Weight-Saving Features on the 2015 Ford F-150
No Area Overlooked in Quest for Lightness
Unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island, you’re probably aware of the 2015 Ford F-150’s aluminum body. The change from steel to aluminum for the body is one of the single biggest contributors to the lightness of the 2015 F-150. However, it’s not the only one. Ford engineers went over nearly every area of the truck to find areas where weight savings could be found. An additional challenge with trucks is not compromising strength in the quest for less weight, so the alternative components had to not only be lighter but as strong or stronger than their conventional equivalents.
Among the areas where significant weight-savings were found include the rear axle (where using strengthened components allowed for the use of a smaller axle with the same load rating), steering knuckles (that weigh half as much as the previous versions), front seats, electronically actuated rear parking brake, and a magnesium transfer case.
These changes are as much for increased capability, as well as improved fuel economy, both of which see significant increases on the 2015 F-150. Check out the infographic in the gallery below for more details on all the areas that were scrutinized and redesigned in the quest to build the light, but strong, 2015 F-150.