The concept 2004 F-150 SVT Lightning is powered
by a 500-hp supercharged 5.4L V-8. The engine also displays a new Ford
innovation: the SuperCooler system. Traditional intercoolers dissipate heat from
the supercharged air by circulating coolant through a front-mounted, air-cooled
radiator. With the SuperCooler system, the vehicle’s air conditioning system is
used to chill a small storage tank of coolant to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
On demand, the SuperCooler system switches the intercooler flow from its normal
circulation and dumps the chilled coolant into the engine’s intercooler. In
turn, the intercooler dissipates up to 20 percent more heat from the charge air
– resulting in a denser air charge.
A green light on the instrument panel indicates the system’s readiness.
SuperCooler is activated automatically when the driver depresses the accelerator
to a wide-open-throttle position.
“This technology plays directly into the hands of the enthusiast,” says John
Coletti, Director of SVT Programs. “The SuperCooler provides the edge for the
driver, and it is done simply by taking advantage of the hardware that already
exists in the vehicle.”
As a result of this cool technology, the SVT Lighting concept can give its
driver as much as 50 transient horsepower for short bursts of 30-45 seconds and
regenerate within 2 minutes under normal driving conditions. While its effect is
similar to that of an aftermarket nitrous oxide system, the SuperCooler is
completely self-contained, environmentally friendly and regenerative.
The next-generation Lightning is slated for Model Year