Gas Is Cheap, It’s Time for Ford to Build all the Cool Stuff!

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If you haven’t been to the gas station lately, you’re missing out. Prices are at lows we haven’t seen in a long time, and the price of crude oil seems to be dropping. Now is the time for Ford to start approving all the great projects!

First off, let’s get the Ford Lightning off the drawing board and into production. Is there actually a Ford Lightning on a drawing board in Dearborn? Maybe, maybe not. But there should be. All it would take is the single-cab F-150 that already exists, drop in the 3.5L EcoBoost that is modified for Ford Raptor duty, and you’re all set!

Though, a F-150 Lightning I’d like to see is a bit more complicated. I’d want a truck that doesn’t necessarily have truck performance, but rather race car performance. I’d love to see the Lightning get a variation of the GKN Twinster all-wheel drive system that is in the Focus RS. Yes, I want a pickup truck with an all-wheel drive drift mode.

A 450 horsepower Focus RS with a pickup truck bed? Yes, please!

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The Mustang Shelby GT500 also needs to be green-lit. Slap a big ol’ supercharger on the 5.2L “Voodoo” V8 that’s currently in the Shelby GT350 and rock and roll. Heck, there doesn’t need to be many changes beyond that; the current Shelby GT350 is pretty awesome as-is.

We have a belief that a new Ranger is coming, and there should definitely be a Raptor version of it when it does get produced. Now, of course we’d love to see a Ranger with the 3.5L EcoBoost from the bigger Raptor, but realistically it’d probably be the 2.7L EcoBoost V6. Crank up the boost on that, add the Fox Racing suspension and new terrain management system, and you’re good to go!

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Since there would be a Raptor Ranger, then you might as well approve the Bronco in Raptor form. Imagine everything that we just mentioned about the Ranger, just with more seating space and an even more iconic name! If they do one, it seems like a no-brainer for them to do the other!

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Also, let’s get an all-new Ford Taurus, and let’s get a high-performance version of it. The next-generation SHO would be awesome if it included the all-wheel drive system we mentioned before from the Ford Focus RS, but have that car powered by the 5.2L “Voodoo” V8 from the Shelby GT350. It’s be fast. It’d be powerful. It’d be fun. There’d truly be no other car on sale like that for a long, long time.

Of course, just because cheap gas is here doesn’t mean Ford is working on any of the projects I’ve mentioned. Sure, we’ve heard speculation and rumors, but that’s really about it. Also, Ford does have enough foresight to know that gasoline probably won’t remain cheap forever, and they don’t want to be selling a bunch of gas guzzlers when the prices rise again.

Lastly, even if gasoline is cheap, the EPA mandates certain fuel economy requirements from manufacturers. Even if people are buying the bigger, more powerful vehicles, Ford still has to make fuel efficient ones to keep the government happy.

What do you think? What insane ideas do you have that Ford should put into production? Let us know over in the forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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