Tire Smokin’ Tuesday: Early F-150 Lightning Flexes for the Camera

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Ford truck doesn’t pack a supercharged V8, but it still destroys rear tires.

When we feature a Ford F-150 SVT Lightning doing a burnout, it is usually one of the supercharged second generation models. This week’s “Tire Smokin’ Tuesday” video reminds us that the original Lightning was no slouch when it came to roasting the tires.

The First Lightning

YouTuber John Brannon posted the clip, and it features a guy named Bobby doing a burnout in his first generation Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. We can see that it has a set of aftermarket wheels and it sounds like the engine might be a touch louder than stock, but there are no details on the truck, so we do not know if it is closer to stock or if it has gobs of extra power.

1g F-150 Lightning Burnout

The first generation of the F-150 Lightning ran from 1993 through 1995. The key feature of the package was a unique 5.8-liter V8 that delivered 240 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. With the help of a specially-tuned automatic transmission and a set of 4.10 gears, the early Lightning was the quickest and fastest F-150 to date while also being one of the best-performing American trucks of that era.

Most importantly, 340 lb-ft of torque made the first generation Lightning a solid burnout machine.

Tires Ablaze

As this video begins, the guy with the camera hurries out to the road as the F-150 Lightning driver prepares to create some clouds with his Ford truck. The driver rolls into the throttle as first, getting the tires spinning a little before really putting the hammer down.

Once the 5.8-liter engine is pushed to wide-open-throttle, smoke begins to pour from both rear tires of the old F-150 and even as the driver lets the truck creep forward, the smoke show continues.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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