An American truck for a very American record.
Yesterday wasn’t Independence Day nor was it Flag Day, but even so Ford decided Saturday morning would be the appropriate time for the 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty to establish a new and very patriotic Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.” It was a successful attempt after pulling a 45 by 92 foot (4,124 square feet) U.S. flag. The record-breaking attempt took place at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile track in Florida and it took down the previous record established on September 28 by a Chevrolet with a 3,203 square feet flag at Texas Motor Speedway.
The torquetastic V8 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine with its 925 pound-feet (1,254 Newton-meters) and 440 horsepower (328 kilowatts) enables the truck to tow a maximum of 32,500 pounds (14,741 kilograms), so you can imagine it had no problems whatsoever towing the immense U.S. flag.
There were a few conditions the F-450 Super Duty had to meet in order to establish a new record, one of which was to travel beyond the 328 feet (100 meters) previous record mark and it had to do it without the flag touching the ground at all. That it did by covering a certified distance of 360 feet (109 meters) without the flag every hitting the track. The truck actually covered four full laps around the circuit where the Ford Championship Weekend takes place and where the truck is going to put on a show this afternoon as part of the festivities organized before the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race.
In order to make it all happen, Ford had to build 45-foot riggings from eyelet to eyelet to enable the 2017 F-450 Super Duty haul the U.S. flag, which was launched and retrieved by a team of 20 people.