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Ford's 1,400-HP Electric SuperTruck Aims for a New Pikes Peak Record

22 Jun 2024
  • How does Ford's F-150 Lightning SuperTruck redefine automotive performance through its advanced powertrain and aerodynamic innovations?
  • Can Ford's minimalist interior and performance-focused design in the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck help Romain Dumas set another record at Pikes Peak?

Ford is gearing up to make history once again at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with their groundbreaking F-150 Lightning SuperTruck. Following last year's stunning victory with the SuperVan 4.2, which obliterated the previous record by nearly 37 seconds, the automaker is poised to set another record with their latest high-performance electric vehicle (EV).

Ford's Cutting-Edge Innovation in Performance and Design

Ford's Cutting-Edge Innovation in Performance and Design

The F-150 Lightning SuperTruck showcases Ford's relentless pursuit of innovation and performance. This year’s entry features an impressive powertrain equipped with three STARD UHP 6-Phase Motors, delivering a combined output of over 1,400 horsepower. While this is a step down from the 1,972 horsepower of the SuperVan 4.0, the current setup still promises extraordinary performance, powered by an ultra-high-performance Li-Polymer NMC battery.

One of the most striking aspects of the SuperTruck is its radical aerodynamics. Ford has replaced the camouflage wrap from previous tests with a striking red, white, and blue livery. The design features prominent aerodynamic elements, including a colossal three-piece front splitter, a gigantic swan-neck rear wing, ducts in place of headlights, side diffusers, hood ducts and louvers, and a massive rear diffuser that barely conceals the fully custom, in-board suspension system. These enhancements allow the SuperTruck to generate an astonishing 6,000 pounds of downforce at 150 miles per hour.

The SuperTruck's aggressive stance is complemented by Pirelli P-Zero tires wrapped around magnesium forged wheels, providing superior grip. Behind the wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes ensure that the vehicle can handle the intense demands of the hill climb.

A No-Nonsense Powerhouse Aims for Pikes Peak Glory

A No-Nonsense Powerhouse Aims for Pikes Peak Glory

Inside, the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck is stripped down to essentials, emphasizing function over form. The interior features a bare carbon-fiber floor, a racing seat, a steering wheel, and a small display. A makeshift center console houses two rows of buttons that control various vehicle functions, highlighting the truck's no-nonsense, performance-focused design.

Veteran racing driver Romain Dumas, who set the new record in the Open Class last year with a time of 8 minutes and 47.682 seconds, will once again be behind the wheel. With the enhanced power and refined aerodynamics of the SuperTruck, expectations are high that Ford will set another record at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, scheduled for June 23.

Ford's ambitious entry into the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck underscores the automaker's commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology. As the race day approaches, the automotive world will be watching closely to see if Ford can once again make history on one of the most challenging and prestigious racing courses in the world.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR-LMH HYPERCAR HITS THE TRACK

24 Jul 2024
ASTON MARTIN VALKYRIE AMR-LMH HYPERCAR HITS THE TRACK

The new Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH has hit the track for the first time, as Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing begins a comprehensive testing programme ahead of the British ultra-luxury sportscar brand’s bid to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright next year and for the first time since 1959.

The new Hypercar, developed by Aston Martin Performance Technologies and works team The Heart of Racing, completed a shakedown and initial evaluation testing in the UK this week, The car was driven by Aston Martin High Performance development driver Darren Turner (GBR), The Heart of Racing’s Mario Farnbacher (DEU) and Harry Tincknell (GBR), who won the LMGTE class of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin.

Aston Martin with The Heart of Racing will now commence a full development schedule to prepare the car ahead of FIA homologation in the autumn and its competitive debut in early 2025. The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is the first racing car to be built to Hypercar regulations to contest both the FIA World Endurance Championship [WEC] and the US-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship [IMSA] simultaneously.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR-LMH is unique in the top Hypercar class of global endurance motorsport in that it is the only one among its contemporaries to derive its roots from an existing production-based extreme performance car – Aston Martin Valkyrie, the ultimate hypercar. Works team The Heart of Racing will enter two Valkyrie AMR-LMH contenders in WEC and a single car in IMSA in 2025.

Adam Carter, Aston Martin Head of Endurance Motorsport, said: “The Valkyrie AMR-LMH sets its own standard as a thoroughbred endurance competition car. It is a pure, leading edge racing machine, and while it is very early in the testing cycle, from what we have witnessed so far, we are satisfied that it is achieving the targets and criteria we have set out for it to accomplish.”

10 Fastest Cars at This Year's Goodwood Festival of Speed

23 Jul 2024
10 Fastest Cars at This Year's Goodwood Festival of Speed

The last day of the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed was nothing short of spectacular. Over the five-day event, hundreds of vehicles, ranging from turn-of-the-century machines to modern hypercars, took on the iconic 1.16-mile hill climb. This year, the top 10 fastest cars showcased a thrilling mix of vintage Formula One racers and cutting-edge sports cars. Some were veterans of the hill climb, while others made their debut in style. Let's dive into the details of the 10 fastest cars at this year's event.

Nissan Formula E Team ready to take on Season 10 finale in London

19 Jul 2024
Nissan Formula E Team ready to take on Season 10 finale in London

Nissan Formula E Team is set to face the ExCel London Circuit in Rounds 15 and 16 of the 2023/24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the final two races of the campaign. The squad currently sits fifth in the Teams’ Championship, and is still in the battle for third as Season 10 reaches its close.