There's no question the 2015 Ford F-150 is one of the most highly anticipated new trucks to come along in recent memory, and that's saying something considering the veritable avalanche of significant new models that have rolled into showrooms over the last year. With a revolutionary new aluminum body reducing weight by several hundred pounds, as well as a new, even smaller EcoBoost V-6 option, the new F-150 is challenging almost every full-size truck convention.

But regardless of the state-of-the-art materials and technology, the bottom line is a truck needs to perform reliably and predictably. To make sure the new truck meets customer expectations, Ford subjects it to some extreme conditions to make sure it holds up to whatever customers might throw at it.

In this video, Ford engineers take a late-stage mule of the 2015 F-150 to Northern Michigan to subject it to some extreme cold-weather testing. At approximately -8 degrees Fahrenheit and plenty of snow on the ground, the conditions are indicative of what the F-150 will face in many regions of the country in winter. For this particular test, the engineers are fine-tuning the handling dynamics on snow, calibrating the traction control to allow for just enough wheel torque for it to drive safely in snowy conditions, without being overly intrusive. Unfortunately, Ken Block did not appear to be part of the testing team, so it's unknown if the new F-150 is Sno Drift ready.