blank 10/01/14 09:24AM Nissan Frontier, Pickup Trucks, Toyota Tacoma

2015 Nissan Frontier & 2015 Toyota Tacoma Research

San Antonio drivers experience utility with 2015 Nissan Frontier, 2015 Toyota Tacoma research page

Ingram Park Nissan creates vehicle comparison research between two capable pickup trucks

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- When it comes to the pickup truck segment, drivers are incredibly attached to their favorite brands and vehicle models. However, Ingram Park Nissan recognizes there are those who need more information in conjunction with their automotive preferences in order to make an educated car buying decision.

Recently, the San Antonio Nissan dealer released a vehicle comparison research page on its website detailing the performance differences between the 2015 Nissan Frontier vs 2015 Toyota Tacoma. Its findings demonstrate very similar performance capabilities, but two distinct price points.

The 2015 Toyota Tacoma can generate 236 horsepower while also offering an estimated 24 mpg highway fuel economy. Its truck bed delivers 31.8 cubic feet of space for the driver's tools and belongings, and its starting MSRP is $22,875. While not at the highest end of the price spectrum, the truck is a pricier option than its Nissan counterpart.

The 2015 Nissan Frontier starts with an MSRP of $17,990. With that price drivers are able to experience the vehicle's estimated 23 mpg highway fuel economy and 261-horsepower performance. With a truck bed offering 33.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, the Frontier is also slightly more spacious for truly versatile travel.

Overall, drivers get a more well-rounded performance from the 2015 Nissan Frontier. For more details on the vehicle's offerings, drivers can visit Ingram Park Nissan at www.ingramparknissan.com. Drivers can also contact the dealership by phone at 855-881-2859.


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blank 09/30/14 11:27AM Ford F-450, Pickup Truck, Readers Pics, Work Truck

Ford Gears Up to Celebrate Production of 5-Millionth F-Series Super Duty

2015 F-450 Super Duty Pickup
2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup


*5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty will roll off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant in October, marking a major milestone for the best-selling heavy-duty pickup truck and chassis lineup
*Ford-designed, Ford-built second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel delivers best-in-class 440 horsepower and best-in-class standard diesel torque of 860 lb.-ft.; F-450 pickup boasts best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds
*Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with a market share of 44 percent over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining
MORE: 2015 Super Duty Product Page

Ford, America’s truck leader, celebrates production of the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty next month.

For 15 years, Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks and chassis cabs – from F-250 to F-550 – have rolled off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant and into the hands of hardworking customers.

“Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.”   

Power and efficiency

Truck customers demand maximum horsepower and torque to get the work done, but it’s also important the powertrain be as efficient as possible to help keep operating costs low.

In 1999, the largest gasoline engine in the original Super Duty – the Triton 6.8-liter V10 – produced 275 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 7.3-liter diesel engine produced 235 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.

Today, Super Duty’s 6.2-liter gasoline V8 delivers 385 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel supplies 440 horsepower and 860 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are more fuel-efficient than the 1999 powertrains.

Both of today’s engines deliver power through the efficient TorqShift® six-speed SelectShift® Automatic transmission, while the transmission offerings in the 1999 Super Duty trucks were a four-speed automatic and six-speed manual – the latter available only with the diesel.

Today’s TorqShift transmission offers live drive power takeoff, or PTO, to power auxiliary equipment such as snowplows, aerial lifts, tow truck lifts, cement mixers and dump trucks.

Super Duty trucks are known for their capability. For the 1999 F-350 Super Duty pickup, the maximum tow capacity rating was 14,600 pounds. Now, the 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup leads the way with a best-in-class standard tow rating of 31,200 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard. That’s 1,200 pounds more than the nearest competing crew cab 4x4 heavy-duty pickup.

With its new tow rating, the 2015 F-450 ups its already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – beating its nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds.

We own work

Ford F-Series Super Duty is the No. 1 heavy-duty pickup truck, with 44 percent market share over the past year, according to IHS Automotive Polk data, and the first choice of tradespeople in the hardest-working industries* – from emergency vehicles to construction to mining.

Super Duty is the market leader in a variety of fields, including:

  • 72 percent of metal mining workers
  • 70 percent of law enforcement agencies
  • 54 percent of highway maintenance workers

*Percentage based on IHS Automotive Polk U.S. heavy-duty pickup and class 2-5 pickup truck combined new registrations (January 2013 to May 2014 year-to-date) within emergency vehicles, mining/quarrying, construction, petroleum, metal, mining, moving/storage, petroleum refining and related industries, electric gas and sanitary services, justice, public order and safety, heavy construction except building, forestry/lumber products, manufacturing, agriculture/farm, auto repair services and parking/rental, road/highway maintenance, specialized/heavy hauling, landscaping and horticulture, wrecking and demolition, agriculture...

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All-New Ford F-150 Offers Added Protection Against Fading, Damage and Glare from the Sun

All-New Ford F-150 Offers Added Protection Against Fading, Damage and Glare from the Sun
  • Ford specially developed parts and extensively tested the 2015 Ford F-150 to ensure the truck resists fading and damage from harsh sunlight
  • F-150 interior designed with brims and brows to minimize glare and shield gauges in the instrument panel while adding lighting for easier viewing of recessed areas
  • Advanced computer modeling and testing in Ford labs helped ensure sunlight reflecting off interior surfaces of the vehicle will not wash out gauge and screen display

When the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has its day in the sun, it will be better prepared than ever for damaging rays both inside and out.

Much of the glare and fade testing was performed in the company’s Central Lab – where Ford engineers focus on making individual parts stronger and more durable. A device known as a Thermatron simulates damaging UV sunrays, and can be used over long periods of time on prototype parts to help identify the best design for production.

Antiglare testing took place in the Visual Performance Evaluation Lab, also known as the Ford lighting lab. The facility can replicate almost any sunlight conditions from dawn to dusk, as well as changes to natural light caused by weather conditions.

“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, materials engineer in the Central Lab. “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”

Even the F-150 badge is tough-tested for exposure. Both the iconic Blue Oval and F-150 badges endured 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions – the equivalent of five years. The three-piece badge was exposed to temperatures as cold as 40 degrees below Celsius followed by blasts of 100-degree Celsius steam to help ensure chrome plating adheres so individual pieces of the badge won’t warp or crack.

In Ford Central Lab facilities in Florida – also home to NASA test facilities – engineers place individual exterior and interior parts on outside racks for six months at a time to look for fading and other signs of degradation. The parts are examined under a special xenon light to reveal damage invisible to the human eye. Parts are approved for production only when they meet rigorous fade-resistance standards.

Direct sunlight does more than fade vehicle parts over time – it can also make it hard to see information displayed on gauges and screens used for navigation and entertainment systems. Ford engineers used advanced computer-aided design software to identify the least reflective materials to use, and incorporated shaded gauges on the instrument panel of the all-new truck designed to minimize glare.

In some cases, gauges and instruments shaded from glare are enhanced with supplemental lighting throughout the Ford F-150 interior to make them readable in their recessed positions.

Indirect glare from general daylight brightness can wash out navigation and entertainment screen displays, too. Engineers tested various colors for the new F-150, ultimately choosing those that are easy to see under bright conditions.

“By reducing indirect glare, the driver should practically never see a sun spot in the center screen or instrument cluster,” said Cary Diehl, Ford human factors engineer. “In addition to testing gauges and screens under these conditions, we looked at the amount of light given off by LEDs in window and steering wheel control switches to ensure they would not be distracting to the driver when lit.”

During antiglare evaluations in the Ford lighting lab, which boasts 6,000 watts of light and a planetarium-like dome, Ford tested prototype F-150s under a variety of simulated lighting conditions.

Because many F-150 customers use their trucks for work at job sites, they don’t have the time or the patience to deal with hard-to-read gauges or controls inside the truck.

“Our work in the lighting lab ensures that despite almost any weather outside, customers will find it easy to read controls inside the truck today and years down the road,” said Mahendra Dassanayake, Ford lighting technical specialist.

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1925 Reo Fire Truck

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blank 09/05/14 09:31AM Business Class Trucks, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Heavy Duty Truck

Detroit Celebrates 75 Years of Tradition and Innovation

This year marks 75 years of operation for Detroit Diesel Corporation and its advancement of fuel efficiency, sustainability and superior engine performance for the heavy duty truck market. Starting with the production of the first Detroit engine in March 1938, the Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary has a long history of innovative powertrain solutions, which today includes the Detroit family of heavy-duty engines, transmissions and axles.

 

“The Detroit brand was built on strength, quality and tradition,” Brad Williamson, Manager, Engine and Component Marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “For the past 75 years, the company has consistently met the demands of our customers and the industry by pioneering new products and technological advances. That commitment has made Detroit what it is today.”

Originally founded as the General Motors Diesel Division, Detroit’s strength, quality and tradition have been on display through multiple product and technology introductions throughout the years. With the market launch of the Series 60® in 1987, for example, Detroit began to forge the path for cleaner and fuel-efficient heavy-duty engines.

“The Series 60 is an important part of our history,” said Williamson. “It was the first production engine to have integrated electronic controls as a standard feature, and ultimately became the most popular heavy-duty diesel engine in the North American Class 8 truck market.”

The company officially changed its name to Detroit Diesel Corporation in 1988 as part of a joint venture between Penske Corporation and General Motors, and in 2000 became part of the Daimler family.

“Through our transitions, we have continued our commitment to innovation and product development,” said Williamson. “Detroit has made several moves that reinforced our dedication to enhancing vehicle performance and improving a driver’s bottom line.”

From a $350 million investment to refurbish the Redford manufacturing plant in 2005, to launching the Detroit DD15® engine in 2007 and the implementation of BlueTec® SCR emissions technology in 2010, Detroit has continued its emphasis on performance and sustainability. The DD13® and DD16® designed for the vocational market rounded out the Detroit Diesel family of EPA engines and were launched in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Most recently, the introduction of Detroit™ axles and the Detroit DT12™ automated manual transmission marked the completion of the Detroit integrated powertrain. As part of Daimler Trucks’ Global Excellence Strategy to have uniform production standards and processes worldwide, the integrated powertrain results in the most efficient, highest quality and lowest cost of ownership products in the industry. The new powertrain related component line as well as the Detroit family of engines equipped with BlueTec emissions technology, were all renamed under the new Detroit brand name in 2012.

Also joining the Detroit brand family in 2012 was Virtual Technician — the company’s revolutionary real-time diagnostic system. The on-board diagnostic system provides real-time engine diagnostics, enabling drivers and fleet managers to quickly and accurately evaluate events. Detroit™ Virtual Technician comes standard on every EPA 2010 and later Freightliner truck (optional on Western Star trucks) equipped with a Detroit engine.

Pacing the industry in emissions compliance and fuel efficiency, the Detroit family of updated 2013 engines were engineered to meet Greenhouse Gas 2014 (GHG14) regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Safety Administration. The newly designed heavy-duty engines reinforce Detroit’s commitment to sustainability and combine engine, electronics and BlueTec emissions technology improvements to benefit fuel economy. A 1-Box™ package with fewer parts universally configured for all trucks as well as a new fuel filter system also results in improved serviceability.

“We’re driven by those same tenets of strength, quality and tradition that have been in place since 1938,” said Williamson. “We will continue to pace the industry in developing products that meet emissions regulations and achieve optimal fuel efficiency. We’re proud of our legacy and look forward to the next challenge.”

Detroit celebrated its 75th anniversary with a day of festivities in July dedicated to all the employees who made it possible. The employee appreciation event was held on the Redford campus and recognized the more than 2,300 Detroit employees who currently work at the Redford facility, as well as the company’s 2,000 retirees. Since 1938, Detroit has employed approximately 15,000 Michigan residents.

“Our employee appreciation event provided us with the opportunity to not only commemorate our history but to celebrate all of the hard working people behind the brand and the products,” said Williamson. “We are proud of our contributions to not only Southeast Michigan but to the transportation industry as well. Detroit has been at the forefront of product innovation since the beginning and we will continue to develop industry leading products that have a global impact.”

Since its inception in 1938, Detroit has built more than four million engines at its three million square-foot manufacturing plant in Redford. Over the past ten years, Daimler Trucks North America has invested more than $750 million in the Detroit plant, making it one of the most state-of-the-art powertrain manufacturing facilities in the world.

Detroit’s complete line of engines and axles for the commercial transportation industry in both the on-highway and vocational markets are sold and serviced through a network of more than 800 locations throughout North America.

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blank 09/04/14 08:07AM Dale Chestnut, Popcorn Sutton, Truck Racing

Dale Chestnut Wins
Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports

 


 

Dale Chestnut Wins   

Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports 

 

Glenview, Ill (September 2, 2014) - The Labor Day weekend of short-course off-road racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is the host of three days of incredible racing. The showcase event for the Potawatomi Friday Night Thunder program was Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports. The eight lap race featured twenty-six MORR Sportsman racers representing five different classes and all vying for over $10,000 in cash and products.

 

The race itself divides the five classes, based upon previous race lap times, into two groups. The first group to leave the land rush start were the fourteen Super Stock racers and two Classix Competitors. Then twenty-five seconds later four Super Truck racers, five Formula 4x4 pilots, and three Limited 4 drivers charged into Potawatomi Turn One.

 

The start saw both Classix drivers, Dale Chestnut and Scott Mueller gain the advantage right from the start.  Meanwhile it was Limited 4 driver, Dan Baudoux that took the lead in the second group.

 

As the laps wound down, Baudoux was slashing his way through the field and with just under three laps until the finish, the Hemlock, Michigan racer drove his Ford Raptor around the Chevy Monte Carlo of Scott Mueller to move into second place. Now the crowd wondered if Baudoux had enough time to catch the Ford Bronco of Chestnut.

 

Baudoux was turning laps nearly over two seconds quicker than the leader, as Chestnut was running the race of his career. As the checkered flag was raised, Dale Chestnut driving his #613 Double D Services BFGoodrich Tire Ford Bronco took the win. The #17 B & L Motorsports backed Ford Raptor of Dan Baudoux finished just over two seconds back in the runner-up spot as Scott Mueller held off the hard charging Super Stock Truck racer of Nick Byng for third.

 

The podium celebration was incredible as both Mark Kvamme of Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey, and Albert Bancroft of B & L Motorsports were on hand to congratulate all three podium finishers. For the effort, winner Dale Chestnut took home a check for $3,500 as well as another $2000 in contingency awards. Another $3000 in prize money was split between the remaining top five finishers.

 

"Our team has won quite a few races and taken home a few championships, but tonight's win is the highlight of my racing career," exclaimed Dale Chestnut. "I have never driven this Ford Bronco this hard. I knew if I got the holeshot and never let up, I would have a chance. Scott Mueller was right there like has been all year. I just didn't know if the truck would hold up at the pace we were running, but never missed a beat.  This was an awesome race. Thanks again to Popcorn Sutton, B & L Motorsports, Crandon, and to the guy who put this all together. Just look at the crowd we had today at the podium, this race and this place are just awesome."

"That was the hardest I've ever driven," noted second place finisher, Dan Baudoux. "I knew had to really hustle if I had a shot at the win. We almost did it, but we needed another lap to get a chance at Dale.  Regardless Dale ran a great race, our run was nearly perfect, and I haven't had this much fun racing a truck in a long time. Thanks again to Popcorn Sutton and B & L Motorsports. I hope we do this again next year."

 

 

 

Along with race sponsors Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey and B & L Motorsports, several companies offered contingency awards, Including: BDS Suspension, Teamtech Motorsports, Allstar Performance, BFGoodrich Tires, ATD Transmissions, PDank Performance,  

J & H Transmissions and AMSOIL.

 

Popcorn Sutton's Sportsman Truck Challenge presented by B & L Motorsports USAC Race Results

 

Pos

No.

Name

Class

Laps

Diff

Total Tm

Best Tm

1

613

Dale Chestnut

Classix

8

 

12:47.273

1:30. 297

2

17

Dan Baudoux

Limited 4 X 4

8

2.396

12:49.669

1:26. 412

3

631

Scott Mueller

Classix

8

21.502

13:08.775

1:32. 575

4

833

Nick Byng

Super Stock Truck

8

22.521

13:09.794

1:33. 565

5

827

Matt Siorek

Super Stock Truck

8

33.227

13:20.500

1:34. 213

6

32

Jack Heidman

Limited 4 X 4

8

34.811

13:22.084

1:29. 117

7

9

Dave Christoferson

Limited 4 X 4

8

35.687

13:22.960

1:30. 397

8

471

Brad LaMarche

Formula 4 x 4

8

40.087

13:27.360

1:28. 095

9

248

Tim Nelson

Super Truck

8

41.227

13:28.500

1:30. 369

10

819

Jeremy Gitzlaff

Super Stock Truck

8

43.086

13:30.359

1:36. 037

11

886

Gatlin Keehner

Super Stock Truck

8

45.945

13:33.218

1:36. 108

12

885

Don Demney

Super Stock Truck

8

49.309

13:36.582

1:36. 154

13

837

Tom Graff

Super Stock Truck

8

55.38

13:42.653

1:35. 644

14

877

Matt Dale

Super Stock Truck

8

1:23. 414

14:10.687

1:39. 639

15

870

Rob Legrand

Super Stock Truck

8

1:28. 368

14:15.641

1:38. 885

16

815

Shaun Bruski

Super Stock Truck

8

1:29. 274

14:16.547

1:38. 652

17

899

Scott Heikkila

Super Stock Truck

8

1:33. 455

14:20.728

1:40. 663

18

871

Ben Weirzba

Super Stock Truck

7

1 Lap

12:19.150

1:39. 054

19

851

Joey Maciosek

Super Stock Truck

4

4 Laps

7:23. 274

1:39. 344

20

803

Ken Wilson

Super Stock Truck

3

5 Laps

5:34. 060

1:37. 633

21

266

Kevin Hanegraff

Super Truck

3

5 Laps

5:41. 877

1:30. 054

22

454

Michael Platz

Formula 4 x 4

3

5 Laps

5:56. 106

1:35. 371

23

475

S. Dave Miah

Formula 4 x 4

2

6 Laps

4:33. 699

1:38. 628

24

224

Jimmy Ridderbush

Super Truck

1

7 Laps

2:39. 555

1:32. 669

25

228

Matt Solka

Super Truck

1

7 Laps

2:46. 749

1:38. 414

26

887

Jay Schaefer

Super Stock Truck

 

 

 

 

 

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- Mike Reusche , race report

- Evil Smile Photography, pics

 

 

 


 

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2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class

Ultimate Towing Machine: 2015 Ford F-450 Rated Best-in-Class Using Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 Standard

For customers who require no-compromise towing capability, the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup boasts the highest rating of any pickup truck in the United States – 31,200 pounds, measured using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard

F-450 Super Duty towing capability is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4x4 pickup truck

Ford will rate 2015 F-Series Super Duty maximum payload using base curb weight, aligning its payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles

2015 Ford Super Duty F-450

Ford reaffirms the undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup at 31,200 pounds after testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard.

SAE J2807 establishes tow vehicle performance requirements against certain performance criteria to determine a truck’s maximum trailer tow rating. Ford is a founding member of the J2807 committee, which includes other truck and trailer manufacturers.

“We leave no doubt with customers that the F-450 pickup truck has best-in-class towing of 31,200 pounds – whether tested using our own internal towing standards or SAE J2807,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

2015 Ford F-450 upgrades
Ford improved the 2015 F-450 pickup by giving it a more capable version of the F-350 frame, plus a more capable suspension and 19.5-inch wheels and tires to enable its best-in-class towing.

The F-450 pickup is available exclusively as a crew cab 4x4. The truck’s J2807-certified maximum tow rating is 2,200 pounds greater than its closest competitor’s crew cab 4x4 pickup.

Best-in-class towing performance is achieved with Ford’s second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel engine that has been developed to provide the segment’s top combination of power, torque and efficiency. The Power Stroke boasts best-in-class 440 horsepower across all Super Duty pickup models – from F-250 to F-450. Super Duty also offers 860 lb.-ft. of torque for the same models.

Ford is the only heavy-duty pickup truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – from concept to execution – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize the vehicle’s performance across the entire lineup.

Ford previously determined F-450 pickup towing capacity using rigorous internal testing standards exclusively. Now it has added SAE J2807 test procedures, reaffirming the F-450 pickup rating. F-450 passed the additional tests with 31,200 pounds in tow, just as it passed Ford internal tests.

SAE J2807 requires the vehicle to be loaded with about 400 pounds more weight than Ford’s internal test (two passengers instead of one, and base curb weight instead of minimum curb weight), but the weight addition has no effect on F-450 towing capacity. Using either standard, F-450 has best-in-class towing capacity of 31,200 pounds.

As a result of the J2807 test results, Ford is also increasing the F-450 pickup’s already best-in-class gross combined weight rating from 40,000 pounds to 40,400 pounds – topping the nearest competitor by 2,500 pounds

Payload rating changes
Ford is migrating to the J2807 standard when it introduces all-new vehicles and will use base curb weight, rather than minimum curb weight, to determine payload ratings for all of its pickup trucks. The change will align Ford’s payload rating practices with other manufacturers to make it easier for customers to compare vehicles.

Using base curb weight, maximum payload for the 2015 F-450 pickup goes from 5,450 pounds to 5,300 pounds.

As always, actual payload ratings are determined for an individual vehicle in its as-built condition at the factory. Ford F-Series Super Duty customers continue to have the flexibility to add or delete equipment to meet their specific payload needs. Each truck’s unique payload rating can be found on the tire and loading label on the door frame.



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blank 08/28/14 12:44PM Aerodynamics, Ford F-150, Readers Pics

How Ford Engineers Made the All-New F-150
the Toughest-Looking, Most Aerodynamically Efficient F-150 Ever

F-150 Windtunnel Test
  • Distinctive Built Ford Tough style of the all-new F-150 pushes boundaries of bold design while increasing aerodynamic efficiency over the previous model
  • F-150 evolves hallmark design cues from first F-Series trucks
  • Restyled badge echoes design elements throughout

Designers of the 2015 Ford F-150 had a challenging goal to meet when they set out to reimagine the world’s best-selling pickup: Create an aerodynamic, efficient design that did not compromise the tough, bold looks that define Ford trucks.

The team succeeded.

The new F-150’s structured look features squared-off edges, shapes and surfaces that convey confidence, capability and work readiness. Yet these elements also work together to allow F-150 to slip through the air more efficiently.

“The truck’s sharp, boxy shape gives it a tough appearance, but actually the key to the design is aerodynamic efficiency – getting the most out of the shape,” said Brad Richards, Ford F-150 exterior design manager. “We made F-150 look tough and capable, while also reducing wind resistance.”

Aerodynamic testing ensures a happy medium
Richards and team accomplished the feat of balancing strength and efficiency by incorporating sharp edges into the overall design. The strategically designed edges convey toughness, but also enable airflow to hug the surfaces at the front portion of the truck. Rear corners are designed to allow the air to cleanly detach from the vehicle to reduce turbulence and swirling air that can cause drag and reduce efficiency. The improved aerodynamics help increase efficiency by reducing the work performed by the engine to overcome aerodynamic drag.

The grille is vertical, yet its outer portions are angled back and lead to the headlamps and bumper corners that are also swept back to smoothly direct airflow down the sides, reducing drag. The beveled leading edge of the hood helps promote smooth airflow to the windshield and roof.

As the design of the all-new F-150 evolved with clay models, wind tunnel testing enabled designers to see where they could gain greater aerodynamic efficiencies:

    Flush-mounted windshield eliminates need for molding that would disrupt smooth airflow
    Tailgate top is designed to act as a spoiler, giving air that flows off the roof a place to land before smoothly trailing off, reducing turbulence behind the truck
    Cargo box is narrower than the cab, with no reduction in box volume, which enhances airflow, while a trim piece prevents air from getting trapped between cab and box
    Rear corners including taillamps are precisely angled so air breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck
    The duct under the headlamp channels air through to the wheel housing and reduces the wake generated from the wheel.

“Testing in the wind tunnel helped us fine-tune a happy medium between styling, aerodynamics, engineering and cost,” said Richards. “We learned where we could push shape and design to reduce drag, and where to stop when we weren’t gaining anything.”

F-150 Aerodynamics Visual

Toughness is in the details
“The shapes, lines, angles and motifs are much stronger on the all-new F-150, and the chiseled edges convey toughness,” said Richards. “The hallmark beltline along the outside mirrors is the strongest piece of Built Ford Tough DNA. That’s inspired by heavy equipment such as cranes and bulldozers. It looks good, but it also improves driver visibility.”

The dropped beltline styling element can be seen in the outline of the headlamps and taillamps, while bevels, angles and notches are incorporated into the hood, windshield and tailgate, as well as throughout the interior, including the sew patterns on the seats.

F-150 also retains heritage design cues, such as the familiar headlamp shape that evokes the grille surround of the 1948 Ford F-1 and wraparound steel front bumper.

New badge signifies efficiency, leadership
Design details of the truck carry over to the new badge design, in which the characters are shaped with bevels to mimic those found in the body design.

The signature “F” has been opened up to signify a lighter, more efficient truck, yet it’s also larger to emphasize F-Series truck leadership.

The new badge design, using a font called Bold Leadership, will eventually find its way onto all F-Series trucks – right on through to the medium-duty Ford F-750.

“F-Series is all about bold and tough,” said Marco Querciagrossa, who leads badge design for Ford vehicles. “We created a badge that confidently conveys that.”

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