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Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear delivers street truck or off-road performance

Ford on Wednesday took the covers off an F-150 Lightning-based concept that hints at the direction the automaker may take if it launches a performance-oriented electric truck.

It’s called the F-150 Lightning Switchgear, and right now it’s only a concept vehicle. It will serve as a testbed for future electric vehicles, just like the previous SuperVan, Mustang Mach-E 1400, and Mustang CobraJet 1400. However, unlike those earlier vehicles, Ford hasn’t upped the power in its chase for performance, as the Switchgear matches the stock F-150 Lightning’s maximum 580 hp.

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Instead, the focus was on the chassis, and particularly the suspension. Ford, together with the team from RTR Vehicles, developed a custom suspension with independent double wishbones up front, and multi-link design at the rear. Fox 3.0-inch diameter internal bypass shocks, stabilizer bars and custom control arms sit at both ends. Limit straps help control suspension and wheel travel.

Switchgear is a reference to the ability for the vehicle to be dialed in for either street truck or off-road performance. A swap of some components is required, depending on the aim of the driver.

For the street truck configuration, there’s a carbon-fiber front fascia, carbon-fiber side skirts, a custom tonneau cover, and 20-inch wheels with Nitto NT420V tires. The street truck also has a lowered ride height.

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

Ford F-150 Lighting Switchgear

The off-road configuration sees the front fascia swapped for a steel replacement and steel skid plate. It also gets steel rock rails and a chase rack with two spare tires. The off-road configuration also boasts 18-inch wheels with 37-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires.

Ford hasn’t said whether the F-150 Lightning will receive any of these upgrades, though they may be further developed for Ford’s next-generation full-size electric truck. Scheduled to debut in 2025 and code-named T3, the new truck will be based on a dedicated EV platform.

The F-150 Lightning Switchgear will be shown to the public for the first time at the King of the Hammers race starting Jan. 25 in Johnson Valley, California.



This article was originally published by a www.motorauthority.com . Read the Original article here. .

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