First-Gen Ford F-150 Lightning Goes from Stock to 7-Second Drag Demon
Red Hot Factory Truck Goes to Thermonuclear
Here at the Truck Trend Network, we’re approached by a lot of truck owners that ask how they can get their trucks featured on the site or in one of our magazines. A lot of them consist of some side steps, a lift kit, a tonneau cover, and a cold-air intake. Put simply, we politely set most of these aside for our periodic “reader’s rides” section. However, when we got a submission from Ralph Voorhees of New Egypt, New Jersey, it got our attention. First of all, it was a relatively rare first-generation 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning. However, this was no ordinary Lightning. As you can see from the photos and the specs below, hardly anything on this truck has been left stock.
Even before Voorhees purchased the truck, he had the racing bug. He owned several Fox-body Mustangs that he raced, as well as a 1995 F-150 Lightning he’d owned previously. The truck’s history started off innocuously enough with Voorhees purchasing it second-hand as a bone-stock truck. In his own words, he told the seller that he planned on building the world’s fastest Lightning out of it -- an ambitious goal, no doubt. However, with the truck now packing an estimated 2,400 hp from its turbocharged 427ci V-8, it’s running a 7.41 quarter-mile at 188.81 mph. For perspective, the truck ran a 15.7-second quarter at 87 mph when it was stock. Voorhees’ goal is to get close to 7 seconds flat and break the 200-mph barrier.
Of course, at that level of power and speed, some purpose-built hardware was required to keep the truck from self-destructing. The chassis has been updated to a 25.4 tube chassis built by Precision Chassis in Pennsylvania and a built 9-inch rear end with 40-spline axles. To keep the truck from going airborne, 85-inch Pro Mod wheelie bars were installed. 33x16-inch Mickey Thompson drag tires do their best to put the 2,000+ hp to the ground. Holeshot racing wheels give the drag truck some eye-catching style.
Engine modifications are extensive, as you’d expect. The DiSomma racing 427ci Ford small-block features a Scat billet crankshaft, Oliver billet connecting rods, Diamond custom pistons, and a DiSomma racing .827 lift roller turbo camshaft. Helping get those huge quantities of air and fuel in and out are 255 High Port cylinder heads with 1 7/8-inch stainless headers and cross pipe. The massive 106mm Turbonetics ball-bearing turbo feeds into a Precision PT300 air-to-water intercooler. The engine’s massive power channels through a Rossler billet TH210XHD three-speed racing transmission. As far as future plans for the truck, Voorhees plans on registering the truck with QQ (street rod & historic car) plates in New Jersey to drive it on the street once it meets the 25-year-old threshold in 2018. Being the fan of fast trucks that he is, Voorhees also has a 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 he plans on supercharging up to 750 hp. If you’re interested in seeing the Lightning in person, you can check it out at the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey in Point Pleasant when it’s not tearing up the strip.
Watch Voorhees’ drag truck in action in the videos below.