Ford F-150 Lightning Is So Fast That It Can Smoke The Raptor – And Its Own Brakes

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ford f 150 lightning is so fast that it can smoke the raptor and its own brakes

Electric vehicles can be incredibly fast and that applies to just about every body style, including trucks. Ford says that its top-of-the-line, 580 hp and 775 lb-ft (1,050 Nm) F-150 Lightning Platinum has a manufacturer projected 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time in the mid-4-second range which is pretty quick.

Now that it’s been independently tested, it turns out that it’s actually even faster than that – and that it might need better brakes.

Car and Driver got its hands on a brand new 2022 F-150 Lightning Platinum and found that from a dead stop it’ll do the 0-60 (96km/h) dance in 4.0 seconds flat. That’s no small feat and it immediately puts the Lightning at the very top of the Ford food chain with regard to acceleration, making it also faster than any other F-150 model, including the 450 hp Raptor (5.8 seconds as tested by Edmunds).

The Mustang Mach-E GT can’t beat it and as C&D points out, “a Mustang Mach 1 would have to be exceptionally well driven to open up the narrowest of gaps in the quarter.” Of course, it’s still not the fastest truck on the market but it’s closer than the data might make it seem

Ford F 150 Lightning Customer Ride and Drive event 15

The RAM TRX can go from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds and the Rivian R1T is even faster with a time of 3.3 seconds. Still, it’s interesting to note that during its testing, C&D found that the Lightning was 0.1 seconds faster from 30-50 mph (48-80 km/h). Going from 50-70 mph (80-112 km/h) saw it lag behind the R1T by just 0.1 seconds.

Unfortunately, not everything came up aces for the Lightning. During a pretty hardcore braking test, it was found that the Ford was struggling to keep its brakes cool. The truck was stopped from 70 mph (113 km/h) six times in a row, and only halfway through there were issues.

“After the third one a warning light came on to indicate the brakes were overheating, along with significant fade and smoke, to the point that the truck couldn’t keep ABS engaged on the later stops.” By no means is this the first time we’ve heard of a heavy EV struggling with braking performance but it’ll be interesting to see if other owners report similar issues in the future.

F 150 Lightning Platinum on road 02

Source: carscoops

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