybe I’m the Autoextremist…...

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Feb 08, 2023

    Performance Editions sell in limited quantities at a premium price. They are supposed to build excitement for the rest of the brand. How many people out there actually know that Ford leads the industry in recalls?

  • VoGhost VoGhost on Feb 08, 2023

    I would argue that given the overwhelming consumer demand for the Lightning - like most EVs - Ford should focus on ramping production as quickly as possible to meet demand.

    But Lou_BC make a good point about building the brand with premium special editions. And that's the thing about EVs - it's relatively easy to make a performance edition. It's not like ICE where you need to enlarge the engine and everything associated with it to get more power.

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Feb 09, 2023

      Having actually driven the F150 Lightning IRL, it spanks every ICE truck I've ever driven in terms of acceleration and NVH. The Lightning already is the performance-luxury variant of the F150.

      It is not the towing variant of the F150 unless you're going a very short distance, though.

  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Feb 09, 2023

    So a niche version of a niche product in a money losing product line. Super.