8th PlaceRich PennoHowell, NJ'95 Ford LightningRich Penno owns the other Gen I Lightning that came to the shootout, and like the rest of the tough trucks there, it also featured a supercharger.
Unlike the rest which had Roots-style blowers, Penno went down the centrifugal path. After punching the Windsor motor 0.030 inch over, he linked up a Novi 2000 huffer and a ProCharger three-core intercooler that puffs in 22 pounds of boost. Unfortunately, Penno had a difficult time getting the truck to hook on the starting line, as he spun hard every run, but the combination he has developed is sure to be a winner when the tires bite. Penno wants to get the truck into the mid-10-second zone using only the blower, but first he'll need to make the suspension work.