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Pikes Peak Ford F-150 Lightning Teaser

Earlier this year, Ford announced the F-150 Lightning Switchgear, built in collaboration with RTR vehicles. The vehicle was built only for demonstrations and was inspired by the F-150 RTR Ultimate Fun-Haver project vehicle from 2016. A new “EV demonstrator” is coming, as Ford CEO Jim Farley announced during Ford’s racing season kickoff. It’s believed a modified version of the Switchgear was in development and would tackle this year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

Ford F-150 Lightning Pikes Peak Hillclimb: Details

According to motor1, Ford shared a single teaser image on social media, showing the front of a vehicle hiding under a tarp. Despite its broad stature, it appears to be low to the ground with a crazy wing at the back, like what we saw on the electric SuperVan, pointing to the fact that Ford is applying some of the lessons learned from its incredibly fast van for this new project.

Ford Supervan

The Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear’s off-road configuration features Fox 3-inch-diameter internal bypass shock absorbers, a custom independent double-wishbone suspension at the front with a multilink setup at the rear with coilovers, custom control arms, limit straps, and Nitto Ridge Grappler 37-inch tires fitted with 18-inch Forged RTR Tech 6 Beadlock wheels. This street version of the truck will not have this modification. The vehicle was dubbed the Switchgear due to its design to be able to tackle paved corners the same way it tackles dirt jumps; with some minor modifications to the suspension and tires, the capability can be seriously altered, and of course, a massive wing at the back will add extra downforce.

Back in January, Ford revealed that it was only going to build one Switchgear, with plans to convert the truck from an off-road beast into something altogether different at a later date. This year’s Hillclimb is set to take place on June 23, and by our calculations, that is a later date. We can’t wait to see this street-focused F-150 Lightning Switchgear unveiled, especially as it takes on a timed race up the legendary mountain.

Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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