Ford F-150 Drag Race Pits Raptor Against SVT Lightning
The SVT Lightning was a gem in the Ford F-150’s seven-decade history. Spanning over two generations with a three-year hiatus in between, the performance-driven truck has become a favorite among truck enthusiasts who want a super-fast yet rugged truck.
Sadly, Ford ditched the SVT Lightning during the 2004 11th gen redesign of the top-selling truck, which marked the end of the nameplate. We always see samples of these regular cab models on the road, and they look really tough.
But how does the SVT Lightning compare to a modern F-150 Raptor? That’s probably a question some truck fans have on their minds right now, and StangFashion aims to answer that in its video recently uploaded to YouTube.
We’re talking about road performance, of course, as the SVT Lightning’s lowered suspension makes it an underdog against the conquering Baja Raptor. On the sidewalk and on paper, however, the 20-year-old truck is unlikely.
The SVT Lightning is powered by a 5.4-liter Triton SOHC V8 fitted with an Eaton M112 supercharger. Its first iteration, which is the one shown in the video above, produces up to 360 horsepower (268 kilowatts) and 440 pound-feet (597 Newton-meters) of torque, sent to the rear wheels via the Ford 4R100 overdrive at four speeds. automatic transmission.
On the other hand, the F-150 Raptor has a smaller 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, but it does a lot at 450 hp (336 kW) and 510 lb-ft (691 Nm) of traction. This engine sends power to all four wheels, which is a plus in itself (aside from the large power gap).
Note, however, that the SVT Lightning weighs significantly less than the Raptor by around 1,000 pounds. Having said that, who do you think won this drag race? Watch the video at the top.