Two Decades Later, Ford F-150 Lightning is Still Slaying Tires
Take a close-up look at the last true muscle truck, followed by a proper F-150 Lightning burnout.
This week’s “Tire-smokin’ Tuesday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of The Daminator and it features a 2001 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning doing a righteous burnout. This is more than just a burnout video, giving us a look at this stock, supercharged half-ton inside, outside and under the hood, but the clip is headlined by the wicked smoke show towards the end.
The Mighty Lightning
It can be argued that there is no truck from the history of any of the American automakers that more people wish to see return than the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. The second and final generation was produced from 1999 through 2004 and in that time, this supercharged F-150 staked its claim as one of the greatest performance trucks of all time. In fact, with 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, the Lightning is stout even by today’s standards, but as Ford has put more focus towards the Raptor, it seems that the Lightning remains a “wish list” item for go-fast truck lovers.
2001 in Silver Metallic
There are no details on this truck included with the video, but in looking at other videos from this YouTube channel, we have found that this truck is completely stock aside from some aesthetic upgrades. It clearly has an aftermarket hood, newer headlights, unique stripes and some dress-up items inside, outside and under the hood.
This includes a serial plaque that announces this Lightning as number 3,752 of 6,381, which according to information posted on the Late Model Restorations website means that this is a 2001 model. 2001 models benefited from an increase in power to 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, along with a steeper 3.73 rear gear set and a stronger driveshaft. Those three things help make this F-150 an even better tire slayer than the 2000 models, and that ability is well-displayed in the video above.
The actual burnout begins about a minute into the video, after we are given a close-up look at pretty much every portion of the truck. We first watch the F-150 roast the tires from the front, followed by footage captured from a camera laying on the ground behind the rear tire. Both angles provide a great look at the smoke show, but there is music playing over the action, so this is a clip that you can watch at work with the volume down.