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2005 Ford Lightning SVT Concept
Base Info:
Year: 2005 Production #: Not Avaliable
Make: Ford Base Price: Not Avaliable
Model: Lightning SVT Concept Origin: Not Avaliable
Top Speed: Not Avaliable EPA Gas Mileage: Not Avaliable
¼ mile: Not Available 0 - 60 mph: Not Avaliable
Lat Acceleration: Not Available 0 - 100 mph: Not Available
Engine and Transmission: Body and Frame:
Position: Not Avaliable Drive Wheels: RWD
Configuration: All Aluminum V8 Curb Weight: Not Avaliable
Valvetrain: Not Avaliable Length: Not Avaliable
Displacement: 329.5 CU / 5401 CC Width: Not Avaliable
Power: 500 BHP / 372.9 KW @ N/A RPM Height: Not Avaliable
Torque: 500 FT LBS / 678 NM @ N/A RPM Wheelbase Not Avaliable
Redline: Not Avaliable Steering: Not Avaliable
Stroke: Not Avaliable Materials: Not Avaliable
Bore: Not Avaliable Front Brakes: Brembro Cross Drilled & Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers
Gear Type: Tremec T-56 6-Speed Manual Front Brake Size Not Avaliable
1st Gear Ratio: 2.66:1 Rear Brakes: Brembro Cross Drilled & Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
2nd Gear Ratio: 1.78:1 Rear Brake Size: Not Avaliable
3rd Gear Ratio: 1.30:1 Front Wheels: Not Avaliable
4th Gear Ratio: 1.00:1 Rear Wheels: Not Avaliable
5th Gear Ratio: 0.80:1 Front Tires: P295/40R22
6th Gear Ratio: 0.63:1 Rear Tires: P325/45R22
7th Gear Ratio: Not Avaliable Front Suspension: Independant
Final Drive Ratio: Not Avaliable Rear Suspension: Hotchkiss Type Solid Axle w/Leaf Springs, Shock Absorbers
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Story by Ford Motor Corporation

Ford's bold vision for a third-generation SVT F-150 Lightning sport truck emerged today from a powerful new-product cloudburst at the 2003 North American International Auto Show.

The SVT Lightning concept was a surprise during Ford's unveiling of the all-new 2004 F-150. Launching a Whole New Era of Built Ford Tough, the new F-150 is an all-new full-size pickup architecture designed for more power, refinement and unprecedented driving dynamics capability. It is the star of Ford Motor Company's biggest-ever wave of new-product introductions at the dawn of its Centennial year.

The SVT F-150 Lightning concept features a six-speed manual transmission, independent rear suspension and a 500-horsepower supercharged V-8. It is a powerful combination aimed at extending SVT Lightning's supremacy into the future.

Since it was introduced in 1993, the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning has been the undisputed sport truck king, making a name for itself as the 'World's Fastest Production Pickup.' Ten years later, competitors are finally bringing Lightning imitators to market. John Coletti, director, SVT Programs, welcomes the challenge.

Power to New Levels

Coletti's team fit the SVT Lightning concept with an all-aluminum, 5.4-liter DOHC supercharged and intercooled V-8 engine conservatively rated at 500 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque (SAE net). And while they were at it, they invented and patented a speed secret for those times when even that much power just isn't enough.

Ford's patented SuperCooler technology cleverly provides a special burst of power for the SVT Lightning concept. Traditional intercoolers dissipate heat from the supercharged air by circulating coolant through a front-mounted, air-cooled radiator. With the SuperCooler system, the vehicle's air conditioning system is used to chill a small storage tank of coolant to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

On demand, the SuperCooler system switches the intercooler flow from its normal circulation and dumps the chilled coolant into the engine's intercooler. In turn, the intercooler dissipates up to 20 percent more heat from the charge air - resulting in a denser air charge.

A green light on the instrument panel indicates the system's readiness. SuperCooler is activated automatically when the driver depresses the accelerator to a wide-open-throttle position.

This technology plays directly into the hands of the enthusiast, Coletti says. The SuperCooler provides the edge for the driver, and it is done simply by taking advantage of the hardware that already exists in the vehicle.

As a result of this cool technology, the SVT Lighting concept can give its driver as much as 50 transient horsepower for short bursts of 30-45 seconds and regenerate within 2 minutes under normal driving conditions. While its effect is similar to that of an aftermarket nitrous oxide system, the SuperCooler is completely self-contained, environmentally friendly and regenerative.

The SVT Lightning concept engine features a Lysholm, screw-type supercharger, paired with both an intercooler and the new SuperCooler system. The 32-valve, double-overhead-cam powerplant boasts Manley connecting rods, two fuel injectors per cylinder and high-performance heads similar to those on the limited-edition 2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R.

Exhaust gases escape through free-flowing headers and dual side pipes, producing a classic American V-8 rumble. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The same Tremec T-56 transmission is used in the 2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra. In keeping with the performance nature of the SVT Lightning, the short-throw, console-mounted shifter is more like that of a sports car than a traditional pickup's long-shaft, floor mounted shift lever.

Driving Dynamics

The SVT F-150 Lightning concept features an independent rear suspension and SVT's famous attention to every detail of the suspension, steering and braking systems for driving dynamic capabilities that match the sport truck's awesome power.

The concept truck's handling potential is immediately apparent, evidenced by massive 22-inch cast aluminum wheels that convey power even standing still. The wheels are wrapped in hand-cut Goodyear P295/40R22 tires in front and P325/45R22 tires at the rear.

Visible through the six-spoke wheels are equally impressive Brembo brakes - six-piston calipers in front, four-piston at the rear - mated to platter-size, 380-millimeter, cross-drilled ventilated discs.

SVT engineers chose to fit an independent rear suspension (IRS) system to the Lightning concept in lieu of F-150's standard Hotchkiss type solid rear axle with leaf springs and outboard shock absorbers. The IRS unit was adapted from the Ford Expedition.

'The new architecture of the F-150 made it easier for us to adapt the independent rear suspension system,' says Jeff Feit, SVT Lightning chassis and powertrain engineer. 'This allowed us to reduce unsprung weight even further and fine-tune the handling in true SVT style.'

The front suspension is derived from the new F-150, with the upper control arms modified to accommodate the oversized wheel and tires. The new rack-and-pinion steering system of the F-150 contributes to the SVT Lightning concept truck's steering precision.


The new SVT Lightning concept isn't just built for speed off the line. It was designed to be quick out of the box, thanks to a new F-150 modular design architecture that's geared to flexibility. That made it possible to show off the new SVT Lightning concept as a possible derivative of the new F-150 immediately at the truck's public unveiling.

'Modular design lends itself to special editions like this,' says Craig Metros, F-150 chief designer. 'Changing details such the front grille, the side body panels and interior trim transforms the truck. The result is a specialized, high-performance model, far from being just a wheel-and-tire package.'

The SVT Lightning concept is based on the new Regular Cab F-150 Flareside model, finished in Liquid Silver Metallic and dripping with performance character. In keeping with SVT Lightning tradition, the concept only has two doors. The rear access doors on the new Regular Cab F-150 are replaced on the concept with longer front doors and fixed B-pillars. Other SVT design cues include electro-luminescent gauges, side exhausts, clear taillights and round foglights.


The Ford SVT Lightning concept marks the coming of a future third generation of the 'World's Fastest Production Pickup.' It arrives as the Ford Special Vehicle Team celebrates its 10th anniversary and Ford Motor Company is kicking off its Centennial year. Since its introduction as a 1993 model, the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning has dominated the sport truck market. By the end of 2003, about 36,000 SVT Lightning pickups will be on the road.

The SVT Lightning has been constantly improved since its introduction, as output has jumped from the original's 240 to today's 380 horsepower. Acceleration has improved accordingly, with official 0-60 mph times dropping from an impressive 7.6 seconds to a scorching 5.8 seconds.

The Ford SVT Lightning concept making its world debut at the 2003 North American International Auto Show hints that the next-generation SVT Lightning will raise the bar even farther, and continue to dominate in the sport truck arena.
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