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Ford is finally serving up an electric rival to tackle the off-roading-oriented Rivian R1T. We’ve been waiting for the Ford F-150 Lightning to get some sort of Raptor treatment but it went above and beyond. Check out the beastly Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear. 

What comes with the Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear? 

The Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear jumping through the air
Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear | Ford

The Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear starts with extra power to race from the pavement to the wild. It has a dual-motor all-wheel drive system and a 131-kWh extended-range battery pack that generates 580 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. 

This is the same amount of power that the regular Lightning pumps out, but it has tons of body and suspension enhancements to make it stand out. 

It has double wishbones in the front and a multi-link independent setup in the rear. The multilink setup has coil-over shocks, a stabilizer bar, and custom control arms.

This provides an extra 12 inches of track width, providing 11 inches of travel in the front and 13 in the back. 

Each corner features Fox 3.0 remote reservoir shocks with a six-inch stroke. The front fenders, bedsides, and rear bumper are made of carbon and the integrated roof spoiler provides a unique profile. 

The front and rear bumpers were modified to improve their ground clearance and approach angles. 

Plus, steel rock rails protect the carbon and the undercarriage is protected by skid plates. Limit straps were added to better manage suspension and wheel travel.

The Lightning Switchgear rides on 18-inch RTR Tech Six wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch Nitto Grappler tires. Two spare tires are placed on a chase rack in the bed. 

Other specs and the interior have been kept under wraps. But the cabin features Recaro bucket seats to hold racers in place. 

We should learn more about the Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear soon because it’s being put to the test. It will participate in the grueling King of Hammers competition that starts on January 25. 

Hopefully, we will find information about its pricing and availability soon. But in the meantime, we can’t wait to see it in action as it races across the Moab desert and climbs over rocks.