F-150 ‘Aluminator’ Runs 8s, Gets 26MPG (Video)
Truckin Fast Wednesday: Twin-Turbo 5.0L Coyote V8 Turns First-Gen Lightning into Eight-Second Street Truck
This week’s “Truckin Fast Wednesday” video features a badass, first-generation Ford SVT Lightning F-150. This Ford-tough truck is reportedly the first to be powered by a twin-turbocharged Coyote 5.0L V8 that is better known as the “Aluminator.”
The most surprising information on this twin-turbo Lightning is that even with the twin-turbo 5.0L V8 sending 885-plus horsepower to the rear wheels, this old school Ford sport truck is registered for street use. It is insured with license plates, and the owner drives it to and from work, getting better than 26 miles per gallon in the process. Needless to say, it is probably running different tires and a different tune when it is running 8s and when it is getting 26mpg. But those two numbers show the versatility of these modern V8 engines with aftermarket forced induction setups.
Unfortunately, the guy filming this footage missed the eight-second run, but we do get to see this beastly F-150 make a quarter-mile run on failing turbochargers. Due to the loss of boost pressure, the Lightning “only” runs a 9.20. But we get to see a previous time slip from when this old Ford went 8.97 at 150 miles per hour. Even on a bad run, this boosted Coyote-powered Lightning F-150 puts on an awesome show following a short discussion on the truck.
We don’t get to see any record runs, but the owner/driver explains that this is the quickest and fastest Coyote-powered F-150 in the world.
This monster Ford F-150 runs 8s (or 9s) and does so in a civil enough manner that it can be driven on the street. However, we are here for the drag-racing action. So, crank up your speakers and enjoy this clip showing a first-gen SVT Lightning F-150 packing a twin-turbo Coyote V8.