Roush claims their 2019 F-150 Nitemare is the fastest production truck in the world.
There are some pretty fast trucks out there--Hennessey has their V8 VelociRaptor with its 758 horses, and there’s always other tuners making their own custom creations, such as this supercharged regular cab F-150 from 5-Star Tuning.
Both of these pickups have more power than Roush’s Nitemare, which boasts 650 hp at the crank, so it might be slightly disingenuous to claim the title of “world’s fastest pickup” as there might be some others out there with even faster acceleration times.
That said, Roush is claiming the title for world’s fastest “production” pickup, so they’re discounting all the custom trucks out there.
In their latest video, Roush takes the 2019 F-150 Nitemare to the Milan Dragway in Michigan to set some zero to sixty times. They bring both a Super Crew and regular cab Nitemare, give them just enough fuel to run the quarter-mile, and then lock the rear differential. Then they wait for the lights to drop and mash the accelerator.
The Super Crew Nitemare managed to race down the track in 4.1 seconds. The regular cab was even faster, getting to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. That’s verging on supercar territory of acceleration.
How does Roush do it? First, and most obviously, is power. Roush gives each Nitemare's 5.0-L Coyote engine a TVS R2650 Supercharger package that bumps power up to 650 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque. Then they wrap each 22-inch wheel in Continental Crosscontact LX20 285/45R22 tires, which are designed for optimal road use.
Finally, they perform this run on a prepared drag strip which greatly improves traction, especially for a big, heavy pickup like the Nitemare.
Unlike most pickups that combine their performance models with off-road upgrades, the Nitemare is designed for the road. Taking off all the skid plates, off-road tires, and side steps can really save you weight and improve performance while still maintaining the essential truck-y-ness of your pickup.
And as you can see here, really help your zero to sixty times.