Yesterday, a next-generation Ford F-150 SVT Raptor prototype was caught testing on public desert roads. For many, the Raptor represents the pinnacle of modern factory pickup truck performance, both on the road and off it. However, we should recall a time when Ford had a performance truck designed for the pavement, with such features as an upgraded suspension, a lowered ride height, and a supercharged V8 pushing 360 horsepower. Of course, we’re talking about the F-150 SVT Lightning, which has been discontinued (2014 F-150 Tremor excepted) for ten years. However, there’s evidence to suggest a comeback.
Based on an April 7, 2014 filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Ford Motor Company has re-applied for a trademark for the word “Lightning” for the purpose of using the name for “Motor vehicles, namely, trucks.” Not for scale models. Not for T-shirts. But for a truck, a new truck. So, for those of you eyeing a return of a performance truck icon, stay on the lookout, and remember that Motrolix told you first.