Lightly Modified 5.0 F-150 Runs Mid-12s: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday
Intake manifold from a Mustang GT and a good engine tune have this four-wheel-drive F-150 running muscle car numbers.
This week’s Truckin’ Fast Wednesday video comes to us from the MORE-VOLTAGE YouTube channel and it features a late model Ford F-150 in action at Houston Raceway Park. This half-ton pickup has a handful of simple upgrades, including some help from a newer Mustang GT, but this average-looking F-Series is far from average, covering the quarter mile as quickly as a modern, V8-powered muscle car.
Based on the details included in the video, this Ford F-150 is owned and racer by an Instagrammer named 5.0_lewy. That account is private, so we can’t go fishing for details, but the video intro explains that this truck is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. We can also see that this is a regular cab, short bed pickup and we know that it has four-wheel-drive.
Upgrades to this pickup include the removal of the catalytic convertor, a cold air intake and, most significantly, a ported intake manifold from a 2018 Mustang GT. Of course, swapping to the Mustang manifold and removing the catalytic convertor requires a tune, which is provided by Lund Racing.
Finally, the truck is launching in four-wheel-drive and this F-150 rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in what appears to be stock Goodyear rubber.
Really, the mod list doesn’t make this F-150 seem like much of a race vehicle, but the results are far better than you might expect.
Hitting the Track
In the video above, this F-150 is taking on a Taurus SHO that is clearly more modified than the truck, as the EcoBoost-powered sedan wins the race by what appears to be a comfortable margin. However, that isn’t the point of this piece.
Even with the basic street tires, this F-150 gets away from the starting line well, scooting down the track with the roar of the Coyote V8. The F-Series slept at the line a bit, giving the Taurus a huge head start, but the pickup stays with the car, crossing the finishing line with a 12.581 at 110.81 miles per hour. That is about a half-second slower than a brand new Mustang GT, which has more power and weighs far less.
Imagine lining up with this truck at a stop light, only to have to dig hard and walk away from many stock muscle cars; that is the beauty of the sleeper truck.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!