In an unprecedented move, Ford automakers have taken testing to a new level by giving out prototypes of the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks to workers at high-intensity job sites, to help fine-tune the design of the high-strength aluminum alloy cargo boxes that will be rolling off the production line soon. This was the first time in history Ford truck prototypes have been given out so early – it was 2011 when the prototype vehicles were sent to gold mine workers in Nevada, construction workers at a dam in Pennsylvania, and to workers in Appalachia servicing power lines. This extensive testing of the cargo box is just one more way Ford automakers have taken the testing of the 2015 Ford F-150 to a new level.
Ford automakers kept tabs on the hard use the prototype trucks experienced to make sure that when the 2015 Ford F-150 went into production, it was the toughest truck yet and up to whatever kind of work drivers could throw at it. Denis Kansier, F-150 prototype lead engineer, followed the progress of the prototypes closely. He said “this secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150,” and went on to explain that “for example, we made the cargo box floors thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.” After all, what better way to test a truck than by putting it through the tasks and trials customers will be using it for every day!
When the 2015 Ford F-150 rolls off the lines, it will be as tough as hard-working Ford automakers can make it. But if you can’t wait until the fall for your new truck, don’t worry – the 2014 Ford F-150 had the hard-working Ford team behind it, and you can stop by your Shelbyville Ford dealer today to take one for a test drive. Come over to O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville and find out just how tough Ford trucks already are!