Ford has tough tested its military-grade cargo box for the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with aftermarket equipment such as glass racks, salt spreaders and ATV carriers on purpose-built potholes and off-road surfaces.
Ford says that the body of the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is made from high-strength aluminium alloy that is more resistant to ding and dent than the outgoing steel cargo box and is also impervious to red rust corrosion. The new fully-boxed frame is also is also 24 times stiffer owing to the composition of 95% high-strength steel.
By employing high-strength steel and aluminium alloys, the weight has been reduced by 350 lbs (159 kg) thereby giving users even more towing and hauling capabilities. Supercomputers were also utilised to predict the robustness of the box. Ford body structure engineers ran simulations to predict box load performance to ensure that the all-new model’s cargo box was as tough as that of the previous model.
During the evaluation, the box was also overloaded with certain equipment and the new design was able to cope up with the stress. After completing the evaluation, the vehicles were examined and no concerns were spotted in the supporting structure or the mounting surfaces.
The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty will be built at the Kentucky Truck Plant and is scheduled to go on sale by late next year.