The F-150 Lightning Switchgear, developed by Ford Performance in collaboration with RTR Vehicles, represents a cutting-edge and high-performance on- and off-road demonstrator vehicle. This electric truck, based on America’s best-selling F-150 Lightning, showcases the potential of electric vehicles and serves as a platform for engineers to advance their understanding of future electric vehicle technologies. One can think of this as Raptorizing the F-150 Lightning.
Inspired by the F-150 RTR Ultimate Fun-Haver project vehicle from 2016, the F-150 Lightning Switchgear boasts a custom exterior carbon bodywork with a Ford Performance 2024 livery. It is equipped with off-road upgrades aimed at taking the F-150 Lightning to new and challenging terrains. As part of Ford Performance’s Demonstrator program, the Switchgear joins a lineup that includes notable vehicles like SuperVan 4.0 and 4.2, the Mustang Mach-E 1400, Mustang CobraJet 1400, and the F-100 Eluminator.
One of the key features of the Switchgear is its ability to push the boundaries of what is expected from electric trucks. With a significant increase in track width for off-road stability, improved ground clearance, and enhanced suspension travel, this electric truck is designed to navigate rough terrains effortlessly. The suspension system includes FOX 3-inch diameter internal bypass shock absorbers, custom control arms, and unique front and rear bumpers to improve approach and departure angles.
The F-150 Lightning Switchgear’s off-road capabilities are further enhanced with custom independent double-wishbone suspension at the front and multilink independent suspension at the rear. Carbon composite components, such as front fenders, bed sides, and rear bumper cover, contribute to its durability and performance. The addition of steel fabricated rock rails, a front skid plate, and limit straps ensures that the vehicle is well-prepared for challenging off-road conditions.
Equipped with NITTO Ridge Grappler 37×12.5R18 tires and featuring a distinctive chase rack with two spare wheels/tires, the F-150 Lightning Switchgear is set to make its public debut at the King of the Hammers off-road racing event starting on January 25 in Johnson Valley, California. This event provides an opportunity for enthusiasts and the public to witness the capabilities of this electric off-road powerhouse.