We learned last year that Ford officially abandoned the F-150 Lightning in 2004 when the truck got too big. That didn't stop one dealer in Georgia from making its own version, though. is selling new 650-hp supercharged F-150s with looks that ape the original Lightning for just $50,000.
The dealer has only built two Lightning tributes so far, but considering has gone viral, they've already got more orders. Amazingly, this truck comes with a full Ford warranty, since it uses a Roush supercharger and Pioneer Ford is an authorized installer. It qualifies for Ford factory rebates too.
Pioneer is offering its Lightning tribute only in two-door short-wheelbase form, and it comes with side-pipes and five-spoke wheels, just like the model built from 1999-2004. The Lightning tribute also gets lowered suspension, and Pioneer plans on building more examples based on the new 2018 F-150, which comes with a 10-speed automatic.
Pioneer Ford general manager Robby Winiarczyk told us that the 1999-2004 lightning was his "dream truck," and he decided to build a modern tribute just for fun. That truck, the red example shown below, sold within two days.
Winiarczyk plans to offer an updated version with a more modern infotainment system, as Ford only sells the two-door F-150 with a basic radio. He's sticking with regular-cab models only for now, since a crew- or extended-cab wasn't offered with the original lightning.
This is both a loving tribute to one of Ford's greatest creations, and proof that lots of people want a new Lightning. The next two examples Pioneer plans on building are already sold, and you can bet more orders will come in soon.