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Ford Performance Unveils F-150 Lightning SuperTruck EV Demonstrator Ahead of Pikes Peak Testing

by Anna

Ford Performance has pulled the wraps off its F-150 Lightning SuperTruck EV demonstrator, setting the stage for rigorous testing at the iconic Pikes Peak. The event, scheduled for June 23, 2024, marks a significant return for the automaker to “America’s Mountain,” with Romain Dumas, the current Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record holder, slated to pilot the electrifying machine through the main event.

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Drawing inspiration from the acclaimed F-150 Lightning, the Ford Performance Motorsports EV demonstrator is a collaborative effort with STARD, emphasizing both performance and sustainability. Crafted with aerodynamic precision, the vehicle boasts the capability to generate 6,000 lbs of downforce at speeds of up to 150 mph, a crucial asset for its forthcoming challenge at Pikes Peak.

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The significance of the EV demonstrator extends beyond the realm of motorsports, serving as a catalyst for electric powertrain research and development. Insights gleaned from the Pikes Peak program will play a pivotal role in refining software calibration and optimizing battery cell chemistry, not only for future race endeavors but also for enhancing production vehicles.

Ford’s track record at Pikes Peak speaks volumes about its prowess in pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle performance. In 2023, the Electric SuperVan 4.2 clinched a new Open Class record, clocking an impressive 8:47.682 ET in the 20km course, showcasing the brand’s commitment to innovation and excellence.

The F-150 Lightning SuperTruck is the latest addition to Ford’s lineup of electrified demonstrators, following the trailblazing Switchgear unveiled earlier this year. Based on the production Lightning platform, the Switchgear elevates performance with a reinforced suspension, carbon composite panels, and other enhancements, redefining the standards for electric vehicles on and off the road.

Ford Performance’s foray into motorsports underscores its unwavering dedication to harnessing cutting-edge technology and expertise from the racetrack to enhance its entire portfolio. As the automotive industry pivots towards electrification, Ford’s pioneering spirit continues to drive innovation, setting new benchmarks for sustainable mobility and performance.

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