FORD’S UP­COM­iNG SU­PeR DUtY TesTeD WiTH NeW ‘ViR­TUAL MOUN­TAiN’ TRAileR

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Test­ing for the up­com­ing 2017 Ford F-Se­ries Su­per Duty pickup re­quired a new ‘drag sled’ that sim­u­lates the pull of a heavy trailer up steep moun­tain grades, since the old sled didn’t suf­fi­ciently chal­lenge the more pow­er­ful new F-Se­ries.

So Ford cre­ated a steeper and tougher ‘vir­tual moun­tain’ to use dur­ing hot weather test­ing in ar­eas of Ari­zona that didn’t pro­vide enough of the real kind, or that al­lowed Ford to sim­u­late moun­tain grades in var­i­ous ar­eas of its test fa­cil­ity.

The sled sim­u­lates steep grades by cre­at­ing drag against the pro­to­type truck, with the new sled pro­vid­ing up to max­i­mum ‘grav­ity pull’ of 5,620 pounds. That may not sound like that much for a heavy duty pickup, but it’s 181 per­cent in­crease in re­sis­tance com­pared to the old one.

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