A super truck with EV power has to be in the cards.
Ford revealed its hotly anticipated F-150 Lightning this week and we came away from our drive in it seriously impressed. But while the world is being wowed by Ford's remarkable efforts to embrace electrification, the Blue Oval has also just teased a new special-edition Ranger Raptor. That got us thinking - if all cars will eventually become electric, then that means that even the Raptor name could soon enough be applied to the electric pickup. It may have a different name - Volkswagen calls its electric GTI the GTX - but the principle behind it will remain the same as with the current Raptors: go fast over any terrain.
Of course, we predict that Ford Performance Blue would be the color of choice if this vehicle were to make it to production. Black wheels with prominent arch extensions would feature too, along with knobbly all-terrain tires. A skid plate featuring a pair of tow hooks would be fitted on a high-clearance bumper. We've also widened the fenders - just like every other Raptor.
Beyond that, we've added a more aggressive front grille that is actually a textured blank-off plate. We've eschewed the traditional three amber lights that most off-road trucks get and rather added amber lighting to the arch extensions. Finally, you'll have to excuse our artistic license for adding a Raptor 'Lightning' decal.
Under the skin, you could expect Fox Racing shocks, locking diffs, and possibly a sway bars that can be disconnected. Power will go to all four wheels. As for how much power, that's anyone's guess. The standard Lightning that Ford just revealed boasts 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque in its most powerful form, and a Raptor version would be sure to make that output seem lukewarm. Expect at least 650 horses and 800 lb-ft if and when this truck makes it to market. Ford says that the stock Lightning won't cost more than 90 grand, so a Lightning Raptor should retail for the thick end of $100,000. It's just a matter of time before it happens, but the question is if it will happen this decade. As long as the V8 remains, we don't mind if it rocks up next year.