SVT, short for Special Vehicle Team, was Ford’s in-house band of gearheads that made all manner of amazing vehicles from 1993 until they were absorbed into the global Ford Performance entity a few years ago. Driving a car with an SVT badge put others on notice that you were a car nut and could probably blow their doors off. One of the first vehicles SVT developed was actually a truck, the 1993 ninth-generation F-150 to be exact. It was a mean mugging machine with a thumping V8 and tuned suspension.
After a brief hiatus, SVT waved their vehicle dynamics magic wand upon the 1997 tenth-generation F-150, producing the new Lightning until 2004. Adding a supercharger to the Triton V8 cranked output up to 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque by 2001, enough for a 5.2-second sprint to 60 per period Car and Driver testing. SVT-specific suspension dropped the Lighting 0.5” in the front and 2” out back while adding thicker front and rear stabilizer bars. Special 18” alloy wheels measured a meaty 9.5” wide and four-corner disc brakes, adopted from the Super Duty lineup, rounded out the serious performance creds of the second-gen Lighting.