F-150 Lightning is One of the World’s Quickest: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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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.

Yetti F-150 Lightning

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.

Yetti F-150 Lightning

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.

Yetti F-150 Lightning

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

Photos: The New Yetti Instagram account.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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