Ford Was Testing Its 2015 F-150 in 2011, And Most Drivers Had No Clue

There was quite a big deal made when the new Ford F-150 made its world debut earlier in the year. Aside from a radical makeover inside and out, most of the underpinnings and bed were fit with lightweight aluminum, a relatively new feature in the truck industry. But even more interesting was that Ford was testing its new aluminum F-150 way before anyone had any idea what was going on. In 2011, Ford unleashed a number of prototypes at a Pennsylvania mining company and told them to “drive it like they stole it.” PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum
Ford Was Testing Its 2015 F-150 in 2011, And Most Drivers Had No Clue
Most of the mine workers admittedly knew they were “driving something new,” but they had no clue that underneath that old and tired exterior was a brand spankin new aluminum frame. In total, six prototypes were used during that time, all prepping for the new 2015 F-150. During the three years of testing, the F-150’s racked up over 350,000 miles of hard mine work. Hauling heavy objects and rough terrain were a daily obstacle, with a few drivers noting the toughness of the aluminum bed (which they know now). PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Ford F-150 XLT
Three years later, and Ford was confident that it’s new aluminum F-150 was ready for production. That’s a pretty thorough test if you ask us. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

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