This is a copy of the letter written to all Ford Motor Company
employees released on Thursday of this week:
Ford Motor Company has scrapped plans for the 2006 SVT F-150
Lightning pickup truck. First shown at the 2003 North American
International Auto Show, the Lightning concept had 500 horsepower
and was powered by the same V8 as in the Ford GT super car. Ford
is focusing its attention to the SVT Mustang instead. We've needed
to concentrate most of our resources to the  Cobra, says Allan
Hall, SVT communications manager. SVT is a small group with a small budget.
The next-generation programs are more complex than
anything we've ever done and more differentiated. It was a
necessary move. Special Vehicles Team (SVT) is a factory
performance offshoot of Ford. The first-generation Lightning came
out in 1993 with a 240-hp V8 and was put on hold in 1995.
It returned in 1999 as a 360-hp tarmac burner and remained
largely unchanged until 2004. While Ford of Canada will not confirm
or deny reports regarding future products, Mr. Hall says it is possible
the Lightning could re-emerge in 2008 or later.