Borgman Ford Commercial has been keeping a keen eye on the upcoming 2017 Ford Super Duty, and as more is revealed, the more impressed we become. When the New Super Duty finally arrives in late 2016, it’s sure to be one of the smartest and toughest additions to any fleet.
In this latest article published on the Ford Media Center, Ford engineers were tasked with testing the New Super Duty’s ability to accept aftermarket upfits, and thanks to innovative features like the new fully-boxed frame, it still proves Ford Tough even when overloaded.
Here are some excerpts from the article:
From virtual torture testing in supercomputers to purpose-built potholes, Ford has tough tested the all-new Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – to make sure it’s ready for popular aftermarket cargo box equipment that ranges from glass racks to salt spreaders.
For the first time, the Super Duty body uses high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy, which is more dent- and ding-resistant than the outgoing steel cargo box and not subject to red rust corrosion. The backbone of Super Duty is an all-new, fully boxed frame composed of more than 95 percent high-strength steel that is up to 24 times stiffer than the previous frame.
“Ford Super Duty customers depend on their trucks to work hard every day across a variety of jobs,” said Kirk Leonard, vehicle integration engineer for Ford. “We drove prototype vehicles over the durability roads of the Ford Proving Grounds fitted with common aftermarket accessories to test the fitment and capability of our toughest pickup box ever.“
Throughout the evaluations on extreme durability roads and off-road terrain, and even after overloading select equipment, the new box design stood up to the abuse, run after run. Upon completing the challenge, the vehicles were examined in the lab by the team. No concerns were found in either the supporting structure or the mounting surfaces.
You can read the rest of this article on The Ford Media Center, or click the video thumbnail above to see footage of the Super Duty running through the Ford Proving Grounds test track.
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