New and Old F-150 Do Battle: Truckin’ Fast Wednesday

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SVT Lightning loses to a new F-150 in a quarter mile clash of new and old half-ton pickups.

This week’s “Truckin’ Fast Wednesday” video comes to us from the YouTube channel of IJVideos and it features a newer Ford F-150 taking on an older SVT Lightning. This is basically a new base model pickup taking on what was once one of the highest performance trucks in the world with surprising results.

The Competitors

The video above showcases a race between two Ford F-150 pickups, but there is no useful information included with the video.

We can clearly see that the truck in the near lane is an SVT Lightning from the tenth generation and it is Dark Shadow Gray, so we know that this is a 2003 model year vehicle. That means that this truck is powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter “Triton” V8 with 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.

2018 F-150 Vs 2003 Lightning

The truck in the far lane is a bit more of a mystery. It appears to be a 2018 based on the headlight design and with the regular cab/short bed combination only be offered for the XL and XLT trim levels, we know that this is one of those two models. There is no badging of any kind so we can’t tell what engine is under the hood, but with the track results, it almost surely has to be either the 3.5-liter EcoBoost or the 5.0-liter V8.

The V8 offers 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque while the EcoBoost offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, so if it is the twin turbo V6, it is a relatively fair fight in terms of power levels.

The Racing Action

The 2018 truck pulls around the burnout box without cleaning off the tires, leading us to believe that the driver is launching in four-wheel-drive. The Lightning does a proper burnout before easing up to the starting line.

2018 F-150 Lines Up with a Lightning

When the green lights drop, the Lightning struggles with traction a bit, allowing the newer truck to jump out to an early lead. From there, the 2018 Ford just keeps pulling away – running a 14.1 at 99 miles per hour to the Lightning’s 14.35 at 93 miles per hour.

This shows how far the half-ton truck segment has come in the last 15 years, with a relatively basic F-150 beating the mighty Lightning – one of the fastest trucks in the world when it was new.

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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