Ford wishes you to know that its Hybrid PowerBoost F-a hundred and fifty is just as challenging as its conventional non-hybrid versions of the truck. We’d assume nothing at all less, but Ford just launched a 5-moment video detailing all of the various torture assessments it topics the F-a hundred and fifty relatives to. You can enjoy it earlier mentioned — it is fairly academic and fun to enjoy, as maker tests films go.
The most intriguing element of the entire ordeal is Ford’s freshly-formulated torture check of the hybrid battery. Ford built a customized multi-axis bucking bronco rig for the battery to sit on. That rig makes use of hydraulic actuation to shake the dwelling hell out of the battery. Ford claims it is in a position to properly simulate the truck hitting severe potholes and running more than washboard streets with this rig. It also statements that eighty two several hours on this equipment is the equivalent of 10 yrs on the highway.
All the other assessments for the hybrid powertrain are conventional fare for the F-a hundred and fifty lineup. It is taken to Davis Dam in the Mojave Desert for full towing potential tests. Engineers go up and down the 11.4-mile, 3,five hundred-foot slope pulling the 12,seven-hundred-pound optimum potential trailer to see if it can take care of the steep climb mixed with 100-in addition-diploma heat.
Off-highway capacity is judged in the Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California. The F-a hundred and fifty is subjected to a selection of off-highway events including mountainous sand dunes, large-speed trails, mud partitions, and slippery and jagged rocks. At property on Ford’s Proving Grounds, robots regularly travel it more than male-built potholed and grooved streets as well severe for human tests.
Of class, Ford is not the only one particular who torture assessments their vans to the restrict. Just about every maker has its very own established of assessments to validate its engineering.
When it goes on sale this drop, the F-a hundred and fifty PowerBoost hybrid will make 430 horsepower and 570 pound-toes of torque. That will make it the torquiest F-a hundred and fifty in the lineup.