liter DOHC V8
supercharger w/ intercooler
hp per liter
(from Ford Press
Release) Ford jolts the performance world with a shot of
Adrenalin - the Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin teaser is the world's
first high-performance sport-utility truck (SUT).
Adrenalin showcases Ford's plans to produce in 2007 the first sport
truck offering the combination of uncompromised utility,
four-passenger capability and true performance. Along with the Ford
Shelby Cobra GT500 - which will go on sale in 2006 - Adrenalin will
continue SVT's product momentum that has been growing since the
introduction of the acclaimed Ford GT super car in 2004.
"We're looking to take Ford performance to an entirely new market
segment with the Sport Trac Adrenalin," says Steve Lyons, vice
president, Ford Motor Company and president, Ford Division.
"Adrenalin is designed to offer a unique combination of performance
and functionality never before offered in the 'go-fast' market."
Adrenalin marries the best attributes of two breakthrough Ford
vehicles - Ford SVT F-150 Lightning and Ford Explorer Sport Trac -
to answer enthusiast demands for performance and multi-functional
utility. In addition, it offers class-leading technologies,
including all-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission and
Ford's industry-leading AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™.
"We have a very clear view of what we want to do to retain Ford's
leadership in performance vehicles," says Phil Martens group vice
president, Product Creation. "This includes looking beyond
traditional SVT products for opportunities with unique performance
attributes, such as all-wheel-drive."
With a supercharged, 390-horsepower V-8, the first six-speed
automatic ever featured in an SVT vehicle and an SVT-tuned fully
independent suspension, Adrenalin promises the acceleration, agility
and utility that made the legendary Ford SVT F-150 Lightning the
best-selling, longest-running performance truck ever.
Adrenalin also builds on the multi-functional personality of the
original Explorer Sport Trac, which created the SUT market when it
debuted in 2000. It offers four full-sized doors, four bolstered
bucket seats, and a four-foot composite box with 30 percent more
cargo capacity than the current Explorer Sport Trac.
"New SVT programs will draw heavily on our experiences developing
the Ford GT, as well as from our racing experience," says Martens.
"By bringing SVT into the mainstream of product development, SVT
products like the Adrenalin will benefit from parallel development
with the conventional model plan."
Design builds on the
performance-focused Ford Sport Trac concept
The Sport Trac Adrenalin
follows the Ford Explorer Sport Trac concept, which debuted at the
2005 North American International Auto Show. In fact, the Explorer
Sport Trac concept's "slammed" appearance and large wheels and tires
foreshadowed what SVT had in mind with the high-performance
"We really wanted to draw attention to the increased power of the
Explorer Sport Trac," says Chelsia Lau, Explorer Sport Trac chief
designer. "The result is a truck that's bold, aggressive and speaks
Adrenalin exterior features bold red paint that instantly
communicates its performance mission, while discreet SVT badging on
the wheels will catch the eye of discerning enthusiasts. Stylized
front and rear fascias, an aggressive "black chrome" grille and
grille surround with matching headlamp bezels and SVT signature fog
lamps helped communicate the supercharged performance latent in the
"Evolving the design into the Sport Trac Adrenalin was a natural
progression," says Doug Gaffka, design director, Ford SVT vehicles.
"Adrenalin further explores the high-performance possibilities of
the Sport Trac concept, using the design vocabulary of SVT."
Inside, four comfortable bucket seats feature supportive thigh and
chest bolstering. Unique red leather seat inserts match red leather
interior door trim panels, adding to the Adrenalin's sporting flair.
The instrument panel houses easy-to-read, white-faced instruments,
an SVT design hallmark. A navigation system is also included, a
first for an SVT-badged vehicle.
Power for the track, power to tow
The Sport Trac Adrenalin
delivers searing acceleration with its 4.6-liter, 32-valve DOHC V-8
powertrain. A Roots-type supercharger and water-to-air intercooler
boost output to a whopping 390 horsepower and 390 pounds-feet of
Making the most of the power is a six-speed automatic transmission -
the first for any SVT vehicle. The six-speed automatic has proven
capable of heavy-duty use, contributing to the projected 6000-pound
towing capacities of the Sport Trac Adrenalin.
Adrenalin is hundreds of pounds lighter than other sport trucks
built off full-size pickups. The resulting power-to-weight ratio
ensures impressive acceleration under full throttle, and good fuel
economy during more leisurely driving.
Addressing owners' requests, the new sport utility truck expands the
multi-purpose flexibility current Explorer Sport Trac owners
appreciate. More interior room is provided by stretching the current
Sport Trac exterior dimensions by nearly five inches in length and
two inches in width. More cargo space - 30 percent more, in fact -
is created by the wider bed and taller bed rails, and the addition
of a pair of lockable compartments integrated into the bed.
SVT-tuned independent suspension
offers balanced, agile dynamics
Sport Trac Adrenalin
also features superior driving dynamics. With a 113-inch wheelbase,
and track just over 60 inches, the Adrenalin offers a more compact
footprint than competitors' sport trucks. Combined with a lighter
curb weight, the Adrenalin promises to improve on the nimble,
composed dynamics that made the SVT F-150 Lightning famous in
"Ford SVT has long been renowned for its 'chassis wizards' who
deliver balanced, agile handling, even in the full-size F-150
pickup," says Hau Thai-Tang, director, Advanced Product Creation and
SVT. "Considering its smaller dimensions, lighter weight and
fully-independent suspension, the Sport Trac Adrenalin might rival
the handling of some performance cars."
Adrenalin features short- and long-arm front suspension, and a
trailing-blade independent rear suspension (IRS). SVT-tuned shock
and spring rates, as well as upgraded front and rear stabilizer
bars, are designed to provide more aggressive, more controlled
driving dynamics. The independent rear suspension is tuned for
ultimate control and driver feedback.
Oversized brakes at all four corners help handle the added velocity
made possible by 390 horsepower. Huge, split-five-spoke 21-inch
wheels - wrapped in 295/45R21 tires - allow ample airflow to keep
the big binders cool during rigorous use.
Spacious seating for four,
all-wheel drive and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
Sport Trac Adrenalin
also addresses the requests of SVT Lightning enthusiasts for more
seating and the option of all-wheel drive.
For the best handling and power-to-weight ratio, Lightning pickups
have always been regular-cab, short-bed variants of the F-150,
limiting comfortable seating capacity to two people - or three in a
pinch. In addition, Lightnings have solely been equipped with
rear-wheel drive, making maximum acceleration a balancing act
between full throttle and excessive - if entertaining - wheelspin.
The Adrenalin evolves the fun-to-drive character of the Lightning,
while addressing these requests. It features four full-sized doors,
providing easy access to comfortable seating for four adults. The
drivetrain is designed to accommodate rear-wheel-drive or
all-wheel-drive configurations - another first for an SVT-engineered
"In addition to providing sure footing on slick surfaces, there's a
performance advantage to all-wheel drive," says Jay O'Connell, SVT
chief vehicle engineer. "A longstanding problem with performance
trucks was their inability to 'hook up' from a standing start
without excessive wheelspin. This AWD system puts power down through
all four tires, helping Adrenalin launch with impressive authority."
Driving enthusiasts weaned on rear-wheel drive performance vehicles
need not fear that all the "fun" of rear drive has been dialed out.
The Sport Trac Adrenalin AWD system exhibits a 60/40-torque split
biased to the rear, so as weight is transferred to the back set of
wheels during takeoff, engine torque is delivered right where it's
In addition, the all-wheel-drive system is paired with Ford's
industry-exclusive safety system, AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability
Control™. Combined, these systems provide an added measure of safety
and control during slippery conditions or emergency maneuvers. As
such, the Sport Trac Adrenalin offers safety and protection to match
its impressive performance.