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Ford’s 1,600bhp+ F-150 Lightning SuperTruck stops on track, still wins Pikes Peak

Wildly bewinged pickup suffers a ‘technical issue’ mid-run but still manages to claim the King of the Mountain title

Published: 24 Jun 2024

Romain Dumas was crowned King of the Mountain at the 102nd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend, with the Frenchman recording a time of 8m 53.553s in the Ford Performance F-150 Lightning SuperTruck.

As you might have noticed, this ain’t no ordinary F-150 Lightning. There’s the small matter of that rear wing for starters, and the fact it’s making north of 1,600bhp.

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Things didn’t all go to plan for Dumas and the Ford Performance team on race day, though. After just a few corners the all-electric SuperTruck came to a complete stop and Dumas lost 26 seconds as he performed a full reset. That old IT department trick brought the F-150 back to life and Dumas drove like a man possessed (or like a man who holds the outright Pikes Peak record) to secure top spot on the podium.

“Everything about this event is a challenge because it is unlike any other form of racing,” said Dumas. “You only have one shot. We faced a challenge early on but that only gave me more determination to make up the lost time in the rest of the run.”

Dumas was the only driver to record a time under the nine-minute mark this year, but the stoppage did mean that he wasn’t able to beat his time of 8m 47.682s in the SuperVan last year. He did however set a new qualifying record for the Open Class with a time of 3m 32.831s.

Oh, and apparently this isn’t the end for the SuperTruck. It’ll reappear elsewhere in the world soon and will no doubt break a few commercial vehicle speed records along the way.

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