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Ford SVT F-150 Lightning Earns the Title 'World's Fastest
Production Pickup' According to Guinness World Records(TM)
Mich., Aug. 13 -- In what is sure to be an attention-grabbing
sales hook, the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning has been certified as the
"World's Fastest Production Pickup Truck" by Guinness
World Records, Ltd. after reaching 147 miles per hour at Ford's test
track. Since the truck's introduction in 1999, the supercharged SVT
Lightning has been unofficially called the world's fastest pickup by
numerous media outlets. Now
it's a matter of official record.
"We're proud to have certification from
Guinness World Records," says Tom Scarpello, Ford SVT marketing
and sales manager. "It
is a well-deserved record for the engineering team, and overdue
confirmation to all the SVT F-150 Lightning owners out there who
have known for years that they drive the fastest truck on the
The official record run was conducted at the
Michigan Proving Grounds of Ford Motor Company.
The five-mile-long, high-speed oval provided a safe,
controlled environment to test the limits of the truck's
performance. "This may seem like fun and games, but high-speed
stability is critical for a performance vehicle, even a pickup
truck," says Tom Chapman, Ford SVT chassis systems supervisor
and driver for the record-setting run.
In order to qualify for the record, Guinness
requires the truck to be production level, meaning it must identical
to what a customer can find at his local Ford SVT dealer.
Speeds must be measured over a kilometer, and the record
speed is derived from an average of speeds in both directions.
To meet the vehicle requirements, Ford SVT used a stock 2003
Ford SVT F-150 Lightning. Exterior
modifications were limited to folding in the side mirrors, and
removing the radio antenna.
"Capable of acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.2
seconds, and reaching 147 mph, the SVT Lightning is the dominant
sport pickup in the world," says Scarpello.
"No pickup truck on the market today can come close to
matching those numbers. And,
the SVT Lightning does all this and still can tow a 5,000 pound
trailer and carry 1,300 pounds of payload.
But best of all, this is no concept vehicle -- it's available
right now from your local Ford SVT dealer."