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Why Ford Hid One of Their Coolest Cars

The Ford SVT Lightning is one of the most iconic sport trucks ever; but did you know it almost had a SUV-based sibling? Ford almost built a sport SUV called the Ford Thunder. So why didn’t they? We interviewed the man behind SVT John Coletti to find out why.
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  1. True Smith

    True Smith

    40 mínútum síðan

    Ford: lightning! Tesla: 2.2

  2. Рэй Чехов

    Рэй Чехов

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    За знание перевала Дятлова отдельный респект

  3. lysergicninja


    Degi Síðan síðan

    pineapple and sausage my guy

  4. Jeff Miller

    Jeff Miller

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Sooooooooooooo When are you gonna start building your Thunder?

  5. Tristan Carver

    Tristan Carver

    Degi Síðan síðan

    ANYONE can build one of these things......

  6. Fernando Barajas

    Fernando Barajas

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I think a 93-00 Ranger SVT would have been way cool considering the 302/5.0 fits because the explorer came with one.

  7. S. E. C-R

    S. E. C-R

    2 dögum síðan

    I LOVED my 1995 Thunderbird, it was the most comfortable vehicles I’ve ever owned. I wished they still made a version of the 90’s Bird!

  8. S. E. C-R

    S. E. C-R

    2 dögum síðan

    I really like the styling of the Thunder way better than the regular Expedition, they still should have went forward with it even with two years left, it would have definitely changed the future of SUV’s.

  9. Julio S.

    Julio S.

    2 dögum síðan

    I am. Ford Expedition person, and I knew about it, but nobody from Ford, didnt want to do the Thunder Expedition. And also was a Ford Raptor suv, called the Veloster Expedition... but didnt show up..😔😔😔😔😔

  10. Dave Williams

    Dave Williams

    2 dögum síðan

    1:21 You mean Mondeo. It's a Ford Mondeo Oh and the SVT focus was called a Focus RS in the rest of the world

  11. Ubaldo Albarran

    Ubaldo Albarran

    2 dögum síðan

    Glad you informed us on why it wasn’t built, a lot of the Lightning guys never knew why but we did know that the Svt Thunder Expedition was a thing that never happened. There’s a couple guys that have made their own Thunder with a with a Lightning front end and wheels and even the 02/03 Harley Davidson front end and wheels 💪🏼⚡️ they look pretty sick .

  12. Brent Marshall

    Brent Marshall

    3 dögum síðan

    I saw the prototype thunder back in the day. My dad owned a custom super cab lightning (1 of 10) featured in trucking magazine and fast ford's magazine. Built by full effect in California they also made the prototype for what became the Harley truck with a navigator front end on a F150

  13. yokoshemp


    4 dögum síðan

    I really like SUVs and even owned an Expedition. The Expedition could have used a better motor... without flying spark plugs if you know what I mean. I can't imagine wanting a high performance version. Great workhorse but they are a 6000lb vehicle. Great for snow drift busting but nothing I want going 100mph. Not that I'm afraid of speed I do have a Corvette parked in my garage.

  14. Brandon Lee

    Brandon Lee

    4 dögum síðan

    Pineapple is the SVT of Ford pizza

  15. Justin The technician

    Justin The technician

    4 dögum síðan

    I’d rather have a thunder than a lightning

  16. Thanos Stark

    Thanos Stark

    4 dögum síðan

    I was with you until “berenstain” it was def berenstein lol

  17. Anthony_Rob Lucas_TraderFx

    Anthony_Rob Lucas_TraderFx

    4 dögum síðan

    Definitely one of their coolest in recent times 🔥💯. There might be an economic turmoil but there's no doubt this is still the best time to invest, its time we take full control of our financial independence/freedom. Wealthy people don't make other wealthy people rich, they give wealthy people ideas so that the poor can make them rich. The average "Joe" can be the next millionaire just off trading, learning the markets and its psychology(The hardest thing in trading) with the right mentor but you got to start somewhere. I'm a high six figure earner with just a HS diploma! Get @ me in the comment section if you looking to earn and learn the pros and cons of the financial markets 📈💵.

  18. DC Rebel

    DC Rebel

    5 dögum síðan

    So why don't you just make it yourself you know what parts you need. Make a one of a kind vehicle show the world what ford messed up on.

  19. Emery Cottle

    Emery Cottle

    6 dögum síðan

    Pineapple on pizza is a sin.

  20. Unknown Perso

    Unknown Perso

    6 dögum síðan

    Do y’all wonder what the svt expedition would be today?

  21. Sandje Lee

    Sandje Lee

    7 dögum síðan

    Can you guys do a video on the Merkur XR4Ti??

  22. JSmooVE3990


    7 dögum síðan

    They should definitely do this with the EV truck.

  23. gustoman001


    7 dögum síðan

    Souless money-grubbing executives DO exists, whterher they were involved with the Thunder or not... Let no man forget they are enemies of all mankind

  24. Will Green

    Will Green

    7 dögum síðan

    Thought GMC started the fast truck and suv trend with the Syclone and Typhoon, both I thought that had came out a few years prior to the lightning?

  25. Know 1 knows

    Know 1 knows

    7 dögum síðan

    Deflating balloon emoji!

  26. Jared Drace

    Jared Drace

    8 dögum síðan

    Donut Performance Group AKA Bagel

  27. protec & attac

    protec & attac

    8 dögum síðan

    I don't know why those glamour shots of 90's Ford interiors crack me up so much. lol

  28. Phil Gudet

    Phil Gudet

    8 dögum síðan

    11:36 hehehehe enLIGHTNING

  29. Bladen Rexroth

    Bladen Rexroth

    8 dögum síðan

    Good to know that you can easily make an AWD Lightning or AWD thunder clone. Look out Trackhawk, Durango and SS

  30. HappyGamers


    8 dögum síðan

    Put jalapeños and bacon on that Hawaiian pizza and you'll never order anything again 🤤

  31. Carl Elder

    Carl Elder

    10 dögum síðan

    Build it!...do it!

  32. Southwestern Sports

    Southwestern Sports

    10 dögum síðan

    SVT also stands for supraventricular tachycardia

  33. Elijah Campbell

    Elijah Campbell

    10 dögum síðan

    This whole video is a ploy to make people bootlickers

  34. zach


    12 dögum síðan

    Great episode, found it very enlightening but a little lack thunder 🥲 that's just the way the cookie crumbled.

  35. steve jobs

    steve jobs

    12 dögum síðan

    The thunder always comes before lightning :(

  36. Isaiah Welch

    Isaiah Welch

    12 dögum síðan

    Just saying, I find pineapple pizza to be like opera. I love opera. I hate pineapple pizza. Why? Because no fruit, other than tomatoes, should ever be put onto a pizza. IMHO, there's something quite evil and diabolical about eating fruit pulp, on an otherwise tasty pie. You asked, I answered.

  37. Bigboyexpress


    14 dögum síðan

    So we just not gonna talk about the 454 ss

  38. Grinderminds Inc

    Grinderminds Inc

    15 dögum síðan

    For god's sake, make a thunder already!

  39. Wesley manning

    Wesley manning

    15 dögum síðan

    Would be bad ass if one shows up in 2023 do go up against Dodge

  40. Saul Garcia

    Saul Garcia

    15 dögum síðan

    Dude, loved your perspective of the outcome! Some people can’t think as simple as that, not knowing sometimes simple means smarter. 💯

  41. Jpizzle -

    Jpizzle -

    15 dögum síðan

    soooooooo Donut Performance Group build?

  42. WingIt G

    WingIt G

    16 dögum síðan

    the two door explorer one was the one I wanted 😔. First car 03 explorer sport 4x4 xlt, third car 02 ford explorer sport 2wd.

  43. no name

    no name

    16 dögum síðan

    Honestly lowkey disappointed that the thunder doesn't exist, would have been a cool car to own

  44. PinkFZeppelin


    16 dögum síðan

    Didn't the syclone and typhoon start this segment? Not the lightning like you have suggested.

  45. Jim M

    Jim M

    16 dögum síðan

    Stop saying car when it's clearly a truck or SUV.

  46. Mike Benjamin

    Mike Benjamin

    17 dögum síðan

    I think they didn't build it because think about it. if they did fire this up it wouldn't be long a stupid young dad would have Ben driving his whole family around speeding being crazzy and a wreck happens wipes a whole family out.yep if I was the so called suits I wouldn't let it happen either just saying.

  47. Andrew Birt

    Andrew Birt

    17 dögum síðan

    Build it Please!!!

  48. Alan Cardenas

    Alan Cardenas

    17 dögum síðan

    Please build one

  49. donkyuhbuhts540


    17 dögum síðan

    Build an oem + thunder!

  50. COBE 1984

    COBE 1984

    17 dögum síðan

    What about the Ford SHO

  51. David Hereaux

    David Hereaux

    17 dögum síðan

    I liked the SVO name better.

  52. James Hernandez

    James Hernandez

    17 dögum síðan

    Hawaiian pizza is 🔥🔥🔥

  53. Ryan E

    Ryan E

    18 dögum síðan

    Donut performance group first car... dpg thunder suv

  54. Son of Aurora

    Son of Aurora

    18 dögum síðan

    I stopped watching at pineapple and ham🚮

  55. Efrem Williams

    Efrem Williams

    19 dögum síðan

    Would be super easy to build

  56. Mark McGowan

    Mark McGowan

    19 dögum síðan

    Look up the F6X from Ford Australia

  57. 96 KICKS

    96 KICKS

    19 dögum síðan

    So we’re going to act like the 454ss wasn’t out before the Ford lightning? Sounds like Ford was imitating GM

  58. uvphysical


    19 dögum síðan

    SVT FOCUS!!!!!

  59. 350Z 4life

    350Z 4life

    20 dögum síðan

    Someones gotta build one of these. It can't be very hard to do it.

  60. Warren D

    Warren D

    20 dögum síðan

    DPG shirts incoming?

  61. Johnnie V

    Johnnie V

    20 dögum síðan

    Ford had a 69 bronco a one off boss 302

  62. Chad swanson

    Chad swanson

    20 dögum síðan

    Would have made it all that much more desirable. How many years did Ford build a mid engine sports car?

  63. Brandon Willis

    Brandon Willis

    20 dögum síðan

    Ford should compete with the hellcat with a gt500 powered rwd car or a high powered twin turbo v6 for the explorer or Taurus awd. Lincoln should consider a gt500 lux powerhouse coupe like a mark 9 with front opening doors like the RR wraith. I dunno just throwing crap into the air like a mad 🐵.

  64. Rick Foley

    Rick Foley

    20 dögum síðan

    "Anyone can build one." But, no one can build THE one!

  65. muscle vs tuners568

    muscle vs tuners568

    20 dögum síðan

    Honestly this would of been a perfect match up to the trailblazer SS ! Too bad it didn't make it to production.

  66. Russell Melton

    Russell Melton

    20 dögum síðan

    I remember seeing one of these Ford Thunder in Vegas, around the years 2000. It was the only one I ever seen. It used to be parked out in front of one of the old Ford dealerships (still around, just moved, Gaudin Ford) for a while. Very cool at the time. But now I know why I never seen another one.

  67. Jesse Hernandez

    Jesse Hernandez

    20 dögum síðan

    Soooooo has anyone built their own yet? That the real question

  68. RIXEY


    20 dögum síðan

    My grandma and grandpa have a blue and grey lightning that are supercharged if I remember correctly my grandpa used to drag race

  69. xxx tourlife

    xxx tourlife

    20 dögum síðan

    he had me sold at spinny bois when he was talking about donut performance group.

  70. Robert Cavaliere

    Robert Cavaliere

    20 dögum síðan

    GMC Cyclone And Hurricane is where its at.



    20 dögum síðan

    I wished they made the Thunder Expedition and I love Hawaii Pizza

  72. Derek Bennett

    Derek Bennett

    20 dögum síðan

    Crazy, I had a 2002 expedition with a lightning front end. I put it on there though

  73. bisket2003


    20 dögum síðan

    but where did that ONE go? They scrap it???

  74. Maine Williams

    Maine Williams

    20 dögum síðan

    Not that big of a car person but SVT back then for Ford is like SRT for Dodge right now basically??

  75. cruzanator4370 boss

    cruzanator4370 boss

    20 dögum síðan

    I think they made a svt ranger too

  76. upt 7900

    upt 7900

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Yeah, I think that you should build that thunder and show him the finished product. The thunder has to happen now...

  77. roy lasinger

    roy lasinger

    21 degi síðan síðan

    most annoying background music

  78. Ada Zeb

    Ada Zeb

    21 degi síðan síðan


  79. Zach Jones

    Zach Jones

    21 degi síðan síðan

    I always thought it was pretty weird that SVT made a version of the contour, cobra, lightning, and even played around with the thunderbird. But NEVER considered making a Ford Probe GT SVT!!!! Like come on that would have been so sick. I was waiting for him to talk about it at the end. Why did this never happen!

  80. trucking shenanigans

    trucking shenanigans

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Ummm the Lightning wasn't the one that inspired "fast trucks". That would be the Dodge Dakota V8 FIRST & the Chevrolet 454SS SECOND....the Lightning was Ford's mid 90s answer to those trucks, Ford trucks were embarrassingly slow as hell. 203hp MAX for the 351W lol

  81. Guillaume Gaudreault

    Guillaume Gaudreault

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Yup! Turns out big corporation are full of enthusiastic people really exited to put out cool stuff! Even the high level executives lol

  82. Nathan T

    Nathan T

    21 degi síðan síðan

    *Are we just going to ignore the SVT Ranger?*

  83. Steven Bissiri

    Steven Bissiri

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Syclone for the win.

  84. Thabang Mogase

    Thabang Mogase

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Hawaiian Pizza is awesome

  85. S M

    S M

    21 degi síðan síðan

    John Colleti was the man!

  86. jose martinez

    jose martinez

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Good video, do you have video on SVOs?

  87. Me Myself and I

    Me Myself and I

    21 degi síðan síðan

    Ahh yes my favorite 440 lb-ft grocery getter 👀

  88. Benevolent Protector

    Benevolent Protector

    22 dögum síðan

    I went to the Ford dealership and test drove a 1998 Cobra Mustang, thru an industrial part in Fremont and scared the heck out of the salesman. I told him I was unhappy with the suspension and the shifter felt like crap ..to which he replied, have you seen the Saleen Mustang. Back out again banging freeway offramps and such ..scared him some more but I bought the car, a black convertible. Precise handling and shifting w/close ratio gearbox ..braking sucked so I upgraded to Saleen's 13" six piston competition brake package. Ford does have a better Idea...

  89. 1283Stevo


    22 dögum síðan

    Love Hawaiian pizza.

  90. Captain420Malone


    22 dögum síðan

    Loved those early 2000s expeditions over the explorer. Thunders is super cool , I’m sure someone’s gonna make one now. I like the stock bumper better on it though

  91. Xavier Mccree

    Xavier Mccree

    22 dögum síðan

    Let’s make one a new body lol run with new Dodges

  92. dot


    22 dögum síðan

    3:44 "Just look at Mazda or Hyundai." Captions: Just look at Mazda or Honda

  93. Sjon Jones

    Sjon Jones

    22 dögum síðan

    The Engineer did say take the engine from a Lightning and slap it on the Expedition frame. AND you did say you wanted to build your own performance vehicle... make it happen!

  94. Spectacular Spaghetti

    Spectacular Spaghetti

    22 dögum síðan

    Next season on Money Pit they should build a regular Expedition into one of those Thunders, special car, and great content!

  95. Fljeff7


    22 dögum síðan

    ham pineapple and bacon is how you make Hawaiian pizza

  96. Fljeff7


    22 dögum síðan

    The 454 SS was a few years before ford lighting

  97. ken mcdougal

    ken mcdougal

    23 dögum síðan

    You need to do an hour long video on the police mustang 😍

  98. ken mcdougal

    ken mcdougal

    23 dögum síðan

    I always had a hard on for an ssp mustang. I drove one back in the early 90s But I never owned one 😩