Battle of the F-150s: SVT Lightning takes on Raptor in drag race
Ever wonder who would win in a drag race between a Ford SVT Lightning and a Raptor? Both of these trucks bring their own interpretation of performance to the F-150 nameplate, but we have never seen them go head to head — until now. YouTube user StangMode was out to answer that question in an all new video, and managed to get the two of them together for an interesting dream match.
But before we get into the fun stuff, let’s take a look at the tale of the tape between the two. The SVT Lightning was a gem of a performance truck when it made its appearance in 1999. The second iteration of the Lightning sub-model, this version went all out in its attempts to shock the performance pickup world with SVT engineers adding a number of upgrades to a regular cab F-150. This included a 5.4 liter supercharged V-8 that made 380 horsepower and was mated to a reworked four speed automatic. The Lightning has not returned to the marketplace since it was axed in 2004, but we have included a recent enthusiast rendering of a Lightning reboot below.
Meanwhile, the F-150 Raptor approaches things a bit differently, and is tailored more towards off-road driving. The Raptor uses a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The Raptor does give 1,000 pounds of curb weight to its on-road focused opponent, and the suspension is meant to soak up impacts from jumps, versus being a corner carving ballet dancer on twisty roads.
As for who wins?
We have added the video in question above, but let’s say the winner is younger and has a few more cogs in its transmission.