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    Undercover 2015 Ford F-150s worked in a mine for years
    Ford released six 2011 F-150s with 2015 aluminum beds for a harsh real-world test.
    By Alex Kierstein May 29, 2014 / Photos by Ford


    Back in 2011, Ford had a problem. The next truck, in development, was slated to use an untested, experimental all-aluminum bed. Sure, there was internal company testing, but what would real-world users think of it? Ford didn't want to wait until they'd made the investment to find out. They gave a pair of vehicles to three different worksites: a Nevada gold mine, a Pennsylvania construction company, and a North Carolina regional utility company. The workers were told to use the trucks as per normal—that is to say, beat on them like they would any company truck.

    Ford spokesman Mike Levine told us that the tests were a success—the workers loved the trucks—and also led to some improvements. The aluminum floor of the bed was made thicker for increased strength, and the tailgate was redesigned.
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    Despite knowing there was something different about the prototype trucks, the workers weren't told exactly what the difference was—but they figured it out when the paint chipped off the unlined bed and didn't rust. One crew tried to attach a magnetic sign to the bed, and of course it didn't stick. It didn't keep them from treating them rough, though. In fact, some non-prototype 2011 F-150s broke bed mounts in the rough use they saw on the worksite, but the 2015 bed mounts were superior and didn't break.

    Levine was coy in a conversation about whether Ford would continue the deep undercover prototype program for future vehicles. He said Ford would evaluate it on a case-by-case basis, but so far the program's been a success, so I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen again in the future. After all, these are the people who snuck a 2015 F-150 into the 2013 Baja 1000, and no one was the wiser until we found out about it.



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    This is how Ford snuck a 2015 F-150 past everyone at the Baja 1000
    Filthy in plain sight.
    By Zach Bowman January 14, 2014 / Photos by Foutz Motorsports

    Greg Foutz has been turning production Ford pickups into Baja 1000 beasts since the mid-1990s. When Ford wants to put a pickup through the gauntlet in the desert, Foutz spins the wrenches and makes it happen. Last year, the phone rang at Foutz Motorsports—Ford wanted to do something different. With the aluminum-bodied F-150 headed for production and an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 coming to the order sheet, the company wanted to race a 2015 F-150 in the 2013 Baja 1000. The catch? No one could see the new truck before it was unveiled in Detroit.

    Ford pulled a prototype pickup from its test fleet: a 2015 model in 2014 clothing. In order to keep spy photographers at bay, Ford went through the hassle of stamping a number of 2014 bodies in aluminum for road testing. It was the perfect camouflage.
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    “This truck is all the 2015 powertrain, frame, the suspension stuff, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost motor, and then they actually stamped the old molds out in aluminum so we could hide in plain sight,” Foutz said.

    He grabbed a prototype and set to work. Unlike previous race trucks, Ford was dead set on using as may production parts as possible. Aside from a set of lift springs, Fox shocks borrowed from the Raptor, a fuel cell in the bed, a cage, and a set of 35/12.50 R17 prototype BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, the truck is bone stock. It even has the factory transmission cooler.

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    “We broke all the rules for racing. This is as stock as you can possibly get. It’s all the stock arms and four-wheel drive components.”

    Ford even insisted on using the factory air intake and filter. During the race, the ambient air turns from gas to a viscous solid comprised of sand, tumbleweed, and slower competitors. If you want to finish the Baja 1000, you simply don’t run a factory air filter.
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    But the truck is still a prototype, not a production vehicle, and this means it had to compete in the Class 2, where the only limitations are cylinder count and displacement.

    Interestingly enough, the switch to an aluminum body structure actually allowed Ford to use a thicker gauge metal for greater durability while still saving substantial weight. How much? Between the new aluminum body and the new high-strength steel frame, Ford trimmed 700 pounds from its bread-and-butter pickup. On the street, it means better fuel economy. On the trail, it means the F-150 race truck is far easier on equipment.

    In a race notorious for pounding hardware into submission, Ford managed to wrap up all 1000 miles of trail without so much as a tire puncture. That’s nearly unheard of.
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    After the race was over, Ford asked Greg to pull one more stunt: drive the truck, unchanged, from Mexico to Michigan.

    “When we drove it back, we put a temporary windshield in it because some states have real windshield laws, but structurally, the truck’s fine. It’s ready to go race again.”

    READ MORE: 2015 Ford F-150 unveiled at Detroit

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    See what you can do when you are given a budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perko View Post
    See what you can do when you are given a budget?
    I picture Ford Detroit as your great grandma, every time you see her she gives you 20 cents and is like now sonny jim, don't spend it all at once! Except sonny jim was Ford Australia.

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    The total number of vehicle sold in Australia in 2013 equaled just over a million units. The total number of F150s sold in 2013 was just under one million units. This vehicle would have to be the most profitable vehicle on the planet, and I don't mean just for Ford.

    I'm pleased they totally screwed GM with this 2015 model, catching them off guard in two areas; one, it was made of Aluminium, two, it looks brilliant.

    Even the GM ceo said he wanted one.

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    The Atlas concept vehicle was absolutely superb in my opinion. So at least the F150 was always going to start off with a good canvas. Also Ford needed to look at how to improve efficiency with the car and aluminum was a logical step. I know that the volume between here and there is completely different, but can't help having a dig none the less. Still have remnants of "goodbye Falcon" syndrome in me.
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    How good would that be to be told by your boss to drive it like you stole it, lol.

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    Ford to Forgo 90,000 F-Series Trucks in Move to Aluminum
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    Ford Motor Co. (F) is set to lose production of more than 90,000 of its F-Series pickups, its best-selling and most profitable model, as it retools factories for a new aluminum-bodied truck that it’s betting will pay off in higher sales down the road.

    The series of plant shutdowns will reduce the company’s sales, market share and profits in the lucrative pickup truck market, Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, told reporters yesterday. To minimize disruption to supply, Ford is building up inventory of the F-Series and still expects the truck to be the best-selling vehicle line in the U.S. this year, a title it has held for 32 years, Hinrichs said.

    “It’s a one-time hit that we have to deal with on the production side to convert” the factories, he said at the company’s product development center at its Dearborn, Michigan headquarters. “Remember, we get paid on wholesales and revenue -- 90,000 F-150s -- I won’t tell you what that really means, but it’s a lot.”

    The second-largest U.S. automaker has said profits and margins will decline this year as it rolls out a record 23 new models worldwide, including 16 in North America. The redesigned F-150 is its most critical new model as Ford outfits it with a lightweight aluminum body, which it says will significantly boost fuel economy compared with the current steel trucks.

    “There isn’t a vehicle that is more important to Ford than the F-Series,” said Michelle Krebs, an analyst with researcher AutoTrader.com. “They’re taking an enormous risk with the next-generation truck because aluminum is untested at this scale and they don’t know how it will be received by customers.”

    Steel Predecessor

    The F-Series accounts for one in five of Ford’s U.S. sales and the company has said the aluminum-bodied version will be as much as 700 pounds (318 kilograms) lighter than its steel predecessor. The vehicle will also close in on 30 miles (48 kilometers) per gallon in highway driving, people familiar with the matter have said. Ford will offer the lightweight pickup with a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine, the smallest displacement powertrain in its truck lineup.

    The company shut two F-Series factories in Dearborn and Claycomo, Missouri, for three weeks in the first quarter to begin preparations for the new truck. It will shut the factories for 10 more weeks this year, including three weeks next month, as it converts tooling and body shops to bend and build with aluminum rather than steel.

    Draining Lots

    Sales of the F-Series will drop during the transition to the new metal as a result of lost production and because the company needs to build up inventory to ensure there are no stock shortages with dealers. The company is aiming to have more than 100 days’ supply of F-Series, John Felice, vice president of U.S. sales and marketing, said yesterday, which is above the industry standard of 60 days of inventory on dealer lots.

    Ford will also avoid deeply discounting the current F-150 lineup so it can stockpile inventory to make it through the factory shutdowns. According to Hinrichs, Ford has lower incentives on its trucks than its competitors to avoid draining dealers’ lots of their best seller.

    Ford is attempting to protect profits by not discounting as much as competitors, though it still expects North America margins to fall to a range of 8 percent to 9 percent this year from 10 percent last year, he said. The company earned $989 million in the first quarter, down 39 percent from a year earlier.
    ‘Critical Period’

    Still, Hinrichs said the average price paid for the current F-150 is rising even though its design hasn’t been significantly updated since 2006.

    “We definitely know how to sell trucks,” Hinrichs said. “If we really wanted to, we could sell a lot more trucks in the near term, but we have to manage this thing through the critical period we’re in.”

    Last month, F-Series sales slipped 4.3 percent to 68,520, the company said in a statement today. May sales of General Motors Co. (GM)’s Silverado pickup increased 7.8 percent to 46,648, while Chrysler Group LLC’s Ram truck rose 17 percent 37,131.

    While Ford’s transition strategy for the F-150 will mean lost share and sales, the company still expects the F-Series to be the top-selling U.S. vehicle line in 2014.

    “We have to watch this thing across the whole launch period and make sure we can maintain our leadership,” Hinrichs said. “We don’t intend to give up a lot of share. It’s just how aggressive do you go for more when you have to manage through this launch period?”

    Trucks sales tend to rise in the second half of the year, when automakers merchandise “Truck Month” specials, Krebs said. “October, November and December are huge truck months,” Krebs said. “So they’ll need a lot of inventory.”

    To contact the reporter on this story: Keith Naughton in Detroit at knaughton3@bloomberg.net

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    Word is that Ford is working with suppliers to build as many F 150s as it can before the planned shutdown at Dearborn Truck
    and then keep Kansas city going with current truck builds until the end of the year whem KCAP will switch.

    Also extra capacity is being added to the Super Duty line in Kentucky truck Plant, I'm betting F250 with 6.2 will be offered
    at a bargain price to capture as many displaced F150 sales as possible.

    The bad news for GM is that even combined sales of the new Silverado and GMC Sierra cannot get past F Series,
    that has to be a point of embarrassment, especially with Ram Trucks now pushing closer to Silverado sales...

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