Ford recently unveiled the 2017 F-Series Super Duty and now the company is showing us how it was tested to accommodate everything from glass racks to salt spreaders.

Ford recently unveiled the 2017 F-Series Super Duty and now the company is showing us how it was tested to accommodate everything from glass racks to salt spreaders.

Since the Super Duty is the workhouse of Ford's lineup, engineers began work at an early stage to ensure the truck had a strong cargo box that could handle an assortment of aftermarket equipment.  As part of the process, body structure engineers ran countless hours of computer simulations to predict "box load performance" to ensure the model's cargo box was as tough or tougher than the one used on its predecessor.

Vehicle integration engineers and body engineers also worked hand-in-hand during the truck's development.  This collaboration led to several changes including the use of reshaped panels, added reinforcements, and "up-gauged materials."

When it came to testing the trucks in the real world, Ford subjected the F-Series Super Duty to off-road terrain and overloaded equipment.  The company says the truck's box stood up to the abuse, run after run.  The trucks were then taken back to the lab for a closer inspection and no issues were found in either the structure or mounting surfaces.

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty will go on sale late next year and will be available with three different engines including a 6.2-liter V8, a 6.8-liter V10, and a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel.

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