TheSketchMonkey is redesigning the popular ’90s truck and Officer Brian O’Conner from The Fast And The Furious would be proud.
Digital artist Marouane Bembli, best known for his TheSketchMoney YouTube Channeluses a new video to unleash his creative forces on the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup. His latest render highlights an opportunity for the Blue Oval’s best-selling truck and pays homage to the original Lightning F-150 SVT performance trucks.
While Bembli’s creation isn’t likely to see the light of day, it’s nice to imagine the possibilities and understand the power of the digital pen.
Taking the F-150 Lightning to the next level
With the original gasoline engine Lightning SVT trucks in mind, Bembli gets to work, giving the EV pickup a completely different shape. The rear doors are removed in favor of a single-cab design. Then it drops the bodywork and adds low profile tires. Final touches include a completely redesigned front apron.
All of this effort adds up to a flawless creation that a casual observer might believe is real. Bembli remarks that its improvements (reduced weight and improved aerodynamics) could help extend the range of a real-world version – selling points if anyone is looking to pitch the idea of a two-door F-150 Lightning EV Ford executives.
Inspiration for effort
Bembli’s idea for a sporty version of Ford’s electric truck comes from the original Lightning SVT mics from the 1990s and 2000s. He thinks the current Lightning lacks personality and lacks the “vibe” of the company’s early performance mics. Viewers see how previous SVT Lightning trucks, especially the second generation, exuded a mean appearance without deviating too much from the body design of the original F-150. Bembli’s artwork credibly demonstrates that an aggressive appearance doesn’t have to inhibit aerodynamics, a key factor when it comes to an electric vehicle.
About the Original Ford F-150 SVT Lightning Trucks
Seeking to dip a toe into the developing arena of performance sport trucks, Ford released the first F150 SVT Lightning for the 1993 model year. Its 5.8-liter V8 produced 240 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque. , a modest 25 horsepower and a 15 lb-ft bump over a regular F-150. Production stopped after 1995.
A Second Generation Lightning SVT hit Ford showrooms in 1999, sporting the sleek body of the tenth-generation F-150. It was the same truck used by Paul Walker’s character in the 1st The fast and the furious film.
Power came from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that significantly boosted output to 360 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque (later increased to 380 ponies). This performance truck lasted through the 2004 model year.