PONTIAC, Mich.– “Is this the very same vehicle that Biden drove?” I ask Ford’s speaker standing trackside.
” Yes, it is,” he claims back with a chuckle.
My flight companion, Autoblog Environment-friendly Elderly Editor John Beltz Snyder, discovered previously in the day that the numbering on this model Ford F-150 Lightning matched that seen on the vehicle Head of state Biden drove at Ford’s shut examination track this year. Our condition of not being the head of state of the United States indicated that we were guided to the guest doors for this Lightning experience.
That’s OKAY. We’ll have our chance at the motorist’s seat quickly sufficient, however today was our very first time riding in the Lightning, as well as it occurred to be at a racetrack, particularly an area of the M1 Rout, house of the Electric motor Bella automobile program.
We can not claim much regarding just how the independent back suspension flights over harsh surface areas, however we can certainly accept Biden’s remark, “This fool’s fast.” Our motorist, Ford Truck automobile design supervisor Dapo Adewusi, floored it from a quit, as well as the thrill of electrical torque stuck us to the seat backs right now. It’s not the sort of velocity that’ll blow your mind (as some electrical cars can), however the speedometer climbs up means much faster than you would certainly get out of a full-size pick-up.
The large torque has remaining power, also– Ford ranks the extensive variety (the variation we rode in) Lightning at 563 horse power as well as 775 pound-feet of torque overall from its 2 electrical motors. Stable, tough velocity remained to simply over 70 miles per hour, however it appeared to hand over a little bit over freeway rates. We struck 82 miles per hour on the straightaway at M1 Rout, however Adewusi really did not remain in the throttle to the extremely last 2nd, so there’s no chance of understanding what the vehicle seems like over 80 miles per hour.
We had the ability to obtain a respectable feeling for the Lightning’s managing with a variety of sweepers as well as a number of tighter edges, also. Off the bat, it’s clear the Lightning as well as its hefty flooring of batteries is absolutely nothing like gas-powered full-size pick-ups with edges. The reduced center of mass maintains the Lightning from really feeling exceedingly top-heavy or tippy, also when you’re pushing the rubber’s restrictions of attachment. You can get in edges at better rate with much more self-confidence in the framework than in a gas F-150, as well as it really feels sensibly well balanced once you remain in the edge. It deals with rather well, as well as while proprietors will certainly never ever take their F-150 Lightnings to the race course (future Lightning proprietors, please show us incorrect), we enjoy to report that it does not all be up to items around.
All that seems instead stylish, however do not believe Ford constructed some sort of race vehicle for the roadway. When you develop up to greater Gs– Ford’s seats are not boosted to endure this vehicle’s side grasp, there’s still plenty of lean/roll. The security control as well as grip control were a little bit invasive sometimes, particularly in tighter edges. We obtained the sensation that the Lightning’s handling would certainly gain from some technique torque vectoring to better put down the 775 pound-feet of torque as you lean on the throttle with as well as out of edges. Would certainly that be totally unneeded? Certain, however us also considering such a concept is proof sufficient that the Lightning is a remarkably stylish pick-up.
What else was shocking, you ask? For one, the Lightning model rarely made any type of sound in all. We’re not exactly sure if Ford intend on design in some “electrical” sounds for manufacturing– probably something comparable to the Mustang Mach-E’s spacey propulsion audio– however it might aid on the dramatization as well as movie theater side of points. This vehicle fasts, so allowing individuals audibly understand it’s headed in their instructions seems a good idea to us, as well as we would certainly be amazed if Ford isn’t means in advance of us on this set.
— John Snyder (@jbeltzsnyder).
September 21, 2021
And also last but not least, despite the fact that the Lightning’s velocity is completely unlike that of any type of various other full-size pick-up, there’s still a feeling of normality to the entire experience. Any Type Of F-150 proprietor might jump right into the Lightning as well as promptly feel comfortable. You’re watching out over the very same hood, looking at extremely comparable switchgear as well as displays, plus, you’re managing the very same dimension of automobile. Its pin-you-back velocity as well as decent track good manners are simply treat.
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