Supercharged F-150 Lightning Tears Up the Track

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Early F-150 Lightning is running at a “street drags” event without times being posted, but it is crazy fast.

The original Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was first offered in 1993 and it ran through 1995, essentially introducing the modern era of the factory-built sport truck with a 351-cubic inch V8. A few years later, the second generation Lightning was introduced with a supercharged V8, setting the new standard for go-fast half-tons. The second generation Lightning quickly became the top choice for Ford trucks fans who want to go fast on the drag strip, but there are plenty of first generation SVT pickups turning heads on the track.

The video above comes to us from the tomeighty YouTube channel and it features the first generation of Mike James, which might be one of the baddest early Lightnings we have seen.

ProCharged F-150 Lightning

ProCharged Lightning

The details on the Ford F-150 in the video above are slim, but we know that this truck is owned and driven by Mike James. We also know that it is ProCharged thanks to the windshield banner, but the rest of the upgrade list is based on what we see in the video.

This Lightning appears to be powered by a small block Ford V8 topped with Brodix cylinder heads while a ProCharger Integrated RaceDrive kit adds the boost needed to make monster power. Based on the piping running through the engine bay, we would guess that this truck is running an ice tank setup in the cabin or bed, with the compressed air going from the supercharger, through the ice tank system and into the engine after being thoroughly chilled.

ProCharged F-150 Lightning

Of course, we can assume that this F-150 Lightning has a built automatic transmission, a built rear differential and an elaborate suspension setup to handle all of that power. As for the outside of the truck, it has a hole cut in the front bumper to feed the ProCharger and a small-lift cowl induction-style hood, but aside from the bumper hole, hood and wheels, this old F-150 has a very stock look.

Hitting the Track

The video above begins with the ProCharged Lightning taking on a built Ford Thunderbird. Unfortunately, the F-150 red lights and the Thunderbird sits at the line forever, so it isn’t much of a race. Making matters worse, after a good, hard launch, the Lightning ran into traction troubles just past the 60-foot mark, causing the back end to kick out. James lifts, gets traction and continues on his way, stomping the slow-to-leave car in the far lane. Again, we don’t get to see the elapsed time, but on this first run, we get a good taste of this truck’s capabilities.

ProCharged F-150 Lightning

Next, we get a close-up look at this F-150 in the pits, including a good look at the monster V8 under the hood.

Finally, the video ends with two clips of this Lightning racing against a square body Chevy. Once again, the Ford red lights, so the race is over before it begins, but on this run, the F-150 gets a better grip of the track and roars to the finish line.

ProCharged F-150 Lightning

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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