In order to illustrate how the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 lives up to the company's "Built Ford Tough" standards, the automaker has released a series of new videos giving a glimpse of the extreme durability tests the full-size pickup endured during development.
The 2015 Ford F-150 was subjected to extreme temperatures from -40 degrees to more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high humidity, river beds, and salt and acidic corrosion baths to test the aluminum body’s durability. Other tests include off-road driving after climbing a steep grade while towing. Robots are also used to simulate the road surface forces on the frame, including up and down, side-to-side, and lengthwise forces. A rock-and-stop test simulates rock crawling, while the twist ditch test simulates off-road driving. Ford also drops 55-gallon metal drums in the bed to make sure the bed is up to the abuse.
The engine is even subjected to thermal shock in one video, which shows it connected to a dynamometer that simulates heavy towing up a steep grade. In addition, the engine room can go from extreme cold to extreme heat in seconds. Even the engine oil and coolant are subjected to extreme temperature changes.
Ford claims that tests are so extreme that five days of testing equal 10 years or 150,000 miles of abuse. Check out the videos below to see how the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup is tested in order to prove it lives up to the automaker’s “Built Ford Tough” standards.