Roush’s supercharged 650 HP Nitemare F-150 Regular Cab 4×4 pickup managed to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds, setting a world record for production trucks.
The claim of “quickest production truck ever produced” was made after the Roush team went through 0-60 mph production vehicle test data published by leading U.S. automotive magazines as of June of this year.
As for what makes the tuned F-150 so formidable in a straight line, that would be its 5.0-liter V8 fitted with a ROUSHcharged TVS R2650 supercharger, cat-back exhaust, optimized ECU and high-flow air filter for a total output is 650 HP (659 PS) and 610 lb-ft (826 Nm) of torque. But that, according to the company, is not all.
“It’s one thing to just add raw power to a vehicle, it’s another to truly engineer it,” said Jack Roush Jr. “With 650 horsepower, the NITEMARE delivers power unlike any other truck while retaining the reliability and refined feel you’d expect from any Roush vehicle.”
Before the record run, two different configurations of the Nitemare F-150 were tested. Both were run on a prepared drag strip in Sport mode with their rear differentials locked (both of which are standard user-selectable settings), a light fuel load, and stock Continental tires, inflated to 32 pounds per square inch.
Initially, the production Nitemare SuperCrew pickup hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in a record-setting 4.1 seconds. Then, an engineering test truck (equivalent to a production Nitemare 4×4 Regular Cab model) broke through the 4 second mark and completed the task in a very supercar-like 3.9 seconds.