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Image: 2001 Ford SVT Lightning, the fastest truck in the world (well, was). I bought the SVT several years ago when a Texas Star Party was soon to happen and I needed something to tow the trailer. And that it did.

It didn't take long before I had to monkey with a perfectly good machine and I've detailed that in the Image Gallery/"Modifications" section.





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Guinness World Records, Ltd. certifies the 2003 Ford SVT F-150 Lightning as "World's Fastest Production Pickup Truck."

"Off the showroom floor" Ford SVT F-150 Lightning reached over 147 mph.

DEARBORN, Mich. - August 13, 2003 - Today, the Ford SVT F-150 Lightning was 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 planet!"

"The SVT F-150 Lightning is just as stable and planted at 147 miles per hour as it is at 55 mph; only the scenery's going by faster. That stability is a testament to the solid foundation of the Ford F-150, and the performance engineering found in Ford SVT products

"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."

Yada, Yada, Yada, well since I needed a new car and Lynn wanted me to get a truck, well having owned Choppers and muscle cars over the years made this one seem like a no-brainer. (Except at this point in time, the Dodge SR-10 at $20K extra with a Viper engine, now holds the record at 150 mph). Phooey!!

 

 

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