Buckle up, because the Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear is not your average electric pickup. It’s like the F-150 Lightning decided to go off-road and brought its A-game, leaving us yearning for an F-150 Lightning Raptor.
Off-Road Enthusiasts’ Dream
This isn’t your regular production vehicle; Ford calls it a “demonstrator vehicle.” Think of it as Ford’s playground for wild ideas, akin to the SuperVan, F-100 Eluminator, and Mustang Mach-E 1400. Built in collaboration with RTR, it’s a test bed where engineers can play around and gain insights into the world of electric vehicles (EVs), paving the way for future road-ready projects.
Powerful Performance, Revamped Design
Fear not, speed enthusiasts; the Switchgear retains the Lightning’s factory powertrain, packing a punch with 580 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque in its Extended Range battery pack trim. However, the real magic happens underneath and around the body. The Switchgear boasts a wider track, increased ground clearance, and a suspension that’s ready for the toughest terrains.
Under the hood, it features a custom double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link independent suspension in the rear with coilover shocks. The Switchgear doesn’t shy away from adventure, equipped with Fox 3-inch diameter internal bypass shocks, specially designed front and rear bumpers, and 37-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tires wrapping 18-inch wheels.
Bringing Style to the Trail
Looks matter too, right? The Switchgear flaunts carbon composite front fenders, bed sides, and a rear bumper. Steel rock rails, a steel front bumper, and a steel front skid plate complete the rugged appearance. The interior maintains the standard F-150 Lightning vibe but adds Recaro Sportster ORV seats for all five passengers and six-point harnesses for that extra off-road safety.
Dual Personalities: Street and Off-Road
But wait, there’s more! Ford didn’t stop at off-road prowess; they’ve created a “street configuration.” Picture the Switchgear fitted with Nitto NT420V street performance tires, a carbon composite front bumper, rocker skirts, and a Ford Performance tonneau cover. The ride height takes a dip, creating a street-performance beast that remains shrouded in mystery.
If you’re itching to catch a glimpse of this electrifying spectacle, mark your calendar for January 25 at the King of the Hammers off-road racing event in Johnson Valley, Calif. Let’s hope this off-road escapade sparks more extreme adventures for Ford’s production Lightning pickup.