For over four decades now, the Ford F-150 has been America’s top-seller. And the more recent F-150 Lightning electric pickup, which shares the platform with ICE (internal combustion engine) versions and is being sold alongside them, has managed to fill these big shoes so far, becoming the country’s best-selling electric truck. However, now that the 2022 SEMA show is upon us, it’s time to focus on the custom side of the EV pickup.
For 2025, Ford is preparing a second iteration of the electric Lighting, a name that used to be reserved for road-biased performance F-150s before it was “replaced” by the OG Raptor of 2009.
The Gen II F-150 Lighting is on track to receive a dedicated EV platform, but the said shared architecture of the current model has been doubled by its mostly conventional design, helping the workhorse appeal to the mostly traditional clientele of the segment. The generation change will also usher in fresh tech that will allow the F-150 Lighting to overcome its not-insignificant towing limitations, but we digress.
Returning to the “standard truck” styling of the 2023 F-150 Lighting, this has been taken even further by the SEMA-destined creation currently parked on our screens.
Dubbed Ford F-150 Lighting Heritage Edition, a name the Blue Oval itself has used for the already-retro-themed Bronco, this is the creation of Illinois-based truck customization specialist Top Coverage.
We’re looking at a limited transformation, whose aim is to gift the battery-powered pickup with an old-school look on a budget, so perhaps such a package could be offered by Ford dealers. And, according to the said specialist, the build was based off of every redesign for the F150 over the years.
Tthe main elements of the exterior involve the high-polish custom wheels shod in go-anywehre rubber, whose chrome finish is matched by the tubular side steps and door mirrors, as well as the red middle section adorning the predominantly white exterior. In addition, we have custom badging on the tailgate, as well as on the sides of the vehicle.
The Red and White finish can also be found inside the custom leather cabin, even though the former hue becomes dominant here.
The truck is part of the 2022 SEMA’s Pro Cup Challenge
If you’re into this sort of simple transformation, you should know that this isn’t the only one of its kind. In fact, we’re looking at one of the eight participants of the 2022 SEMA’s PRO Cup Challenge.
The idea is to come up with a package whose MSRP sits no higher than $15,000, which involves a maximum of 40 hours to install and has a wholesale cost (to the dealer) of up to $11,000. The competition doesn’t seem to involve an exact replication of the package for the winner, but it does offer participating restylers exposure.
The list also includes another F-150 Lighting, a Mustang Mach-E, a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mohave, a 2022 Toyota RAV4 XLE, a 2022 Cadillac Escalade Sport, 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and a 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 SLE. The winner is voted on at SEMA. And while it’s not clear how much the online votes weigh in the overall competition, you can pick your favorite here.