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Ford Unveils F-150 Lightning SuperTruck for 2024 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Ford Performance is set to return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the all-new F-150 Lightning SuperTruck, aiming to build on its success from the 2023 event where the SuperVan 4.2 captured multiple records.

Developed in collaboration with Ford Design and STARD Advanced Research and Development, the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck is designed to excel in the extreme conditions of Pikes Peak. The vehicle boasts advanced aerodynamics, generating 6,000 pounds of downforce at 150 mph, and features optimized electric motors for peak performance.

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“For the 102nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the SuperTruck’s powertrain will consist of three STARD UHP 6-Phase Motors and Ultra-High Performance Li-Polymer NMC cells, generating a 1400-plus horsepower output,” said a Ford spokesperson.

The F-150 Lightning EV demonstrator features a triple-element front wing, headlight ducts, hood ducts and louvers, front dive-planes, side diffusers, rear diffuser, and multi-element rear wing to maximize aerodynamics. It also includes carbon ceramic brakes, Pirelli P-Zero tires on magnesium forged wheels, and a fully custom in-board suspension system.

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Driving the SuperTruck will be Romain Dumas, a veteran of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and current overall record holder, marking his ninth appearance and second with Ford Performance.

“After a successful 2023 climb, I’m thrilled to be behind the wheel again with this team and to help push the limits of what an electric vehicle can achieve on the turns of this legendary course,” said Dumas. ”In testing, the F-150 Lightning SuperTruck has surpassed my expectations, so we are hoping for some good weather to try and do something very special.”

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Ford’s partnership with STARD, which began with SuperVan 4.0, continues with STARD integral in the development and construction of SuperTruck’s powertrain design and controls.

“Our pursuit to the top of the mountain is charged by the commitment to make all our electric vehicles more capable, more advanced, and more exciting,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance.

Ford has a rich history at Pikes Peak, dating back to 1916 when a Model T completed the climb to the 14,115 ft summit. This year, Ford aims to surpass its own 2023 record set by the SuperVan 4.2, which completed the run in 8 minutes 47.682 seconds.

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