Quad-Rotor Lightning - 2004 Ford F-150 Lightning

Twin Superchargers Boost this Ford into the 9s

Dan Ward
Jun 1, 2012
Photographers: Brandan Gillogly
Photo 2/7   |   2004 Ford F150 Lightning burnout
Eloquently expressed by Ricky Bobby, "I wanna go fast," is more than just a saying for Ed Martinez of Edmond, Oklahoma. As the President of PSE Superchargers, Ed knows a thing or two about positive displacement blowers. When it came time to get the word out about his company, the decision was made to build a project highlighting some of PSE's unique supercharger possibilities. Ed and his team began to modify the already-supercharged 2004 Lightning platform, and what started out as a little tweak here and there quickly escalated into a one-of-a-kind engine build like you've never seen before.
Rex Hutchison Racing Engines prepped the 5.4L iron block for endless boost, and Ed bolted on aluminum DOHC heads from a Ford GT for maximum airflow. Ed then added a custom intake manifold with twin inlets for two Lysholm superchargers designed for marine applications. With each blower providing 1.6L of displacement, the duo combine for 20 psi of constant boost, which propels the 4,400-pound Lightning down the quarter-mile track at 9.90 seconds at 138.7 mph. BTS supplied a full race-prepped 4R100 transmission that can handle the 960 hp and 870 lb-ft of torque. Other go-fast goodies under the hood include stainless Dynatech long-tube headers, Canton Racing tanks, and a wild, single supercharger belt setup.
Going straight is fun, but Ed also wanted his Ford truck to handle with the best of them. Belltech drop spindles, Hellwig sway bars, and 20-inch VCT chrome wheels with Nitto NT-555 tires help the truck take corners with speed. Wilwood four-piston front and rear brakes slow the Lightning from break-neck speeds, and JLP five-foot torque arms keep the Ford rearend planted during launches.
Corbeau racing seats with five-point racing harnesses from Simpson keep Ed strapped into the cockpit while racing. Adding some good looks to the white canvas and also providing onlookers with a hint of what's to come at the end of the track, Monster Graphics in Edmond, Oklahoma, laid a vinyl checker stripe down the center of the truck.
Photo 6/7   |   With two Lysholm superchargers bolted to a custom manifold designed for marine applications, the 5.4L is boosted to 960 hp.
It's not every day you see a nine-second race truck, but it's also not every day that you pop the hood and see two superchargers mounted atop an engine. Good job, Ed—you and your team created something truly unique.
Inside the Build
Photo 7/7   |   2004 Ford F150 Lightning drag Racing
Year Make Model: 2004 Ford F-150 Lightning
Owner and City/State: Ed Martinez Edmond, Oklahoma

Type: 5.4L iron block
Heads: Ford GT DOHC
Cam: Ford Racing
Induction: Custom twin Lysholm superchargers
Exhaust: Dynatech long-tube headers
Cooling: Aluminum radiator
Fuel System: Fuel cell
Engine Management: Custom tune by PSE
Output: 960 hp and 870 lb-ft
Built by: Rex Hutchison Racing Engines and PSE
Transmission: 4R100 by BTS
Rearend: 3.73 posi

Front suspension: Belltech drop spindles with Hellwig sway bars
Rear suspension: Custom JLP torque arms
Brakes:Wilwood 12-inch rotors with four-piston calipers

Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20-inch VCT Scarface 2
Tires: 275/35ZR20 Nitto NT-555 and 305/35R20 Nitto NT-555R



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