F-150 Lightning Goes Off-Road with Switchgear Demonstrator

Designed and built in collaboration with RTR Vehicles and inspired by the F-150 RTR Ultimate Fun-Haver project vehicle from 2016.

It’s electric and features 37-inch tires, the F-150 Lightning Switchgear from Ford Performance is a high performance on- and off-road demonstrator vehicle based on America’s best-selling electric truck.1

Designed and built in collaboration with RTR Vehicles and inspired by the F-150 RTR Ultimate Fun-Haver project vehicle from 2016, we designed F-150 Lightning Switchgear’s custom exterior carbon bodywork with a Ford Performance 2024 livery and underpinned it with off-road upgrades to take F-150 Lightning where it’s never been.

It’s the latest in our Ford Performance Demonstrator program – joining SuperVan 4.0 and 4.2, the Mustang Mach-E 1400, Mustang CobraJet 1400 and the F-100 Eluminator – that showcases the possibilities of what an electric vehicle can be and provides a playground for engineers to advance learnings quickly for future electric vehicles.

Switchgear specifically provides a testbed for pushing the boundaries of what’s expected from electric trucks.

It has a significant increase in track width beyond F-150 Lightning for off-road stability, and improved ground clearance and suspension travel. To manage rough terrain, the suspension on F-150 Lightning Switchgear – named not just for its off-road capability, but its performance on asphalt (more on that later) – uses FOX 3-inch diameter internal bypass shock absorbers plus unique front and rear bumpers to improve approach and departure angles.

The truck features custom independent double-wishbone suspension at the front, and multilink independent suspension at the rear with coil-over shocks, stabilizer bar and custom control arms.

Switchgear also has carbon composite front fenders, bed sides and rear bumper cover. Steel fabricated rock rails and front skid plate are added to ensure the vehicle is prepared for rough off-road terrain. Limit straps are added to help manage suspension and wheel travel.

The electric truck wears NITTO Ridge Grappler 37×12.5R18 tires and features a unique chase rack with two spare wheels/tires.

F-150 Lightning Switchgear can be seen by the public for the first time at the grueling King of the Hammers off-road racing event starting Jan. 25 in Johnson Valley, California.

1 Based on CY 2023 industry-reported U.S. sales.

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