The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has already scaled the highest points of the Continental Divide, weathered a decade of exposure in subtropics and desert climates and outlasted the coldest winter on record.
Before the first 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line, it will have been subjected to 10 million miles of combined real-world and simulated durability testing. Many of those miles were accumulated in states such as Arizona, Nevada, California, Florida and Pennsylvania – all for different aspects of extreme testing.
The new F-150 towed trailers over mountain passes in temperatures above 120 degrees, withstood frame-punishing terrain on an off-road course and conquered a frozen lake at minus 40 degrees. It endured high-humidity chambers, salt vats and riverbeds. The F-150 towed heavy loads up grueling, steep roads. Robots slammed its doors and tailgates, and dropped heavy objects onto the bed of the truck. It persevered through twisting and shaking from multiple directions.
Some Ford tests are so extreme that a five-day period equals 10 years or 150,000 miles of abuse by the roughest customers.