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
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).
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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.
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