F-150 Lightning is One of the World’s Quickest: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
Twin 88-millimeter turbochargers and a 400-cubic inch small block Ford put this F-150 in the 6-second range.
The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning has been out of production for 15 years now, but the supercharged half-ton is still one of the quickest and best-performing pickups to ever roll off of a factory line. The Lightning is quick in stock form, but many owners have used this popular performance pickup of the basis for a much bigger build, leading to some of the quickest drag racing pickups in the world.
One such F-150 that is built to tear up the drag strip is the white one shown here, known as the “Yetti,” which set records as the world’s quickest and fastest truck to blast down the quarter mile on drag radial tires. For today’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video, we bring you a look at that record-setting run from the TheSauceSpot YouTube channel, in which the twin turbocharger pickup shocks the world by breaking into the 6-second range, at more than 200 miles per hour.
The Yetti F-150
If you spend much time watching Ford truck drag racing videos on YouTube, the odds are good that you have seen this Lightning before. In fact, we have featured this beast here on Ford-Trucks a few times in the past, when the truck was “only” running in the 7-second range.
Under the hood of this F-150 is a 400-cubic inch small block Ford V8 that has been fitted with a pair of 88-millimeter Bullseye turbochargers. That combination sends more than 2,000 horsepower towards the rear wheels by means of a built TH400 automatic transmission, where a set of drag radial tires works with the carefully-tuned suspension setup to put all of that power to the ground.
Of course, there has been some weight reduction, but with the driver, this F-150 still tips the scales at 3,480 pounds, so it is far from a lightweight. Fortunately, all of that twin turbo V8 power more than makes up for the weight.
The Record Run
In the video above, we watch as Jimmy Dolan sets the world record for the quickest and fastest quarter mile pass by a pickup truck with drag radial tires. Oddly, the launch doesn’t appear to be all that violent, but the truck goes down the track nice and straight, leading to an elapsed time of 6.72 seconds and a speed of 208 miles per hour. No truck on drag radials has ever covered a drag strip that quickly, and when Dolan got back to the pits, he was understandably excited.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!
Photos: The New Yetti Instagram account.