The Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear is what occurs while you take the electrical F-Sequence and switch it as much as 11 on the off-road scale. In a means, it’s like an F-150 Lightning Raptor, which is now a truck that we need to see made.
Nonetheless, the Lightning Switchgear will not be a production-intent automobile. As an alternative, Ford is asking it a “demonstrator vehicle” and evaluating it to different outrageous builds just like the SuperVan, F-100 Eluminator and Mustang Mach-E 1400. It’s a check mattress of kinds for engineers – the truck was inbuilt collaboration with RTR – to experiment and study EVs in hopes that mentioned learnings might be utilized to future initiatives meant for the street.
Not like all of the initiatives listed above, the Switchgear sticks with the powertrain it comes from the manufacturing unit with. That’s hardly upsetting, although, because the Lightning produces 580 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque in its Prolonged Vary battery pack trim. What’s new are all of the bits beneath and the sheetmetal round it. The Switchgear sports activities a wider observe, elevated floor clearance and much extra suspension journey. It encompasses a customized double-wishbone entrance suspension and multi-link unbiased suspension within the rear with coilover shocks. A novel stabillizer bar and customized management arms full the job in again.
As for these shocks, it makes use of Fox 3-inch diameter inside bypass shocks throughout and specifically designed entrance and rear bumpers for improved method and departure angles. Its energy is shipped by means of 37-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires wrapping 18-inch wheels, and it’s fitted with a rack that may maintain as much as two spare wheels and tires. Ford says it options 11 inches of wheel journey in entrance and 13 inches in again.
The Switchgear’s look comes due to carbon composite entrance fenders, mattress sides and rear bumper. It additionally will get metal rock rails, a metal entrance bumper and a metal entrance skid plate. A lot of the inside is customary F-150 Lightning, nevertheless it upgrades to Recaro Sportster ORV seats (for all 5 passengers) and will get six-point harnesses, too.
There’s extra to the Switchgear than simply off-road efficiency, although, as a result of Ford says it’s constructed a “road configuration” alongside the off-road model. This suits the Switchgear with Nitto NT420V road efficiency tires wrapping 20-inch wheels, a carbon composite entrance bumper with decrease valence, carbon rocker skirts and a Ford Efficiency tonneau cowl. The trip peak is lowered considerably, however Ford isn’t saying something extra about this street-performance truck. You may see the variations within the two builds in side-by-side pictures above, with the one picture offered of the road construct on the left.
If you wish to see the Switchgear in individual, Ford says it is going to make a public debut on the King of the Hammers off-road racing occasion on January 25 in Johnson Valley, Calif. We will solely hope that this evokes Ford to take the manufacturing Lightning pickup to much more excessive heights.