It’s no secret that the 2015 Ford F-150 has been in testing for awhile. We found out that an all-aluminum 2014 Ford F-150 was entered into the Baja 1000 off-road race, so that is no longer a secret. But are there still secrets Ford has been keeping from us? The answer is yes!
Ford is quickly becoming the master of disguise when it comes to testing new vehicles and they were able to pull off quite the feat with the all-aluminum F-150. What are we talking about exactly? Well, it seems that Ford has been testing the all-aluminum body for much longer than we thought.
Back in 2011, Ford built six F-150’s of the then-current F-150 generation and used aluminum for the cargo box, which is undoubtedly the most used and abused part of the truck. They sent these six trucks off to three companies across the country to be used. The catch? Those three companies had no idea that they were receiving trucks with aluminum cargo boxes.
Denis Kansier, the F-150 prototype lead engineer explained the reasoning for this. “This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150. For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”
Do you think secret public testing of the all-aluminum F-150 was a risky move? Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we would love to hear your opinions!